Von and I have been giving the High Divers a whole lot of love lately. (In fact, you'll hear a few more songs off their Sadler Vaden-produced EP Ride With You on Friday's episode.) The Charleston-based band delivers gentle folk rock with lush instrumentation, bold singing, and intricate harmonies that remind me of Great Peacock. That the High Divers is actually a network of childhood friends from Hilton Head Island goes a long way to explaining their synergy.
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“Stick Around” is an urgent call-to-action in the wake of numerous friends falling prey to suicide. “If you’re hurting, your house is haunted," calls lead singer Luke Mitchell, "You just need a friend around.” Having gone through a rather intense sense of isolation recently, Mitchell's warm words are just what I needed to hear. The band packs a whopping amount of sincerity into this 3:31 -- difficult to do when addressing such an emotional topic. This strength and commitment to their music bodes well for the High Divers' own staying power.