[image-1]Over 300 people showed up to the Royal American last Friday night to celebrate the High Divers, whose tour to California last month was cancelled after the crew got into a terrible accident with a semi-truck in Arizona. They may have been bruised but are no longer undeterred — reeling from the euphoria that comes from being surrounded by people who love and support you, by Monday (July 17) the band had announced their triumphant return to the road.

“We feel so lucky to have people in our lives that knew we needed to get back to playing music in order to stay sane. It’s been a strange experience, and not unlike a bunch of people turning a bright light on in a dark room, where we felt we’d stay hidden for a while. It takes a second to adjust to everyone going out of their way to help you, but now our weird armor that kept us at a distance from others has worn down, and we’re all glad no one let us sit in the dark,” says frontman Luke Mitchell.

“My heart is open and my mind is getting clearer thanks to the badass folks who worked so hard to make us feel loved,” Mitchell continues. “Through all of this, getting back to playing has been in the front of our minds, and had our injuries not been so severe, we would have kept going. Now, to be able to get back to touring is unreal, and without the support from the Charleston community, it would’ve taken much, much longer.”

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The High Divers want to say thanks, to you all. Listen up: “People who know us well know that we don’t take our music lightly, and for them to be out there fighting for us to get back to normal is touching. We are so grateful to everyone for helping us pick up the pieces. We’re really hoping to move on physically, mentally, and legally from this shit chapter in our book as soon as possible, though we have to be patient on some fronts. We’ll never be able to repay the families, bands, venues, reporters, doctors, nurses, lawyers, fans, physical therapists or firefighters back for all they did to help us, but want each and every person to know that we have a deep love for them, and will always be infinitely grateful. We’ll continue to give all we have at our shows and hopefully bring some happiness to the many people who helped pull us back to our feet. It’s good to be here!!! Thank you all!”

And just like that, they’re off. Check out their road schedule below and tell a friend to go pay ’em a visit. Should you want to support them while on tour, head over to Bandcamp and purchase a copy of the band’s incredible debut, Riverlust. They’ll blaze back through Charleston on Fri. Sept. 8 for a show at the Royal American.

Oh, the High Divers. We know it’s not like you to lie down in despair, but we’d support you anyway if you did. Safe travels.
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