After forming in Cuba, now based in Los Angeles, alt-rock outfit High Grass write ambitious and frank songs about relationships and day to day life with darker, more introspective undertones. Their EP ‘The Black Door’ which will contain 5 tracks, written and recorded by the band back in Cuba is set to release May 1st.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, High Grass’ front woman Kristina Miranda moved to Cuba in 2010, joining forces with Marciel in 2012, where HighGrass was born. With Cuba being an isolated country, with hardly any internet until 2015, there was a time that Rock and Roll music was banned and could only be found in the underground scene. Despite limited resources, High Grass recorded their music in their bedroom’s. Rock is still known in Cuba for its rebel expression, which is why High Grass create music to bring attention to the struggles that people experience living there.
It wasn’t long before they started making quite a name for themselves over in Cuba, collecting nominations for The Best Rock Band of Cuba at the “Cuerda Viva” and performing at Havana World Music Festival (2015). It was in that period that High Grass captured the attention of multi-Grammy producer Jacquire King and talented artist, Christian Paschall (Maren Morris’ drummer) who were the first influential figures in the industry to grasp the potential in the band. Since then, High Grass have collaborated with them on several future releases.
When speaking more on their EP, lead vocalist Kristina explained ” Our EP “The Black Door” is called by the name of the last track in the record. It was the first song Marciel and I wrote together. The EP itself is a throwback to the beginning of our journey that started in Cuba, where we wrote and recorded all these songs.
Every track is full of energy and there is a storytelling involved. We wanted to bring different topics to the table such as relationships, women empowerment, life motivation, drug addiction, TV criticism…The black door symbolises the unknown and certain choices we all have to make at some moment in our lives. The cover for our EP is reminiscent of the Pink Floyd cover, referencing the continuity that bridges the generations and different cultures.”