The Heights “Drag Race on the Moon” – Music Review

The Toronto pop-rock band The Heights is set to release their third EP, Drag Race on the Moon on the ninth of July. This is the perfect next step for the band who has already toured successfully with acts including Silverstein, Set Your Goals, and Fireworks. This is also the ideal follow-up to their previous two EPs, Bonacres (2012), and the self-titled The Heights (2012).

The EP consists of five songs: Soldier, Some Give You Away, Devil, Spinning Webs, and You Make Me. The stand out track on the EP for me is definitely the lighthearted, vaguely-country final track, You Make Me, with its memorable lyrics and upbeat tempo, due largely to the very present guitar in the mix. A close second favourite would be the ballad Spinning Webs, a piano and vocal heavy ballad. The contrast between the songs on the album is one of the many things that make DROTM very engaging to the listener.

Lead singer Gavin Sutton has stated that everything from the dance clubs that encompass his loft to teen television dramas have inspired this EP. Strong influences that contribute to The Height’s one of a kind sounding music are bands like Coldplay, and fellow Canadian artist, City and Colour.

As The Heights’ style of music spans many genres, any fan of artists like Ryan Adams or the recently disbanded Jack’s Mannequin, will enjoy DROTM. With its variety of slow and fast tempos, reflective and happy lyrics, this EP is easily a contender for the 2013 summer soundtrack.

The Heights – Drag Race on the Moon
Record Label: Independent