In 2001, the High Strung joined producer Jim Diamond (Electric Six
, the Mooney Suzuki
, the White Stripes
) for the making of These Are Good Times, a retro-garage album that was released two years later. Owen
left the band in 2004, but the High Strung continued onward as a trio, reuniting the following year with producer Diamond for their second album, Moxie Bravo. Park the Van Records reissued Moxie Bravo early in 2007 and issued a new album, Get the Guests, that spring. The High Strung then switched gears by hiring studio wiz David Newfield, who had previously produced material for Los Campesinos!
and Broken Social Scene
, to helm their latest release. The result, 2009's Ode to the Inverse of the Dude, found frontman Josh Malerman writing increasingly personal songs. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi