''SOUNDS LIKE JAMIROQUAI MEETS JOHN MAYER"
- Winnipeg Live
The heights have been playing music together for more than a decade - whether supporting each other's musical projects or rocking their favorite songs at local clubs. For the first time they have combined their talents, blending into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. At its core the heights zeroes in on their love of pop melodies combined with a deep appreciation for sophisticated soul and R&B. Their craft is refined but their attitude is experimental always allowing the songs to dictate the sound.
After a lot of soul searching, trial, error and fizzled out projects these old friends have finally settled into their sound. At its core The Heights zeroes in on their love of pop melodies combined with a deep appreciation for sophisticated soul and R&B. Their craft is refined but their attitude is experimental always allowing the songs to dictate the sound.
The Heights are Scott Malcolmson, Eli Matas and Sam Little. All long standing high school friends who would each find their own way into the music community. Scott picked up the guitar in junior high and hasn’t put it down since – between learning near every Neil Young song on record, writing and recording 3 solo albums and fronting bands The Afterparty and Hollerin Pines he has an ear for “the hook’’ and can weave relatable lyrics into something that will stick in your head. Eli caught the music bug from his brother early on, having wrote over 100 songs with his band None the Wiser before his 18th birthday. Sam has been studying music in some form or another since childhood – starting on piano and moving through a variety of instruments ultimately finding himself as a bassist in jazz school.
In 2007 Malcolmson, Matas and Little began what would be a 4 year long residency at Winnipeg watering hole – the now defunct – Red Cactus playing a broad spectrum of covers to a packed house every Friday night. Between 2007 and 2015 bands came and went, Malcolmson, Matas and Little all built different projects together and individually, ranging stylistically from Folk to Rock and Funk to Metal. As is common in the scene, members change, bands fade and new things rise out of their place. This is precisely how The Heights was born. Brought together for a few last minute gigs, Little, Matas and Malcolmson rekindled the chemistry that had begun with their cover band days. A new creative energy was in the room, the juices were flowing and in a very short time new songs had developed. A new, more refined sound distilled from all the years in the jam spaces, clubs, theatres and was coming to the fore.
Armed with all of the experience gleaned from 10 years in the trenches The Heights are poised to break new ground on the Canadian music landscape with a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live show is primed and ready to get people on the floor dancing the night away in a way that only they can.