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Hey there Friends,

It’s been a while, but we are really looking forward to playing a weekend of awesome shows in MA and VT! First off, this Friday, March 18th we will be rocking out at Tavern On The A in Pittsfield, MA. Two sets starting around 10pm, $5 cover. Our bestie, Jon Denmark, will be starting things off with an opener set at 9pm.

The next night, Saturday, March 19th we will head north to visit our friends at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury, VT. We will drop two sets starting at 9:15pm, $3 cover. If you are in the area, we would love to see you, and promise to play our butts off for ya.

We had some really great nights over the past few months getting together to rehash some old gems from the hi8us vault. We look forward to getting some serious jams going over these two evenings. Hope to see you out there. Bring your friends!

Jim, Mike, Colin & Max

posted: 03.15.2016
Boston and more, this weekend!

First up, this Thursday 6/27, hi8us is back in Boston. We will be playing 2 sets at the DTX - Downtown Crossing Block Party from 5-8pm, with special guest Evan LaFlamme on saxophone. This is a great time, and the beer and wine is only $3 a pop.

Friday 6/28 we are up in Salem, MA at The Black Lobster playing 3 sets on their waterfront patio from 8-11:30pm, again with Evan LaFlamme on sax.

Then, rounding out the trifecta, we return to the Land Ho! in Orleans on Saturday 6/29 for another night of mind-numbing rock spectacle in old Cape Cod, 10pm start.

Keep an eye out for us in Vermont in late August too... all tour date details are below. We hope you are doing great, and look forward to seeing you out in the world!

posted: 06.26.2013
Catching Up

It's been a while since we have updated you... over a year, in fact, but we haven't been completely silent! The hi8us hiatus ended back in April, and hi8us has been picking our spots and playing some great gigs over the past several months. We were regulars at Boston's Downtown Crossing Block Party over the summer, and recently played for excellent crowds at Nectar's in Burlington, VT as well as Berktoberfest in Pittsfield, MA.

In band member news, Colin and his family are getting ready to celebrate the 1st birthday of his little girl, Haya, and are enjoying life back in Western Mass. Mike continues to play and record with Jay Berndt with gigs in MA, CT, RI and PA, and is enjoying the contrast of playing their countrified rock 'n' roll style.

We have some nice dates coming up this winter, including a two-night stand this weekend (Fri 11.30 and Sat 12.01) at the Red Parka in Glen, NH, and then closing out 2012 at two of our favorite rooms, The Perfect Wife in Manchester, VT on Fri 12.28, and Flavours in Pittsfield, MA on Sat 12.29 with our good friend Jonny D opening! We'll see you out there, and wish you all the best for 2013!

posted: 11.28.2012
hi8us 10th Anniversary Show!

We know it's been a while since our last update... lots has been happening! The big news is that hi8us has now been a band for 10 years! We played our first gig back in October of 2001 at the Hadley Pub with Skinny Mike on the kit, and look how far we have come!

We will be celebrating this milestone with a 10th Anniversary Show on Saturday, October 22nd at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. We have John Doney playing a set to start the night off, and then hi8us playing two sets. This show should be a total sexy-time explosion, and we hope you will come and be part of it!

On the night before, Friday the 21st, we'll be playing at Flavours in Pittsfield, MA with our good friend Jonny D opening up. We are looking forward to getting back out to the Berkshires to play for our devoted crew out that way. Then the following weekend, on Friday Oct. 29th, the band will return to the legendary Beach House in North Falmouth, MA, for one more evening of madness on the Cape. Come hear us at this excellent venue!

Finally, these three October shows will be our last dates before a brief hi8us hiatus. We are all excited for our bassist, Colin, as he and his wife are expecting a baby in December! Come spend a night with us before the break... we plan to play extra hard! ;)

posted: 10.18.2011
hi8us East Coast Spring Tour

hi8us has a big month coming up! This Friday, 4/29, we're heading up to the Cape Ann Brewing Company in Gloucester, MA for our debut performance at this excellent new beer hall. Come enjoy the perfect storm of music and ale to kick off the weekend! It all starts up at 9pm, and there is no cover.

Right after that we are hitting the road for another lil' national tour. This time we're concentrating efforts on a sweet run up the East Coast. We start out with another visit to the Olde Town Inn in New Orleans, LA for their annual JazzFest Crawfish Boil. This will be hi8us' third time playing this shindig, and it is one of the coolest events we have all ever been part of. The Olde Town Inn is real-deal New Orleans style, and the atmosphere and folks will get you in that prefect mood... ya hear me?

After NOLA we're making stops in Athens, GA, Asheville, NC, Roanoke, VA, and finishing it all up with a return appearance at Osyrusfest in Coatesville, PA. Osyrusfest is like the Wonka Chocolate Factory of music festivals. It's 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple... clearly an event not to be missed!

Please tell your friends out there if we are in their area. Check our tour dates page for details on these shows, including links to our Facebook events pages... perhaps the best way to help us spread the word.

posted: 04.27.2011
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge this Friday, 2/11

This Friday night, 02.11.11, we're back at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA for a bill that is sure to satisfy. We will be joined by Grand27 (Skinny Mike Palica's new project with hi8us recording engineer Dan Silvia), as well as our faithful cohort John Doney on acoustic guitar. There should be some interesting collaborations throughout the night with this collection of friends all together on the same bill.

As most of you know, the Lizard Lounge is a relatively small venue. Get your tickets in advance to ensure you make it in the door. See you there!

posted: 02.08.2011
The Bitter End, NYC this Saturday 1/29

hi8us is playing at the world famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village, NYC this Saturday night, Jan 29th and into Sunday morning. We will hit the stage for the late night set starting at 12:30am, and plan to rock out into the wee hours of the morning. It's been a little while since our last show in the City, and we're psyched to be headed back there. Come late and stay early.

posted: 01.26.2011
Middle East, then Vermont

Next Friday night, 12/10, hi8us will be at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA opening up for The Grateful Dread. As you might have gleaned from the name, these guys play reggae-style Dead covers. They sound awesome, and the whole night promises to be a heady good time. hi8us goes on at 9:30 sharp. Then on the following Friday, 12/17, hi8us returns to Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury to rock out in this excellent basement bar. The following night, 12/18, we will be back in Burlington, VT playing two sets on the inside stage at Red Square.

posted: 12.03.2010
Somebody say Studio?

hi8us is hitting the studio right after the Wonder Bar gig. It's actually Max's dad's woodshop. We plan to record some of the songs we have been playing out for the past couple years, but have never gotten around to tracking. We have high hopes for this session, as we think this is some of our best stuff. Stay tuned, we plan to get the songs out to you as quick as we can.

posted: 10.22.2010
Friday the 13th – Scary Fun!

This weekend on Friday the 13th we are back at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, for another big night at this oasis of visceral experience. We will be joined by the legendary John Doney, as well as our friends Birdface. This is pretty much our favorite place to play, so we usually try to dig deep and make it extra special. The next night, Saturday 8/14, we are back up in Burlington, VT to do it outside at Red Square again.

posted: 08.09.2010
Back to Business

It's been a while since our last update, so we figured it was time to catch up. First, we're back from our big ol' US tour. It was a huge success for us, and our new tour bus, fondly dubbed "Precious," came through for us big time! Check out our Tour Blog for a relatively detailed account of what went down, and to see a bunch of cool pictures that we took.

posted: 06.29.2010
Spring 2010 National Tour

hi8us is hitting the road again! Our highly anticipated Spring 2010 National Tour starts off down in New Orleans on April 30th during the 2nd weekend of JazzFest. We then sprint all over the USA for most of May before returning. We're looking forward to hitting a bunch of new rooms in some of our favorite cities, and can't wait to return to some of those excellent venues we played back in the summer of 2008.

This time through, we are touring in our Van of Destiny. The hi8us boys have been logging some crazy hours in the garage getting this vehicle in top shape, and can't wait to get rolling already! We are psyched to dig our heels into the music and lock in together night after night for a while. We are playing a bunch of our dates on the West Coast with an excellent San Diego band called The Heavy Guilt, featuring Al Howard. These shows should be pretty special. We feel like our two acts sync in a sweet way, and will make those nights super fun from start to finish.

posted: 04.16.2010
Lizard Lounge, Just Around the Corner

On Friday, April 9th, we return to the Lizard Lounge on Mass Ave in Cambridge for a sweet night of music in the absolute coolest room around. This evening will include sets from hi8us, John Doney and The Daddy Long Legs, and The Dolly Copps. Mark your calendars now, this one is going to be really fun.

posted: 03.26.2010
Boston's Hard Rock Cafe with Strangefolk

hi8us is very excited to announce our next Boston show! Next Friday, 03.19, we'll be playing in The Cavern Club at Boston's Hard Rock Cafe, located next to Faneuil Hall. We will be supporting Strangefolk at their 3rd Annual Boston Throwdown. This night is always a blast, and not to miss. hi8us hits the stage at 8:30pm sharp, so come on over after a long week of work... you deserve it!

posted: 03.11.2010
Catching Up

hi8us is coming off a strong January with shows all over the Northeast. We had a blast and made some new friends along the way! For most of February we've been back in the rehearsal space hammering out some newer material, and we'll be playing this stuff out when our gig schedule picks up again in late February.

Our tour blog is up-to-date right now, so check out what goes on when the band is on the road... it may just blow your mind!

In our never-ending quest to find new and exciting ways to spend the piles of dough we make playing gigs, we donated all of the proceeds from our January 16th NYC gig to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund. A sincere "thanks" to all of you who helped us make this important contribution.

posted: 02.24.2010
FREE MP3 a Week Giveaway!
A new FREE MP3 for a new year!

Happy New Year! Thanks to all of our friends and fans that came out on New Year's Eve and partied the night away with us. We had tons of fun! hi8us is hitting the ground running in 2010 with a calendar full of gigs ahead of us. We are back up at Red Square in Burlington, VT this Saturday, 1.9.10, and then we shoot back down to CT and NYC on 1.15 and 1.16. Check out the tour schedule to peep all the dates and details!

This week's FREE MP3 for your listening enjoyment is an upbeat number off our album The Superficial Deep, and it's called “Wood”. All you need to do to obtain this free download, AND the 12 free MP3s that came before it, is to subscribe to our email newsletter. If you're on the mailing list, you get the download links... no strings atttached. Simple as that. And a new track will be released for free download each and every Tuesday until we've given away our ENTIRE CATALOGUE.

posted: 01.05.2010
hi8us NYE Fiesta announced!
New Year's Eve 2010 Announced

The 2010 hi8us New Year's Eve Fiesta will be happening at Copperfield's over by Fenway Park. We're really excited for a night of all-out celebration in Boston!

Our good friend John Doney will be kicking off the night once again. Then, after John blows your mind, we have the boys from Paperback stepping in to drop a set on you during those last few precious hours of 2009. Come get silly with all your friends on the last night of the decade. We can't wait! You can purchase tickets online or at any of our upcoming shows.

Check out the hi8us calendar for some sweet shows we have coming up as well. The highlight for December is a special late-night show at The Bitter End in NYC on Saturday, 12.19.09. We will be playing from Midnight until 3am at this legendary West Village venue.

posted: 12.01.2009
FREE MP3 a Week Giveaway!
FREE MP3 a Week Giveaway!

We've got some BIG NEWS to share. Starting this week, right NOW in fact, we're giving away a FREE MP3 a Week!

That's right, over the next several months we'll be sending out a weekly email newsletter every Tuesday that will include a unique link for a free MP3 download, and we're not gonna stop until every last one of our tracks has been given away, completely FREE!

In fact, current subscribers have the first track already sitting in their inboxes... a killer Keyboard Mike number that's a standard closer for many a live show... Tuesday Night (we know, how fitting). This track was recorded during The Superficial Deep sessions at Hillgrove Recording in West Roxbury, MA though it doesn't appear on the actual album.

No, we haven't lost our minds. We've just decided that the most important thing to us is for people to hear our music. And what better way than to literally give it away, right? You like it, and you get to keep it. If not, nothing lost. And maybe you tell some friends in the process and we make a few new fans along the way... everybody wins!

Here's all you have to do:
Subscribe to the email newsletter, that's it. If you're on the mailing list, you get the download links... no strings atttached. Each unique link is good for a handful of uses before expiring, so feel free to share each one with a couple friends. Or better yet, encourage them to sign up for the newsletter so they can get them all directly, including any MP3s from past weeks they may have missed. That's right, it doesn't even matter when you sign up because we'll be sure to include download links from all previous weeks, each and every time. How can you beat that?!

Over the years we have put out all kinds of material, from our first EP with “Skinny” Mike in 2003, to our most recent full-length album release The Superficial Deep in 2008. We imagine many of you haven't heard all of this stuff yet, so we're getting it back out there. That's right, every Tuesday we'll be issuing a new FREE MP3 download until we've given away our entire catalogue... we hope you celebrate it with us!

posted: 10.13.2009
The Stone Church ~ 10.01.09
The Tour Blog, Revived

hi8us is back in your face with some stuff... we started up our tour blog again. Everyone seemed to like what we came up with for our tour last summer, so we're going to stay on it and post updates all the time. Jim just reignited the flame with some juice from last weekend.

The Perfect Wife / Two Brothers Tavern
A Weekend in Vermont

We're playing at The Perfect Wife in Manchester, VT this Friday 10.09, then the next night we're back at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury, VT. We'll be camping both nights at Emerald Lake up there in East Dorset (near Manchester). If you're up for the trek, come get down with us, then skip on back to the campground and roast some marshmallows with the band. How can you beat that? Both of these rooms are super cool and worth the gas to get to... promise!

Check out our full tour schedule for complete details.

posted: 10.08.2009
Middle East this Saturday!

Max & Mike
This is a happy reminder that we are going to be over at the Middle East Upstairs this Saturday 9/19, along with The Zac Mac Band and Ships in the Dark, Max’s new side project.

We are quite excited for this show. We have been itching for a hometown gig and all of a sudden this one is here for us to play… yay! We have some delightful arrangements prepared for this fine engagement. We have been running a bunch of new songs at gigs lately, and feel like they are some of our best so far.

We have already had a great response from friends that are coming out for this gig. It should be a party in Central Square on Saturday. Come on out and get yourself moving to some music. You deserve it!

posted: 09.17.2009
hi8us @ The Middle East Upstairs!

Max & Mike
It’s been a few since we have updated you on what is going on. All the dudes in the band are doing pretty great these days. We have been playing a lot and have a bunch of new folks on our email list this time around (Welcome!). We have dropped a few new songs into the setlists recently, and they are really coming together at our shows. The band has plans to record some of them this winter. We have a nice queue of songs ready to go, and we really feel like this stuff will shine in the studio... more to come on that!

The big thing we’d like to announce is our next upcoming Boston (well, Cambridge) date. Saturday, Sep. 19th at The Middle East Upstairs, in Cambridge, MA, hi8us will put on their big-boy pants and rock this excellent room once again. We are really looking forward to this one. We have Ships in the Dark (Max's side project) and the Zac Mac Band joining us on the bill, so the whole night will shine! Come be shiny with us..

Last but not least, we have joined forces with a number of great bands at the new Village Produce online store to help promote independent music and spread the word. Check out all the excellent stuff at this nifty site and turn yourself on to a new kickass band or two. All of the bands on the site are pre-approved as awesome by us. ;)

We're also playing the Barley Pub in Dover, NH for the first time this Friday 8/28. Come on out and get nutty!

posted: 08.26.2009
Boat Cruise Tomorrow Night!

Max & Mike
We have been hearing from a bunch of you about our Boston Boat Cruise this Friday night, June 5th. It really sounds like this is going to be a super fun night out on the Harbor. We can't wait! Those of you going who have yet to buy tickets can pick them up online right here.

If you are in on this, make sure you get to Rowes Wharf by 7:30pm, as the boat leaves at 8pm sharp and we want no sailor left behind. Also, the bar on the boat is cash only, so bring a fist full of dollars to ensure you are able to stay well hydrated for the duration of the voyage.

We have some really excellent stuff planned for this show. Get psyched! We will see you there.

posted: 06.04.2009
The Love Boat... always exciting and new!

Jim & Colin
Here we are at the front end of the summer. YAY! Our calendar is peppered with sweet dates from right now until the foreseeable future. We are starting things off right with a spot this weekend at the StrangeCreek Campout out in Greenfield, MA. We hit the Vernville Earth Stage tonight, Friday, May 22nd at 5:00pm, to boggle some minds with our unique musical renditions. After the set we will probably swill some pops, chill out by the bonfire, then check out some other bands' sets 'til the wee hours. In the morning, Jim promised to make breakfast on his portable stove as well. Wooord!

Our next big Boston date is also just around the corner and is the one you definitely want to hit up. Friday, June 5th, hi8us will hit the water for a night of music and warm weather enjoyment on our 3rd Annual Rock On! Concert Cruise aboard the "MV New Boston." Once again we are joined by The Effective Dose for what should be a crazy evening of fun in beautiful Boston Harbor. On these early summer nights there is no better way to unwind than out on the water during sunset with good friends, a few cold sodas and some nice tunes. Mark the date and be sure to get to the boat on time. It's also good to get tickets in advance so you can just cruise right on when you get there. They start boarding by Rowes Wharf at 7:15pm, and set sail promptly at 8pm. We will be back in by 11pm and have some close-by post-show plans in the works... should be excellent!

We have some other dates on the calendar that we are looking forward to. Check out the full schedule to see where we'll be. We are up at Gemstones in Lowell during the last weekend of the month, as well as a return to Connecticut to check out O'Neill's in Norwalk. See you out there!

posted: 05.22.2009
Spring Gigs!

hi8us @ The Spur
Park City, UT - 08.12.08
Shooting you a quick line while we have a moment to breathe here. hi8us is coming off a busy month of gigs. We had a great time the other night at the Hard Rock Cafe with Strangefolk. We met many friendly new folks at the gig and unloaded a bunch of copies of our album. Strangefolk and the Wormtown crew have a great music community, and we're always happy when our paths cross.

Actually, they asked us to jump on and be part of the 7th Annual StrangeCreek Campout music festival out in Greenfield, MA on Memorial Day Weekend. We are really excited for this thing and will be hitting the stage on Friday, May 22nd at 5pm sharp! Come on out and join us for one of the best festivals of the summer. More details to come...

So, Jim and Mike have already taken this very brief downtime to hit the space and work out some new material. We have been pumping out some really fun new songs lately that feel quite good when played. They get tighter with each gig, and seem to evolve nicely into their own after a little road time. With a busy spring and summer schedule ahead of us, we are all about infusing this new stuff into the setlists. Our plan is to completely blow your mind.

We are back on the scene in April with some nice gigs in some of our favorite places, as well as some new spots. We are hitting this new room called The Alley in North Adams, MA on April 10th, and then playing the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH for the first time the next night, April 11th. Our next Boston area show is over at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on Friday, April 17th. The Lizard Lounge is so cool and fun, it's ridiculous. Those of you who were there with us on New Year's Eve know that this one is not to be missed. Tell your friends and put it on the calendar. Advance tickets are available here. Together we will levitate!

posted: 03.31.2009
Hard Rockin' with Strangefolk!

Colin, dropping bombs at The Knit
We hope this update finds you feeling great. We are doing pretty well these days. The band has had a few busy weekends around New England, including a great show last Saturday at Red Square in Burlington, VT. The room filled up and the gloves came off... so to speak. Playing instruments is easier with no gloves, after all.

Anyway, we have been locking in nicely on stage recently, and this cohesion is happening at a good time. Our next big Boston date is just around the corner, and we want to make sure we get our whole local crew together for this one. Next Friday, March 20th, hi8us will join the dudes from Strangefolk for another night of rock 'n' roll mayhem at the Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. Last time we played with these guys the show was a total blast. Both bands played their hearts out and the energy in the room was way up. We are really excited for this show and think it is in your best interest to be in attendance. The room sold out last time, so you might want to procure tickets early. Check out the tour schedule below for complete show details and ticketing info.

Finally, we are debuting at The Rhumb Line up in Gloucester, MA this Saturday night, March 14th. We have found that the whole Cape Ann Region has a surprisingly vibrant music scene, and we always have tons of fun playing up there. If you have nothing going, you should come on out and get on down!

Also, turn a friend on to our debut album, The Superficial Deep. It would make us wicked happy.

posted: 03.12.2009
Vote for us on OurStage!

“Shot Ski Aftermath”
The Spur - Park City, UT - 8/12/08
We've been busy lately... playing lots of shows, having a great time, and feeling pretty groovy. We hope to keep the tradition going this weekend with a nice lil’ Boston-area show in a cool new venue. On Friday night, February 6th, hi8us will be in Union Square in Somerville, whooping it up at Precinct. The Funkadites will get the night going, then pass the torch on to us. We're excited for our first time in this cool room. We have heard good things, so come check it out with us. Then on Saturday night we head back up to the North Shore to annihilate Kitty O’Sheas once again with some serious rock. We always have fun in this most excellent room, and so should all of you. If you're around and have nothing going on, head out and get that serious groove face on like you do.

Oh and another thing. We noticed that our tune “The Crawl” is currently holding steady in the Top 10 Indie Rock songs on OurStage.com, out of nearly 600 entries no less! OurStage is this growing song competition type site for independent artists. Anyone can sign up and vote for the songs they like, although they refer to it as "judging." At the end of the day though, it's the fans that decide who's the best, and winning artists each month receive some most excellent prizes, not to mention gaining a lot of attention from the site's growing community. If there's one easy, surefire way for you hi8us fans out there to have an impact on our success, participating on the OurStage site is certainly it! Either way, we're happy to know people out there are really digging the tunes... so are we. ;)

posted: 02.05.2009
On this fine historic day...

Creative "juices" flowing...
Photo by Rebecca Lathrop
First off, a big thanks to all the folks that made it out in the snow to ring in 2009 with us at the Lizard Lounge. What a time we had this go around! The four of us definitely felt that this show was our best New Year's Eve effort to date. We all felt really locked in, and John Doney & Daddy Long Legs seemed to be playing in top form as well. High fives all around!

So far the band has hit the ground running in 2009. We have a full calendar for the foreseeable future with some nice nuggets in there to keep you satiated. One nugget is quite tasty and will have you dancing with your eyes closed for sure. Friday, March 20th, hi8us will once again team up with the dudes from Strangefolk for an evening of music at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston's Faneuil Hall. The Cavern Club at the Hard Rock is an awesome room... throw a nice bill into that room -- hi8us & Strangefolk -- and you are guaranteed a wicked fun time. The room was packed last time, so get your tickets early.

In the meantime, check us out at www.hi8us.org, Facebook, or MySpace to see where we are playing locally... we've got some trips to some of our regular haunts in the Berkshires, the Cape, and the North Shore, as well as a few first forays into spots like Portsmouth, NH, Stamford, CT, and some new clubs in and around the Boston area.

We have been doling out some killer sets at some of our local spots, and it's been extra fun. You should come out to one. Just don't drink too much, pass out mid-dance and crash into Jim's gear, or twist his nipple while he is playing a guitar solo. Everyone loses when you do that.

Alright, that's it for now. Don't forget to pick up your copy of our new album, The Superficial Deep, at a show, on our site, on iTunes, or pretty much any other online music store. See you out there!

posted: 01.20.2009
New Year's Eve tickets available at the door!

Great news everyone! For the third time, hi8us has called Lizard Lounge home for New Year's Eve, and our advance online tickets have sold out. For those Johnny-come-latelys, do not stress. The venue has been kind enough to set aside 25 additional tickets that will be available at the door. We want to stress that these are the ONLY, ONLY, ONLY tickets left for this epic event.

hi8us knows what you are thinking... how do we get those tickets?! The answer is simple. First come, first served. Get to the Lizard Lounge early and the tickets will start to be released at 8:00pm on December 31, 2008. Luckily for all of you waiting, the venue is directly below one of the finest eateries the "People's Republic" has to offer, Cambridge Common. Belly up and rap with JP at the bar, or get a table and savor delectable dishes while you wait to rock in 2009 with the up-and-coming John Doney and your humble hosts, hi8us.

It's on people. It's supposed to be a cold night, so don't get left out. 25 tickets left. Get there early, eat, buy your tickets, and help us celebrate the past, present and future. Music starts at 9pm. Happy Holidays and we'll see you out there!

posted: 12.30.2008
Happy Holidays!

Hi boys and girls, and Happy Holidays from us! We are excited that it's December, and hope you are feeling festive. Us dudes here at camp hi8us are feeling like 2008 was a big year for the band... national tour... new album... margarine! We are hoping to cap it with a top notch New Year's Eve party over at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge.

Since our last email, we have already sold a big chunk of tickets to the show. We have been in the rehearsal studio refining our plans for this special evening and are really excited to drop something new on you. The show will be a unique experience and we really want you there with us! Tell your friends and come get it on with us at the best venue in the city on the last night of the year.

It is looking more and more like this show will sell out. We want you to be there more than you know. Having a great crowd for this show makes the room so much fun. Skip the high-priced cover charges at the crowded meat market dude-bars and come keep it real over in Cambo! Sip some suds while we rock for the rest of the year. You will love it.

Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com for $20, and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will be a limited number of walk-up tickets available on the night of the show, but getting them beforehand is easier and cheaper. That's it for now, kids. Enjoy the holidays and we will see you next week!

posted: 12.23.2008
New Year's Eve at the Lizard Lounge!

“Gonna get inspired, and it won't take long...”

First off, a big thanks to everyone that rallied out for the T.T. the Bear's show last week! We had a great time playing to an amazing crowd. Special thanks to the Nate Wilson Group for having us on for their CD Release Party as well. You guys rock!

hi8us has a full schedule for the rest of December. We're playing a bunch of dates throughout the Northeast, as well as practicing our butts off in preparation for New Year's Eve. We will be at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for the hi8us New Year's Eve 2009 Blowout Rock 'n' Roll Spectacle. Our cohort of musicians for the evening will include our good friend John Doney opening up the night with a full set of superb songs from his catalogue.

The hi8us roadshow descends on this subterranean den of chilled-out perfection to serenade in 2009 with our unique rock renditions. Those of you who have been with us in the past know that the Lizard Lounge is the semi-secret sweet spot for New Year's Eve. Once you make your way downstairs, the vibe of this cozy den completely takes you in. The band drops in and the room starts pulsing. You're surrounded by friends and a bunch new faces all looking to party.

A feverish energy sweeps through the room as the midnight hour slowly creeps up.… the low red lighting and warm vibes set the mood for an evening of fine grooves and celebration. Raise one of the Lounge's many perfectly crafted oat sodas to your lips and feel the music as it hits you right. This special venue has a way of putting you in that perfect mood for having fun and smiling a bunch. Together, we will all start 2009 off on the good foot for SHO.

You can pick up tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com. The cover is $20 and includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. New Year's Eve is our biggest night of the year and this show has sold out quickly the past two years. We really want all of you to get in the door, so please lock up your spot early and avoid having to worry it when the night comes around. There will be a small handful of tickets reserved for walk-ups on the day of the show, but we strongly encourage getting them in advance.

We can't wait for this one. See you there!

posted: 12.09.2008
Heeey, you, YOU!

Sorry we've been out of touch, but we're finally back with some nice updates.

First things first, we want to drop the “save the date” on you right away... hi8us is thrilled to announce our return to the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA for New Year's Eve. Stay tuned for all the details on this show in the coming weeks.

In the more immediate future, we are quite excited for our next local show. hi8us is teaming up with the Nate Wilson Group as support for their CD Release Party at T.T. the Bear's Place in Central Square, Cambridge, on 12/03/08. Nate has been a cornerstone fixture of the Northeast music scene for over a decade as one of the founding members of Percy Hill, plus as contributing songwriter and keyboardist for the very successful, national toruing act Assembly of Dust. His band's new album, Unbound, is amazing and we expect their live show will follow suit. We're incredibly pumped for our first spot at T.T.'s and hope to enjoy your company at the gig!

We've been receiving an amazing response to our debut album, The Superficial Deep. Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy! They were selling like hotcakes at the release party at the Middle East and on the road as well, and everyone we have heard from is saying they dig it a bunch. We dig it too. ;) Since our national tour in August, we've been hearing from new fans from around the country that are drinking the hi8us Kool-Aid, so to speak. You have no idea what a big deal it is if you turn even one friend on to the album. It's a dream come true for us to hear that someone in some far-off town is playing our record. You can purchase the CD and MP3s on our music page, or at any of our live shows. It is also now available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Lala, Napster, and elsewhere, so wherever you prefer to get your new music, you should be able to find us... and make our dreams come true!

Finally, we have a few sweet gigs at some of our favorite regular spots between now and New Year's. Check out our tour page for all the details. Thanks for everything, and we'll see you soon.

posted: 11.03.2008
The Day is Upon Us!

8/8/08 is here... an auspicious date believed to bring wealth and prosperity, the start of the Olympics... and the perfect date for hi8us to release our album and kick off our tour! Our duffle bags are packed, the tour bus is fully fueled, our roadies are busy doing... well, they're not really doing much right now, actually. They are both totally pumped, though... as are the four of us.

The hi8us 8/08 International Tour kicks of tonight with a blowout event over at the Middle East Upstairs. We have the brand new CDs in hand, and a sweet setlist planned. We can't wait to get everyone in the same room so we can make some noise and party down together.

After the show, we will immediately hit the road and proceed to blaze a trail across the continent, blowing minds and taking names along the way. If ever there is a Boston hi8us show to catch, this would be the one. John Doney is starting the night off at 9pm (doors at 8pm), then hi8us is on for a long set of musical revelry and tasty audio tidbits that will definitely be awesome.

Check into www.hi8us.org over the next two-plus weeks for the latest tour updates... we've just added a new show, revisiting our friends in the whitewater haven of Lotus, CA. We will be posting a tour blog that will include some pics from the road and other fun tour stuff.

See you all tonight. Buy an album from us (we'll sign them too) and make sure to tell your friends around the country that we are coming through town! We love ya!

posted: 08.08.2008
New Album, New Website, Big Tour, and More!!!

Alright, the time has come… much to report here! Our newly minted album, The Superficial Deep, will be released officially next week. In preparation for the release, we have just unveiled our new and improved website for your viewing enjoyment. The site will continue to expand over the weeks and months ahead, but we really like how things are looking so far, and hope you do as well! We also have a brand new profile on Facebook, and our MySpace profile will be getting a much-needed facelift very soon as well.

As part of the introduction of the new site, we are offering a limited-time only special on the digital (MP3) version of the album at a huge discount. You can download the entire album, plus a bonus track not on the CD, right here, right now, for just $5. This special offer will be available for just one week, until the Album Release Party on 8/8. We know how everyone likes a deal, so we wanted to do our part and give you things that you like. The album will also be up on iTunes in the coming weeks… so stay tuned!

We hope to see everyone out for the Album Release Party next Friday night, 8/8/08 at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA. You can purchase tickets here, and we highly recommend getting tickets in advance. This show is going to be a ton of fun, and will likely sell out. Our good friend John Doney will be opening up. If you have not seen him before, you have no idea what you are missing. Be sure to get there early! Doors open at 8pm.

Also, we have filled in some more tour dates on our calendar as well. We have added shows at the Otter Rock Cafe in Morro Bay, CA on Friday 8/15, as well as the legendary Boom Boom Room in San Francisco on Tuesday 8/19, with still more to come. We are incredibly psyched to have this run of dates planned in a bunch of new cities, so please bug your friends to come out and see us if we are playing nearby. It would be the biggest help ever!

That's the news on our end. See you next Friday night!

posted: 08.01.2008