Barry drums, Tyler thumbs bass, Jason sings and plays guitar, while Jesse plays an organ and sings some songs too. Together on a stage, they are Uptights. It’s what these four gentlemen from Vancouver, Canada call the wild, whirring patterns of sound they’re developing in an effort to transform dark static rooms filled with disparate crowds into audiences that respond in unison to the jumpy, jittery rhythms of perfectly executed power pop.
What brought Uptights together? Fate? Chance? A shared love of Nick Low, The Clash, and The Replacements? Or a combination of them all? We can only speculate. But one thing is certain, despite the band’s recent formation, the sound of Uptights was a long time coming. It was cast from the elements of several seminal bands: Tyler Mountenay from the Parallels and Tranzmitors; Jason Stevenson from Edmonton’s Falklands; Barry Higginson from the Vancouver- based Doers and Previous Tenants; and finally Jesse Gander, who, when not playing in Ghosthouse and Black Rice, produced albums for bands like White Lung, Pack AD and Japandroids.
Now that they’re together, under one moniker, the listener stands to benefit most. The early months of 2015 spawned their first singles online: Edge of the Earth, and Some People, which led to countless shows in and around Vancouver, and a trip to Calgary’s Sled Island festival. It’s safe to say the Uptights’ sound is in full delivery mode. There will be more coming too, as they continue their mission to regenerate the thought that music should be an escape into a place that’s easy to access, and that once you’re there, you’ll be among friends.