The Highest Order

The Highest Order

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Psychedelic Country Rock band composed of members of Tropics and One Hundred Dollars emerges from basement in Kensington Market. Both the music and the band are made up of old parts, but sound new.

Biography


The Highest Order are Paul Mortimer, Kyle Porter, Simone Schmidt and Simone TB. Having spent the better part of the last decade touring North America as members of two time Polaris long listed One Hundred Dollars, Mortimer (guitars / vocal), Porter (bass) and Schmidt (guitar / vocal) hooked up with drummer Simone TB (who had been carving out her own career as one half of Tropics, and EL V Gore) in early 2012 to form The Highest Order.

Within months the band hit the studio to record their debut album. "If It's Real" takes elements of psychedelic rock and classic country carried by a heavy rhythm section and Mortimer's guitar lines, and pairs them with Schmidt's critically acclaimed poetic lyricism and vocal delivery. Working with Jeff McMurrich (Constantines, Jennifer Castle) in their home town Toronto, The Highest created a record that The Torontoist described as "equal parts hard Western and Carl Sagan, trailing as much stardust as tobacco smoke." A NOW magazine album of the week, glowing reviews in the The Grid, Calgary's FFWD and CBC radio, kicked off a season of touring across the country. With a live show drawing upon classic forms of showmanship, The Highest Order dispose of the sloppier conventions of modern day indie rock, and offer a spectacle that hinges on accomplished musicianship and song craft.

Lyrics

Rainbow of Blues

Written By: Simone Schmidt


RAINBOW OF BLUES

The storm that broke the morning's past
The clouds all washed away
The sky is clear but I'm still leery of the day
Arching up above me now, in bright and full array
are shades of blue, some old some new
that you left on your way

I've got a rainbow of blues since you left me
Reminding me above all else, there's beauty born by truth
Our love was not the honest kind
I still grieve what's left behind
Following you, a rainbow of blues

The mind refracts what might have been
The mirror minds what is
The window offers chances of escape
Puddles, shrinking puddles, I'm a spectacle all strewn
One color washes all the rest away

I've got a rainbow of blues since you left me
Reminding me above all else, there's beauty born by truth
Our love was not the honest kind
I still grieve what's left behind
Following you, a rainbow of blues

Discography

Rainbow of Blues - 7" Released in November 2012 on Idee Fixe ideefixerecords.com

The Highest Order - If It's Real - LP Realesed March 19, 2013 on - Idee Fixe Records