One High Five

One High Five

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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One High Five is a rock ’n roll band from Los Angeles, CA that delivers a fun and adventurous sound in the styles of Green Day, Weezer, Electric Light Orchestra and the Killers. They have found continued success with radio, film and TV licensing, festivals (CMJ and International Pop Overthrow) and self booked tours through out the United States, Europe and China.

Biography

One High Five is a high energy rock ‘n roll band from Los Angeles, CA that blends punk rock guitars with creative arrangments and lush orchestration.  

Created by multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, David Sauer, One High Five started as a collection of bedroom demos and scribbles on notebooks. After converting an office space into a rehearsal/recording studio, Sauer learned more about audio engineering and experimented with larger instrumentation. Demos are worked on at his studio and collaborated upon with other musicians, a rotating group of friends that Sauer works with for One High Five’s live show. 

The live band, reviewed as “a force to be reckoned with” and “a party on the stage,” currently features Kyle Traska (drums), Will Smith (guitar) and Tina Stephenich (bass). 

After moving to LA, Sauer worked in a recording studio where he me producers Jim Roach (Red Parade Music - Jesse Thomas) and Evan Brass to create ‘Here, Hear!,’ Recorded and mixed in two months, Sauer says the studio sessions were “cathartic and long overdue. Working with everyone was like being in a musical playground. We ran around with our instruments thrashing over our heads with the ‘record’ button on.”

Mixed by Thom Flowers (The Ataris, Bad Astronaut, Tony Sly) and mastered by Pete Lyman (Infrasonic Sound - Mars Volta, Matt & Kim, Gogol Bordello), Here, Hear! is a musical explosion  fueled by Sauer’s love of punk rock and orchestral daydreaming.

The song ‘Everybody Pull the Trigger’ was played on 106.7 KROQ’s Locals Only. It caught the attention of High Voltage Magazine who booked the band’s first show at the Viper Room. Since then, Sauer and One High Five have found continued success with radio stations, iconic venues and festivals. Self booked tours have spread their sound through out the United States, and across the world, with performances in Europe and China. 

The sound of One High Five evokes listener comparisons to classic Green Day, Electric Light Orchestra, NOFX and Weezer. Sauer likes writing fast and loud on guitar and with a theatrical elegance on the piano. When the two meet, a unique mix of rock ‘n roll is made. With lyrics wrapped in themes of exploration, perseverance and growth, One High Five aims to reflect an act of celebration with fearless volume and energy. 


Lyrics

The Ol Switcheroo

Written By: David Sauer

i was thinking, baby baby, about the ol switcheroo
from a dramatic actor to a comedic troupe
pick a card, ready run, pick an action quick
how do you reign when everything is broke?

oops! the hungry broke the dinner bell
the devil's armies climbing up the wishing well
mother may i have a menu thats more for me?
theres no glory for a m.i.a. v.i.p.

cause there comes a time in everyone's life when their going to choose to live or die
it can't be fun to walk on dead bodies when you know that half of them are alive

the ol switcheroo! no one will expect it
a quick attack to send them running off into the night
stab, in the back with a feather
forsake humanity with a little touch of levity

take a moment to reflect on making out with the sun
how it can breathe life into about anyone
kiss off, goodbye devil, goodbye academy
hello towers built to honor everything to be

cause there comes a time in everyone's life when their going to choose to live or die
it can't be fun to walk on dead bodies when you know that half of them are alive

the ol switcheroo! no one will expect it
a quick attack will send them running off into the night
stab, in the back with a feather
forsake humanity with a little touch of levity
aww yeah, i'm gonna make it
mother teresa's gonna stand up and applaud for me

the ol switcheroo
the ol switcheroo
the ol switcheroo
the ol switcheroo

Game Show

Written By: David Sauer

born to pick and choose
oops i am mistaken all my choices have been chosen
born to live and learn
born to do and die if you didn't do it right

duty lies in doing the best you can

it's not what you know but who you would blow
and if you want it all you better spit out what you're told

ask me to pick a side
and i will slice your babies right between the eyes
i made up my own game
instant winner now follow all my fame

we don't need help to make this more funny
duty lies in doing the best you can

mama threw me into a game show
where all the answers are removed from their souls

it's not what you know but who you would blow
and if you want it all you better spit out what you're told

canned laughter is a warm family
can laughter set us free?
it's reality to be loved and hated
it's reality to be eliminated

you're the star

How We Enjoyed Ourselves

Written By: David Sauer

go ahead and look up in the sky, now you're floating
do you want another piece of pie, how exciting
what a day i said, how we enjoyed ourselves

do you wanna run with me through the garden
oh you have a slip and slide, well i beg your pardon
leaving nothing to chance, how we enjoyed ourselves

we walked hand in hand across the land, always listening
fireworks played melodies, when we kissed heard symphonies
always time to dance, how we enjoyed ourselves

eating pie in summer time will go down in history
kiss me if you miss me and the trumpets will sound in revelry
oh what a day i said, how we enjoyed ourselves

keep the days coming
keep them coming my way

Crash the Party

Written By: David Sauer

statues will be broken with great authority
understating the lack of care for antiquity
on a bus people came with brand new tongues
and polished hand grenades

even now i look for weapons to borrow
timeless antics cant wait for tomorrow
a bowie knife, paper, and pens to record
actions from all there who agree

they know what's wrong and just might make it right
a concentration of sun exploding out there eyes
burning hope will be motto and the name of first battle sight

i didn't come here to crash the party
i came here to crash myself
i didn't believe and now my hearts on my sleeve
everything will be well
cause i never said that i had the best plan
i'll follow you now cause i am just a hopeful man

i agree it's time for a change, a new hope, and a new face to maim
so where is the line so i can polish my new hand grenade?

Everybody Pull the Trigger

Written By: David Sauer

perfidy is four letter word wrapped in love
and a tattered white flag soaring like a dove
c'mon, didn't you know wars are fought to be won
now say hello to my rooftop friend

it's so fun whispering bullets through the breeze
the propaganda of the deed will have everyone talking
and starting up a riot, it's exactly what you want
history has proven that we have a great thirst for the hunting season
we as witches cackle, gossip, and plan

we wouldn't have been friends any other day
now i have a cause and a polished hand grenade
requesting permission to speak freely
maybe tomorrow you would have done this to me

it's so fun whispering bullets through the breeze
the propaganda of the deed will have everyone talking
and starting up a riot, it's exactly what you want
history has proven that we have a great thirst for the hunting season
we as witches cackle, gossip and plan

uh-huh,
everybody pull the trigger
everybody

oh! here is a copy of the art of war
read up and give em all what for
a fresh steaming smoking bloody dove

so kids seclude, body guard, and bullet proof your dreams
they'll lie and fight, attack you just as you think
be sane, be calm, evolve, and take them to the street
i've seen their armies and we've already won

1000 mph

Written By: David Sauer

1000 mph seems dangerous indeed
but what is speed? when you don't know where you're going
a knife to the throat seems innocent indeed
but what's to bleed? when you don't know what's flowing

moving away from this land, this abulia
i'm going to the best place for me

a car full of gas and a map you cannot see
it was costly, my mind spent all my money
i'd blame for you for my troubles but i know it's all on me
responsibility is bloody and dragging behind me

moving away from this land, this abuilia
i'm going to the best place for me
if you feel the same, follow me

things are what they seem
this ain't the life for me and you know it
we're going to do the same things we did yesterday
trying to pass the time waiting for tomorrow
please, tell me at night you dream of the wildest things

cause i bite at windows, teeth versus glass
pray for salvation from my lazy ass
i toss and turn, sleepwalk, and start fires
create new words to help scream out desires
so please, if you feel the same, follow me.

moving away from this land, this abuilia
i'm going to the best place for me
sometimes life has a way of making you feel crazy
baby, that's not the road laid out for me

Discography

*One High Five, self titled (2007)
*Here, Hear! (2009)
- Singles: 1,000 Miles Per Hour, Everybody Pull the Trigger
*Noise Maker (2011) - single
*Rock 'n Roll Eggnog '11 (Holiday Covers)
*Fully Operational EP (2012)
- Single: Fully Operational
*Tear Down the Wall - single

Here, Hear! 2014 Re-release with 2 new tracks, acoustic demos and music videos

Tours: 

2014 - Europe, London Spring Tour
2012 - China, Hong Kong Spring Tour
2011 - East Coast/ New York
2011 - West Coast/Bay Area

Festivals:
CMJ 2011
International Pop Overthrow Festival 2010/11

Radio:
106.7 KROQ's Locals Only, OC Rock Radio, Playboy Radio, Young Rebel, Indie 104, Jelly Bean Radio, Indie Dial Upstream, GRM Rock Radio, Indie 100

Interviews:
Spin Bridge, Playboy Radio, 21st and Ivy, The LIST Magazine, OC Rock Radio, CSULB KBeach, The Bill Show

Film/Commercials:
The Lost Lake (2012) - How We Enjoyed Ourselves
The Roommate (2011) - Here, Hear!
Irvine Lake Mud Run Commercial (2010) - Crash the Party

Set List

Original Songs:

Noise Maker
Game Show
Tear Down the Wall
Fully Operational
Crash the Party
1,000 Miles Per Hour
How We Enjoyed Ourselves
The Ol Switcheroo
Everybody Pull the Trigger
When They Try to Harm You
Fear of Failure
You Got the Tubes
Out on the Dancefloor
The Flatliner

Cover Songs:

I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles
Sloop John B - Beach Boys
Rave On - Buddy Holly
Because You're Young - Cocksparrer
Come On, Let's Go - Richie Valens
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
Creep - Radiohead
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones