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Before You Run out of Luck

by The Hi-End

The Hi-End play high-energy rock and roll with killer hooks, legit swagger, strong pop structure, and an unwavering commitment to always kick ass. If the Sex Pistols and the Georgia Satellites were to clash shot glasses in a drunken, glittered, guitar fight with Slade, The Hi-End may indeed be the resulting roar. Lyrically sharp, strong, and thoughtful the music maintains a tough aesthetic while never losing the rock and roll ethos of letting it rip and having a good time.
Genre: Rock: Glitter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lookin' for Some Kicks
3:37 $1.00
2. Nervous Breakdown
3:54 $1.00
3. Get in Touch
3:38 $1.00
4. Feed My Need
4:09 $1.00
5. Blood Red Lips
3:23 $1.00
6. To Be Alive
3:19 $1.00
7. The Way She Moves Me
3:04 $1.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This collection of songs is the result of our second year as a band. We built on the foundation of our first release, the100 Proof ep and made long strides towards defining our sound. I decided to jot down some quick thoughts and observations so here goes.

Looking For Some Kicks- Johnny’s ode to everyone slugging it out there in bands for years, busting their asses to get by and heading out to do it again tomorrow night. I’ve got to fess up to lifting the main riff from the Dolls –“It’s Too Late” but hey, if the platform shoe fits. Bruno’s melody line at the intro takes it a step further. I threw on my Rick Neilson cap for the solo and let her rip. Anthony’s bass and Scott’s drums are so goddamned strong on this one. Makes me want to smash shit up.

Nervous Breakdown- Coming unglued isn’t always the answer but it makes for good fodder in the writing session. It’s always fun to hear a song go somewhere unexpected and take on a life of its own. Nina Pralour stole the show with her killer, soulful backups and had me grinnin’ from ear to ear, jumping around the control room. Bruno channels his inner 70s guitar slinger on the lead. One of my favorite Hi-End songs. Whoo, whoo, whoo!

Get In Touch- Our answer to all the glitter and stomp that we love. T-Rex on steroids? Scott’s drum beat man! He layed down all the percussion on this one as well, cowbell and tambourine galore. Crank ‘em up Taft! Pull your heads out of your tiny screen people, make that connection before you run out of luck!

Feed My Need - Our “heaviest” number, arena rock roar! Killer driving bass line from Anthony here. The guy is rock solid on this kind of stuff. Bruno’s solo, short and concise, starts Tony Iommi and finishes Greg Ginn. I love it. Johnny defiantly glaring at the scene leeches here.

Blood Red Lips- The first song written of this collection. I had the main intro guitar line worked up for a little while and it fit perfectly with an idea of Johnny’s. He goes full on lascivious, even deviant insinuation here and we all know. Hey, it’s cool. Get your freak on, just don’t hurt anyone. Dig? I went full guitar nerd on the lead here. Good time, sexy, stomper. Shake!

To Be Alive- Kind of a funny one for us but has turned into a favorite for the fifteen people who come to see us. Bruno brought this cool surf, spy riff to the table and it kind of just wrote itself. Anthony is working overtime on this one. Great bass line with Scott locked like super glue. Taft got some great drum sounds on this and Scott plays with authority. Bruno’s composition on his solo here is spot on. There are so many influences all in play here and yet they just seem to work right. Buy Johnny a drink when you see him next and he’ll tell you what the song is about.

The Way She Moves Me- People who heard this have declared it our “pop” number. I had the main riff and most of the guitar arrangements pretty much written when I brought it in. Bruno added some killer, almost synth like melody lines that really kick into gear after the bridge. Seemed like the right ending and exclamation mark for the release. Johnny digs into people who’ve lost love and who’ve maybe even lost the ability to love. Shit, haven’t we all to some degree?

-Curt Florczak, Feb. 18, 2018

The Hi-End

Johnny Carlevale-lead vocals
Scott Sugarman- Drums and percussion
Anthony Giordano- Bass
Bruno Giordano- Guitar and backup vocals
Curt Florczak- Guitar and backup vocals

*Honorary Hi-Ender
Nina Pralour- backup vocals on Nervous Breakdown

Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Taft at New Alliance Studios in Cambridge MA during the summer and fall of 2017.
All Songs written and produced by The Hi-End.
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East Mastering

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© 100 Proof Music, 2018



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Curt Naihersey

Crank it up!!
To be honest, this kinda music is for more hard-edged folks than me, but their enthusiasm and spirited energy bristles with real Boston rock & roll dedication, which basically consists of a punkish yen for bar-band sounds combined with twitch, sincerity, and a good-time attitude. Their 2017 debut EP, 100 Proof, was a raw, back-to-basics blast, showcasing their sensibility, unpretentiously enjoyable tunes, and most importantly, tremendous playing - already evident, though the polish had yet to be applied.
Now, here comes their sensational new 7-song album, Before You Run Out of Luck, and their sonic improvement is immediately recognizable. Bypassing any comparisons, listening to these songs is to immerse yourself in rock & roll’s glorious camaraderie. This is a mature band that will give their all - and then some - to entertain and encompass their heritage. No juvenilia, but dedicated followers of classic R&R: anything considered rebellious with spunk and style - British Invasion, 70s punk, glitter, pub rock, hard rhythm and blues, early metal, power-pop, etc. Crisply supporting their unique suave vocalist, both guitars soar and dive, attacking during the solo jams, whilst the rhythm section both grooves and growls, foretelling a strong desire to develop into an essential, cutting-edge outfit. Three tunes especially - “Looking for Some Kicks”, “Blood Red Lips”, and “To Be Alive” - are absolute stand-outs and should be blasting from radios around the world. Crank it up for some real rockers!!