Today’s song is “Two Weeks” by High Up. The Omaha, Nebraska group is comprise of Christine Fink, Orenda Fink, Greg Elsasser, Josh Soto, and Eric Ohlsson.
High Up singer Christine Fink moved to Omaha to be closer to her sister, notable singer songwriter Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, etc.) back in 2012. Down South in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Christine had been known to exercise her theatrical roots at the the local karaoke bars – and to great effect. The first time Orenda saw Christine sing at Sheffield’s Old Town Tavern her jaw dropped as she watched her sister bring the house down. After a few years in Omaha, Orenda noticed that Christine brought the house down no matter where she was singing karaoke- with people of all ages lining up to buy her drinks and even give her requests to sing their favorite soul songs.
But Christine was depressed, feeling aimless, shuffling between minimum wage jobs, and the thrill of the weekend performances wore off quickly. One night, the two began to talk about the future, and Orenda insisted that Christine should try and do what makes her happiest- perform for people. After much discussion, they decided to start High Up, a collaboration mixing elements of punk and soul that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s seasoned songwriting. The band draws from a wide variety of influences- from Janis Joplin and Sam Cooke to Dead Kennedys, from Screaming Jay Hawkins to Velvet Underground- and blends the genres to create a frenetic live show and sound that is at once classic and fresh.
This song if off their upcoming self-titled debut EP due out out January 20, 2017 via Team Love.
High Up has also announced February tour dates with Leopold & His Fiction and will be performing at SXSW in March (see below for dates).
High Up Tour Dates
02.10 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *
02.11 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
02.13 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
02.14 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers *
02.15 – Chicago, IL @ 1st Ward
02.16 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
03.14 – 03.18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
* with Leopold & His Fiction