The High Violets

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The High Violets
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
Dream pop
Alternative rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsSaint Marie Records
Comet Rock Records
Reverb Records
Associated actsthe Bella Low, Echoplex, Kaitlyn Ni Donovan, Starry Saints, Satin Chaps, True Primitives
MembersKaitlyn Ni Donovan - vocals, guitar
Clint Sargent - lead guitar, vocals
Colin Sheridan - bass guitar
Luke Strahota - drums
Past membersViolet Bianca Grace (vocals, bass)
Allen Davis (bass)
Aaron Overstreet (bass)

The High Violets are an American dream pop band from Portland, Oregon, United States.


The High Violets were formed in late 1998[1] after the breakup of Portland band The Bella Low[2] by former members Clint Sargent, Luke Strahota and Violet Bianca Grace. This lineup was short-lived however as Grace left after a few gigs. Sargent and Strahota then joined forces with Allen Davis of Echoplex. Soon after Sargent recruited Kaitlyn Ni Donovan to complete the line up. After self-releasing an EP entitled Dream Away, they signed to Irish label Reverb Records and released 44 Down in 2002.[3] Four years later, they followed up with the critically acclaimed To Where You Are, also on Reverb.[4][5][6] The group also performed at SXSW in 2006.[7] In 2007, they performed at NXNE and released a remix album, Satellite Remixes, which featured Ulrich Schnauss and Carmen Rizzo among others.[8] Although the band is currently on hiatus from touring and live performances they have been active in the studio. Their fifth full-length album Heroes and Halos, released April 1, 2016, was listed on PopMatters 10 Best Shoegaze and Dream pop Albums 2016.[9]


  • Dream Away EP (Self Released 1999)
  • 44 Down (Reverb Records, 2002)
  • To Where You Are (Reverb, 2006)
  • Satellite Remixes (Reverb, 2007)
  • Cinema (Comet Rock, 2010)
  • Heroes and Halos (Saint Marie, 2016)


Song appearances in media[edit]

The High Violets songs have been featured in various television shows, including:

The High Violets song Chinese Letter Remix (Ulrich Schnauss remix) was featured in the film and film soundtrack Water Wings[10]


  1. ^ The High Violets Set Sights on the Stars. The Portland Tribune, April 19, 2002. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  2. ^ The High Violets at
  3. ^ Review of 44 Down. Pop Matters, August 15, 2002. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  4. ^ Weekly Picks, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 18–24, 2007. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Review of To Where You Are. Spacelab. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  6. ^ Review of To Where You Are. Urb Magazine. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  7. ^ "Review of ''To Where You Are''". 2006-01-31. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
  8. ^ Forkcast. Pitchfork Media, September 25, 2007. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  9. ^ "The 10 Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums of 2016". 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Water Wings (2009)". Retrieved 21 November 2020.