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originally published: 11/12/2022

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(ASBURY PARK, NJ) — Top, a band known for blending pop-punk, R&B, and dance-pop, will play shows Friday, November 18 at The Saint in Asbury Park and Saturday, November 19 at the Brooklyn Monarch. Both shows also include Little Hag, Ghost Club, and Bad Luck.

The Higher’s long-awaited bona fide EP Elvis in Wonderland is available to stream worldwide via Secret Friends Music Group. True to the band’s hometown roots in Las Vegas, Nevada – Elvis In Wonderland picks up where the band left off from their 2009 Epitaph Records studio release, It’s Only Natural.

Issued by Mike Pepe (Taking Back Sunday, As It Is, Bayside, Anthony Green), the pop-rock project consists of five catchy songs written and recorded entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Free Ride,” the first single from the Elvis In Wonderland EP, explores the sonic themes of fraud and fraud versus new pop-punk, along with a music video that takes viewers on a free ride through the Vegas Strip. Title track “Elvis in Wonderland” follows the initial narrative established in “Free Ride,” with our impersonator Elvis seeking to escape reality in Sin City against fast-paced guitar riffs and heart-pounding drums.

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The recent single “Are We Up?,” is out by a help the visualizer, is a clear departure from the band’s recent releases. “Are we up?” it’s a dream-like ballad that touches on the feelings of falling in love for the very first time.

In general, Elvis in Wonderland The EP has a cohesive sound and concept that is sure to satisfy longtime fans of The Higher, and will serve as a great introduction for new listeners.

“It really was a labor of love. Between COVID and juggling schedules, it’s amazing that we were able to do it. Luckily, we worked with some great people. Mike Pepe and Rafa Alverez were great in getting this EP to the end. Super talented guys top. Reggie and I are grateful to Tom and Jay for helping out during the writing process. When the 4 of us get together great things happen, and it’s no different with Elvis.” – Seth Trotter, lead singer of The Higher

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After appearing on this year’s So What? Music Festival and Furnace Fest, The Higher celebrates Elvis in Wonderland EP release and album release show at Las Vegas’ Rockstar Bar & Grill. Grab last minute tickets to hear the new EP live for the very first time, along with other fan favorites like “Insurance” and “It’s Only Natural” via the band’s official website.

Tickets for the show at The Saint (601 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ) are available for purchase online.

Top rose to pop-rock fame in the early 2000s after sharing the stage with emo giants including Panic! At the Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack, Silverstein, and more. Their unique style of rock mixed with a hint of groove landed their hit On Fire LP at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts, in heavy rotation on multiple MTV channels, and on the radar of tastemakers including SPIN , Kerrang! , Fuse, and others. Now the Epitaph Records alumni are taking everything they know from the headlining stages of their early days to shine brighter than ever for their return in 2022. Now the band have shared their first release since 2009, the Elvis In Wonderland EP via Secret Friends Music Group, prepare for the rebirth of The Higher! The new songs incorporate their new sound and blend elements of new age dance pop, emo and R&B with a pop-punk edge. With Seth Trotter on vocals, Reggie Ragan on guitar and vocals, and George Lind rounding out the lineup on drums, The Higher is ready to soar again.

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