The High Court (band)

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The High Court
Origin Mount Holly, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Pop punk
Years active 2005–2008
Labels I Surrender Records
  • Ben Roth
  • Kyle Shellhammer (Shell)
  • Denny Carvell
  • John Browne (JB)
  • Mike Matranga
Past members Lou Cuello

The High Court was an American pop punk band from Mount Holly, New Jersey.[1] They released one full studio album, Puppet Strings in 2007, before disbanding in June 2008.


The High Court's name is an alternate acronym for THC, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana.[2] The group formed in 2005 from the ashes of several local metal acts. Members Lou Cuello, Kyle Shellhammer, and Denny Carvell placed an ad for a singer on Craigslist, and formed The High Court after John Brown answered the ad.[2] They signed to I Surrender Records and released their debut album, Puppet Strings, in mid-2007.[3][4][5][6][7] The group played the Warped Tour to support the album.[8] Lou Cuello left the group in September late 2007 and early 2008 they toured with 2*Sweet, Fireworks,[9] Bedlight for Blue Eyes and Asteria.The High Court disbanded in June 2008.the band stated that some of the members are going to be starting other projects in the future.

JB is currently singing for the New Jersey band Bright and Early.[10] Shellhammer is the bassist for Just Surrender.


  • Ben Roth - Guitar
  • Kyle Shellhammer (Shell) - bass
  • Denny Carvell - drums
  • John Browne (JB) - vocals
  • Mike Matranga - guitar

Previous members[edit]

  • Lou Cuello - guitar



  1. ^ Staff. "PUNK, PERSPIRATION & PAVEMENT", The Detroit News, July 26, 2007. Accessed March 1, 2011. ""Mount Holly, NJ, group the High Court hopes to receive some of the Warped Tour magic that's propelled bands such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance ..."
  2. ^ a b The High Court at Allmusic
  3. ^ Review of Puppet Strings, Allmusic
  4. ^ Review of Puppet Strings. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Review of Puppet Strings. Alternative Press, October 2007.
  6. ^ Review of Puppet Strings. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  7. ^ CD Release Show Review. Ink 19. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  8. ^ Article, Bucks County Courier Times, August 22, 2007. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  9. ^ High Court Convenes for Caffeinated Rockers. The Times (Munster, Indiana), December 19, 2007.
  10. ^