The Hi-Risers play energetic, song-oriented rock'n'roll. Formed in 1997, the founding members are Greg Townson (vocals, guitar) and Todd Bradley (vocals, bass). Jason Smay joined the band on drums in 2002. The band has recorded six CD'S, "Panic", "In The Spotlight", "Lost Weekend", "That Rock & Roll Beat", "The Fine Art Of Making Mistakes" and their latest "Once We Get Started". They also collaborated with Kaiser George (leader of The Kaisers) on the recent release "Transatlantic Dynamite" and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets/The Neanderthals) on "Eddie Angel Meets The Beatles." In addition, they've contributed recordings to numerous compilations.
The Hi-Risers have played to enthusiastic audiences in a wide variety of venues, including upscale niteclubs, country joints, blues clubs, punk dives, and outdoor family oriented festivals. They've toured the US frequently and have been well received in Europe. Although The Hi-Risers consider themselves a rock & roll band, you will also hear rockabilly, rhythm and blues, country, doo-wop and surf in their music.
Todd Bradley and Greg Townson began their musical partnership nearly twenty years ago. In addition to playing hundreds of shows together and releasing two records with The Essentials and The Salamanders, they've recorded with Rock'n'Roll Hall-of-Famer Hank Ballard, jazz legend Bill Doggett, James Brown's bandleader Pee Wee Ellis, and soul great John Ellison. On stage they have backed up everyone from Bo Diddley to Delbert McClinton. They have shared bills with such diverse acts as NRBQ, The Ramones, and many, many others. Todd and Greg's recordings have been reviewed favorably in Billboard, Guitar Player, Option, Cool and Strange Music, Blue Suede News and many other music publications.
The appeal of the Hi-Risers is probably best expressed by a bar patron who, after hearing the band for the first time, declared "you would have to be a total jerk not to love this band!"
What the Experts Say…
"Their exuberant performances are reminders that Rock'n'Roll used to be a really simple thing."
"By playing roots music with equal parts precision and abandon they truly shine. Go see the Hi-Risers and be entertained!"
"Their unrestrained Rock'n'Roll and uncomplicated take on life could be used to set off spontaneous beach parties!"
Recent Lost Weekend Reviews:
"Easily the finest disc yet from this Rochester, NY-based trio – a sizzling collection of rock and roll, including rockabilly, surf instrumental, garage band, and other influences that literally leap out of the speakers and make you grin. "Mile Long Mean Streak" will satisfy the trucker in you, as bassist Todd Bradley sneers his way through the vocals, while "Bugle Ann" will cover your Brit garage band cravings quite well. Part of the joy in listening to this disc is that the band can play so many different styles while maintaining a cohesive feel across the disc. "Ghost of the Surfer Girl" follows "Bugle Ann," for example, and though the styles are quite different, there is no shock to the listener. Next is "In a Place Like This," a retro Beatlesque romp if there ever were one, and again, though there may be a stylistic clash with the other numbers, one can't help but smile. In addition to bassist Bradley, the band consists of Greg Townson on guitar and vocals, and Jason Smay on drums. Together, they mesh beats and melodies effortlessly. But there is more than just versatility here; the feel of the songs, the hooks, the level of playing is so good that it almost goes overlooked. The ease with which these guys pound out fun is only understood when you look at how many other bands out there are capable of doing the same. That is, not many, if any. A definite must-have disc for any fan of rock and roll."
"I've liked everything I've ever heard from this band. I'm not sure how
many full length releases they have put out, but this is my third. Like
some of my other favorite bands, this trio is adept at playing a wide
range of styles that all appeal to me. They are probably most in their
element playing a fun and swinging pop rockabilly influenced hybrid that
reminds me of Dave Edmunds, especially with Rockpile. While most of the
clever songs fit this rough description, there are some that remind me
of the kind of summer party fare I associate with the Beach Boys, some
that could pass for '60s rock and roll radio hits, some that exhibit all
the charm of your favorite lounge pad groovers and some that mix
elements from a variety of sources. "Mile Long Mean Streak," "Ghost of
the Surfer Girl," "You Make Me Look Like Keith," "A Girl On Either Arm,"
etc. combine superb musicianship,
memorable lyrics and production values that any band obssesed with the
'60s would be proud of. Great instrumentals too. What can I say, this is "
Kaiser George & The Hi-Risers
Eddie Angel & The Hi-Risers
Flower City Pop Compilation
Garage Pop Records Compilation
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