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  • I bet the guys in The High Court would be smiling if they had seen the weather report this morning.

When you're spending your summer touring the country in a van, you're looking for something fun and exciting to do at each new destination.

That's why the emo dance rockers in The High Court use the Internet to their advantage. With a debut album (Puppet Strings) about to drop and a stint on the Warped Tour just weeks away, the possibilities are endless.

"Every day is a party," guitarist Mike Matranga says, laughing, as he and his bandmates prepare for a set in Natick, Mass. "[Lead singer John Brown] is actually off hanging out with a girl he met off of MySpace."

The Internet is also how the band members found each other. Drummer Denny Carvell, guitarist Lou Cuello and bassist Kyle Shellhammer were looking for a lead singer for a band they hoped to form, so they put an advertisement up on Craigslist. They received a single hit from now-vocalist John Brown, who brought along guitarist Mike Matranga to complete the band.

The guys, who all hail from greater Philadelphia, bring with them a certain East Coast swagger that is bold and a bit testy. The High Court's lyrics hit on everything from relationships and sex to the horrors behind a school shooting near the band's stomping ground.

Currently the group is touring the country, doing small gigs in places like Wyoming and South Dakota while preparing for its Warped Tour dates, which start on July 27. But instead of being nervous, the band members say they're just ready to rock out for new audiences.

"We're energetic," Shellhammer says. "The crowd's going to have trouble standing still."


The High Court

theElement, 1626 S. Tejon St.

Friday, July 20, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $8; call 640-6912.


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