Featured: August 2012-2013 - High Hopes

A lot can happen in only twelve months. Some artists or bands will disband, while others may be climbing the charts.

So, we decided to take a look back and check up on the artists or bands who have previously received a 'Band of the Month' spot to see where they are now.

Last August 2012 we asked you, the fans, who you think deserved to be chosen as the next 'Band of the Month'. Basement Entertainment provided you with four options, along with two months to vote. And, beating out the other three choices, by an incredible seventy five percent, High Hopes took the 'Band of the Month' featured spot.

From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Joel Cossette (vocals) and Casey Long-Read (guitar / backing vocals) definitely kept the band going after being featured. And, these two seriously kept themselves busy over the next ten months.

Just a few weeks after being featured, last August of 2012, High Hopes set out on a tour, playing ten cities across western Canada, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna, Red Deer and several others.

The following month the two released a cover video, to their Youtube Channel, of One Direction's popular tune, What Makes You Beautiful. And, less than one month after that release, in October of 2012, they released another cover video of Sufjan Stevens' song, John Wayne Gacy Jr.

On November 5th 2012, Joel and Casey announced the newest additions to their band, bassist Andyy Coulic and drummer Ryan Regier. Later that same day they [also] announced that they would be releasing their debut EP, titled Bigger Than, on January 5th 2013.

Fast forward one month and on December 6th 2012 High Hope's released their official music video for their track, Bigger Than, which can be found on their EP.

The band unquestionably kept busy throughout 2012 and, with the new year, they were not slowing down any time soon.

High Hopes welcomed in 2013 with a brand new Canadian tour. The tour started on January 5th 2013 in Saskatoon and ended on January 19th 2013 in Regina. The four packed their schedule, playing places like Edmonton, Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and a few others. And, of course, in amongst their tour, on January 5th 2013, the guys released their debut EP, Bigger Than.

Shortly after their tour ended, in late February of 2013, High Hopes released their official lyric video for their song Funeral, also found on their debut EP. Plus, twenty days after that release and the guys shared the exciting news that they would be playing the 2013 Juno Fest, which took place throughout April 18th 2013 to April 21st 2013, alongside big names such as Down With Webster and Ten Second Epic.

Moving along to April of 2013 and the four announced [yet another] amazing tour. This time they were hitting the road, throughout May of 2013, with the Toronto, Ontario post hardcore/alternative band, Body Doubles. And, amongst the tour, they hit the stage in Canadian cities like Winnipeg, Guelph, Montreal, Toronto and a couple others. And, of course, they played as a part of the 2013 Juno Fest.

But, just one month later, on June 24th 2013, High Hopes announced that the band would be no more. On the band's Facebook page Joel Cossette (vocals) posted a heartfelt message that read, "It is with great sadness that I write this. Today marks the end of High Hopes. Due to personal reasons, Casey has decided to leave High Hopes. I have decided that it would not be the same band without him. So, this is goodbye. This band has pulled me out of a depression and saved my life. For that, I am eternally grateful to you guys. None of us are too sure what the future holds at this point, but we will definitely post any new projects as they come up."

So, despite their recent departure as a band, High Hopes was certainly an inspirational, relatable and overall incredible band. Their music was real, capturing fans instantly and constantly getting you hooked.

I know the end of High Hopes does not mean the end of music for these four young men. I cannot wait to hear what they are up to next and I wish each of them the best of luck with their future endeavours.

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Photo credit: Facebook

Picture 1: From left to right (top to bottom): Joel Cossette (vocals), Casey Long-Read (guitar / backing vocals), Andyy Coulic (bass) & Ryan Regier (drums)
Picture 2: High Hopes - Bigger Than EP Cover



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