The High

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The High
OriginManchester, England, UK
GenresAlternative rock, psychedelic rock, Madchester/baggy
Years active1989–1993, 2015–present
Associated actsThe Stone Roses
Buzzcocks F.O.C.
Inspiral Carpets
MembersAndy Couzens
John Matthews
Tony Meehan
Richard Thomas
Scott Parkinson
Past membersSimon Davies
Chris Goodwin
Jack Couzens

The High are an English rock group from Manchester, whose sound combines alternative rock with a 1960s pop/psychedelic guitar sound.


The band was formed in 1989 by former Turning Blue singer John Matthews, along with former Buzzcocks F.O.C. members Andy Couzens (guitar, also formerly of The Stone Roses and pre-Roses bands The Patrol and Waterfront), Simon Davies (bass), and drummer Chris Goodwin (also formerly of the Waterfront as well as the Inspiral Carpets), when Steve Diggle left Buzzcocks F.O.C. to reform the Buzzcocks.[1][2]

They were signed by London Records and had three minor UK Singles Chart hits in 1990 before breaking into the top 30 in 1991 with a revamped version of their debut single, the Martin Hannett-produced "Box Set Go".[1][3] The band's debut album, Somewhere Soon, peaked at number 59 in the UK Album Chart.

With the Madchester scene losing favour with the critics, the band's later releases failed to chart, resulting in the band splitting up in 1993.[1] John Matthews and Chris Goodwin went on to form the group One Summer, with Manchester musicians Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar) and Carl Wolstenholme (bass). One Summer worked with Factory Records group A Certain Ratio and recorded a demo for the label before it went into administration.


The High reformed in early 2015, with John Matthews and Andy Couzens the only original members; they are joined by Tony Meehan (bass), Jack Couzens (drums), and Richard Thomas (keyboards).

The new line-up headlined at the Gigantic Festival in Manchester at the Academy 2 on 23 May 2015, as their comeback gig and have played a number of headline shows since.

Recent work[edit]

The band has also been writing and recording new material, and in June 2016 released their first single in 25 years, "Kiss the Sun" on their own label Thin Line Productions.

Warner Brothers re-released their debut album Somewhere Soon in June 2016, and a long-awaited album was due for release in early 2017.

In 2016, new drummer Jack Couzens left due to schedule clashes and was succeeded by Scott Parkinson.

The High have recently appeared on Jon Savage's compilation, Perfect Motion - Jon Savage's Secret History of Second-Wave Psychedelia 1988-93.

In 2020 The High released The Martin Hannett Sessions, a collection of previously unreleased demos, as part of Record Store Day.


Chart placings are from the UK singles and album charts.[1]


  • Somewhere Soon (1990) London (#59)
  • Hype (1992) London
  • The Martin Hannett Sessions (2020) Vinyl Revival


  • "Box Set Go" (1990) London (#76)
  • "Up and Down" (1990) London (#53)
  • "Take Your Time" (1990) London (#56)
  • "Box Set Go" (1991) London (#28)
  • "More..." (1991) London (#67)
  • "Better Left Untold" (1992) London
  • "Sweet Liberty" (1993) London
  • "Kiss the Sun" (2016) Thin Line Productions


  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (1999) "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ "The High Biography", kolumn
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned "Somewhere Soon Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation

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