Highbinder praises Toledo in donated songWritten by Casey Harper | | email@example.com
Local band Highbinder donated its track “Frogtown Stomp” to Toledo Free Press’ “Red, White & You” album with profits going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
“Whenever anything happens, the Red Cross is there and the opportunity to be there for an organization that is always there for anybody else is great,” said vocalist and guitarist Jon Kuhlman.
The four guys and one woman in Highbinder have been playing together since 2002. Andrew Clark sings and plays guitar, Ben Bomlitz is on drums, Adam Keeler plays bass and Megan Fitzpatrick Urich plays violin and keyboards.
“We have opened for some nationals over the years,” Kuhlman said. “We opened up for Jackal to a packed house. In high school we went to see the bands, so to be on the other side of the barricade in front of a packed house was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”
Kuhlman said bands like Pearl Jam, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles influence them.
“They didn’t stick to one sound,” he said. “If they felt like doing a country song they did it. If they felt like doing a screaming rock song they did. Basically, whatever pops in our heads ends up coming out of our amplifiers.”
Highbinder has performed larger shows as it has grown in popularity. It opened for Whitesnake despite a close call.
“Our bass player stepped out on the barricade and slipped and the barricade bouncer caught him and put him on his shoulders and paraded him around for the rest of the show,” Kuhlman said. “Yeah, it was fun.”
Kuhlman praised the Toledo music community and said Highbinder won’t play in Detroit anymore because it is too “cutthroat.”
“It’s really not like that in Toledo,” he said. “Whenever we book a show, we book the bands that we want to see; we want to hear their music. There is this stigma that if music is not on the radio it’s not good but that is just not true. All the guys on the radio were playing in front of bars at one time.”
The feeling of being onstage keeps the band coming back for more shows.
“It’s kind of an adrenaline thing,” Kuhlman said. “That moment before you get onstage and that adrenaline builds up and we kind of live for it. You get addicted to it.”