Paul Wright: I know Tim (Harrington) is very fond of wolves, but there’s no alpha male in this band. It has always been an equal partnership in every regard. Me, I like seals, but I can’t think how that applies here, other than that a few of our songs could be considered “smooth”.
B&L: Why music? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it? How’d it come calling to you?
Wright: I grew up in a musical family going back a few generations, and Tim’s family has always been incredibly supportive of his musical leanings. I think the roller coaster emotions of high school were what drove each of us to songwriting, but we were both creating as kids – poetry, art, songs, out of that need to self-express.
B&L: Was there a moment or experience that led you to try your hand at making this your life? What keeps you inspired to keep going?
Wright: Not really a single moment, though getting to know other musicians who have built respectable careers is incredible inspiring and motivating. We’ve always been passionate about performing our own music, and enthusiasm for creating more drives us on.
B&L: What’s the making of a great show? What do you look or hope for as you step foot on that stage?
Wright: A crowd that’s ready to be taken somewhere. Sometimes you can feel that energy from the moment you step on stage, and you know it’s going to be a fun night.
B&L: There’s two of you in Tall Heights – but that does not detract at all from how “full” the band’s sound is. Do you believe in the mantra of “less is more”?
Wright: That was certainly the mantra we started with as an acoustic duo, and we got that comment a lot. We now regularly tour as a trio, with fewer and fewer acoustic instruments sounds, but the goal of a small group creating a big sound remains.
B&L: How’d you two meet? How’d the band come to be?
Wright: Tim and I met way back. He was my best friend’s little brother, and thus we weren’t exactly buds initially. But eventually we found ourselves singing together in high school, and later, collaborating on each other’s music, eventually becoming writing partners out of mutual respect. Tall Heights really began when we started street performing in Faneuil Hall in 2010.
B&L: Tell us a little bit about your latest EP. What’s it all about? How does it push the music of Tall Heights forward?
Wright: “Holding on, Holding Out,” is a step in a new direction for us, and towards the full-length we hope to release soon. We added electronic percussion and synths, and did a ton of singing in unison. These songs were not necessarily written to stand together, but family and climate change are themes throughout, and the single, Spirit Cold, is about being present.
B&L: What’s one tune (or, heck, a couple) that exists out there in the ether that blows you away that you kind of wish you had written yourself?
Gregory Alan Isakov – 3am, All There Is
Laura Marling – What He Wrote
Ray Lamontage – Empty
B&L: What’s the tallest height you’ve actually been at?
Wright: Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
B&L: Do tall heights frighten you at all?
B&L: What can folks expect when they come out to see you lads perform at the Stone Church this Saturday?
Wright: I hope they’ll find three men, alive and well, looking earnest, smiling occasionally, performing some ear-pleasing electrofolk. I hear you have great food and craft beer there, and I trust those things will be available.
B&L: Question number 12. If you could have a dozen of anything, what would that dozen of something be?
Wright: Lives. Maybe not, though. Tim would say dogs.
Tall Heights will take the stage at the Stone Church on Saturday, April 23rd. Tickets and further information available here.