Human Highway (band)

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Human Highway
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Secret City, Suicide Squeeze
Associated acts Islands
Members Jim Guthrie
Nicholas Thorburn
Evan Gordon
Geordie Gordon
Aaron Harris

Human Highway is a Canadian indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, composed of singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie and Nicholas Thorburn of the band Islands.[1] Their style is influenced by 1960s and 1970s AM radio pop music.[2][3]


The band started in the early 2000s;[4] the pair had previously worked together in the band Islands, and Thorburn asked Guthrie for help with a song called "My Beach".[5] The band's name is a reference to the Neil Young song "Human Highway".[6][4]

The duo's debut album, Moody Motorcycle,[7] was released in August, 2008 on Secret City Records in Canada and Suicide Squeeze Records in the United States.[8] Islands members Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon and Aaron Harris were recruited to fill out the band. Reviews of the album were fairly positive.[9][8][1]

Up to that time Human Highway was strictly a recording project; the band began playing live support of the album, performing in New York[10] as well as four live shows in Ontario and Quebec[11] and took part in Canada Music Week in March.[12] They released a video to accompany their song "The Sound". before going on tour.[13]

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  1. ^ a b "Human Highway (Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie) Moody Motorcycle". Tiny Mixtapes, 2008 By Josh Constine
  2. ^ "Human Highway Moody Motorcycle". Wilson McBee, Slant, August 27, 2008
  3. ^ "Human Highway Moody Motorcycle". Pop Matters, Matthew Fiander 9 September 2008
  4. ^ a b "Human Highway" Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine.. AllMusic, Biography by Margaret Reges
  5. ^ "Moody Motorcycle Rides Along Human Highway",, April 23, 2008.
  6. ^ 10 Questions w/ Human Highway's Jim Guthrie (18 August 2008). Greg Meister. Retrieved on 27 December 2008.
  7. ^ Whibbs, Chris."Human Highway Detour", Exclaim!, September 2008 .
  8. ^ a b "The Music Box". North Adams Transcript via Newspaper Archives. September 26, 2008 - Page 12
  9. ^ "Pick of the Week Human Highway" Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Rayner, Ben, Aug 19, 2008 Page L.10
  10. ^ " Human Highway Play First-Ever Live Show". Spin, Larry Fitzmaurice // September 16, 2008
  11. ^ "Human Highway Plot North American Tour". Chart Attack - Jan 7, 2009
  12. ^ "CMW 2009: Friday night round-up - Dreamy Scream, fab Furs". The Buzz, CBC, March 14, 2009, by Sarah Liss
  13. ^ "New Video: Human Highway Get Deconstructed". Spin, William Goodman // February 26, 2009

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