ABOUT THE BAND
Great Highway originally formed in 2012 as an acoustic guitar-driven pop-rock group, but over the years has blossomed into an edgy electronic rock outfit that represents the eclectic electro scene thriving in the SF Bay Area.
In its original form, multi-instrumentalist Jason Hunter used Great Highway as his first proving ground as a rock producer and songwriter. With jangly acoustic guitars, call-and-response vocals and retro-inspired piano, the original Great Highway albums called to mind folk-rock groups like Stars or The New Pornographers. Yet through these arrangements, Hunter began to explore strange lyrics and experimental sounds in a way that hinted at his affinity for bending genres and pushing his own musical boundaries.
It wasn't until 2014 that the signature Great Highway sound started to bloom. Hunter began experimenting with electronic beats and live-looping, and brought onboard songwriter and synth player Sarah Morgan and electric guitarist Sean McAllister. With the addition of Morgan's sweet-yet-dark pop sensibility and McAllister's soaring rock riffs, the group's sound was elevated from straightforward pop to a clean and cutting electronic sound with an edge. In 2015, the group added DJ and electronic sound designer Meredith Whelan and violinist Makiko Harris, who respectively added the key ingredients of EDM-inspired beats and heartfelt and powerful string hooks.
To date, Great Highway has developed a signature brand of dark electropop that seamlessly blends pumping electronic sounds with analogue instrumentation. Their earworm songs package venomous and sorrowful lyrics with the lush, moody vibes of The Xx, the powerhouse male-female vocals of The Naked & Famous, and the dance-y yet sentimental arrangements of ODESZA.
Great Highway recently released a music video for their single “The Chase" and were featured on The Bay Bridged for their release show at Elbo Room in San Francisco, CA. They have played some of the top venues in the Bay Area, including Brick & Mortar Music Hall and Rickshaw Stop. As a powerful quintet, Great Highway seeks to keep pushing the boundaries of their own songwriting and electronic arrangement.