The High Divers
After a horrific crash in June—in which a semi truck hit and flipped their tour van, injuring all band members and crew—caused an unexpected delay, Charleston's The High Divers will at long last release Chicora, their follow-up to 2015's Riverlust, on March 2, 2018 via True Blue Records.
It's been a long road to recovery, but the band was always determined to return to the stage as soon as possible. “For a while, all we wanted to do was stare at a wall,” says frontman Luke Mitchell. “Getting back to playing got my heart beating again…We had just been sitting there in painful suspended animation, but getting back to playing shows gave us something to work towards, a goal to struggle for." Chicora takes its name from the Charleston neighborhood the band calls home, and it's fitting, given they did all the recording in their living room. And although the album was already finished before the van accident, it also serves as a reminder of the community that rallied around the band in its time of need.
The band played over 50 shows just a month after their crash, and The High Divers will be hitting the road again in January, with an extra taste of home with them this time around: they'll be joined by Mitchell's sister and her band, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones, on the aptly named Sibling Rivalry Tour.
It's just one example of how the band heeds its own advice, taking to heart the message behind Chicora and keeping loved ones near. "Hold people close that you trust because there's not a lot of people out there that you can," Mitchell says. "I think throughout the years of struggling in a band, finding people you can trust their opinions and that want the best for you is really an amazing thing to have." Chicora will be released on March 2, 2018 on True Blue Records.