The High Dials' Summer Tour

Published: 2004-04-19
Montreal band the High Dials are embarking on a major North American tour this summer. No dates have been confirmed for the tour, but the band will head west across Canada, south into the states, then head east towards the mighty Atlantic finally finishing in the New York area. For updates on tour information head to the band's site at

The High Dials released their debut album 'A New Devotion' last year on Rainbow Quartz records. The band met quite a few challenges on the road to getting the album released, however. Originally called the Datsons, the band found itself in an awkward position when New Zealand band the Datsuns emerged from the land down under. For a while the band adopted the name the Datson Four, but then another New Zealand band foiled their plans, heralding the name the D4. So to avoid any confusion, the band decided to head in an entirely new direction and adopted the name the High Dials, leaving the Datsuns and the D4 behind.

When the band found both a label and a name they were finally able to record and release 'A New Devotion'. The 18 track album the High Dials ended up recording is a concept album; definitely considered a highly ambitious thing for a band just beginning to get a foothold in the music industry. The story the music of 'A New Devotion' tells is one of an odd boy named Silias and his flight from an evil city. Highly ambitious indeed.

The Dials received quite a bit of airtime on college radio stations across Canada with first single 'Desiderata'; the song even reached the national top five. The band's second single 'My Heart Is Black' was recently unleashed upon the world, and the new video can be seen on MuchMusic's the Wedge.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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