Always Watching / United States Of England / Adrenalin / 141=3 / Powerless / Sunshine In A Bag / Plastic Superstar / Cardboard World / Love Me When You’re Sleeping / Skin
GLOBAL MUSIC DEVELOPMENT
RELEASED>October 16th 2006
Creating an anguished pop rock racket that sounds like Feeder having a particularly bad day, 3 Mile High are a band making sizeable mainstream rock gestures here on their self titled debut album 3 MILE HIGH. The Leeds based four piece deliver a record that certainly knows the importance of a decently placed pop hook or two, even if it doesn’t quite offer much in the way of originality or fresh ideas.
With its anthemic choruses and crunching power chords, opening number and previous single ALWAYS WATCHING takes its cues from the likes of the Foo Fighters and the Goo Goo Dolls; although its got to be said, there’s a trace of Busted or McFly in some of the more overtly radio friendly moments here.
You see, 3 Mile High are one of those bands who rock out just enough, the heavier moments never threatening or abrasive in the way Nirvana or any of the grunge bands could be; here a heavy guitar riff is never too far away from a happy-go-lucky pop chorus or chirpy backing vocal.
3 MILE HIGH is an album full of such moments, songs that pogo their way along in a burst of thrashing power chords and snappy melodies; just listening to the likes of UNITED STATES OF ENGLAND, 141=3 or HAPPINESS IN A BAG stirs up definite traces of deja vu, these are songs that you’ll have heard done bigger and better by bands such as Green Day or the Goo Goo Dolls countless times before, 3 Mile High clearly not a band with originality or uniqueness factoring high up on their agenda.
The inevitable ballad comes in the form of POWERLESS, 3 Mile High delivering their lighters in the air moment, all gentle verses and erupting choruses; again, nothing you won’t have heard countless times before. The strictly by the numbers pop punk of CARDBOARD WORLD and LOVE ME WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING don’t rock the boat whilst closer SKIN is an overblown power ballad that imagines Meatloaf fronting McFly; not an exactly pretty premise.
Its perhaps hard to get very excited about 3 Mile High, but for simple pop rock thrills and hook laden singalongs you could do a lot worse. Even though its Busted meets Foo Fighters shtick may prove a little too slick and sugar sweet for some and the unorginality off-putting, 3 MILE HIGH is a slick and accomplished debut that makes for a decent rather than thrilling start.
The Euphoric feeling of been on stage and playing powerful quality rock music has given 3 Mile High the reputation of ‘the best live band ever’.
Quite a title you would say. Well they certainly live up to it and now the
4 piece from Leeds have laid down their infamous sounds in the studio and are releasing their debut single ALWAYS WATCHING on 10th July 2006.
Drawing their influences from Foo Fighters, Yellowcard and The All American Rejects creates this powerful wave of melodic stadium rock full of strong hooks which make you want more.
The bands reputation has already crossed the pond where they have been asked to provide the soundtrack for a forthcoming film to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Watch this space…
Have you seen them live? From small venues to large festivals 3 Mile High can make a crowd move, sweat, and feel like a member of the band.
Band Line up
- ALWAYS WATCHING (Global Music Development>2006)
- Always Watching
- Plastic Superstar
- Always Watching (Video)
3 MILE HIGH (Global Music Development>2006)
- Always Watching
- United States Of England
- Sunshine In A Bag
- Plastic Superstar
- Cardboard World
- Love Me When You’re Sleeping
Mike Bond - UKmusicsearch 2007