The title of their CD, Fast & Cheap, accurately describes the circumstances under which guitarist Tommy Dean and his band High Risk (Dean Peterson, bass; Tim Karbowski, drums) had to record. Recorded "live in the studio" in three days, the record was also completely self-produced and self-financed by the band members. Fast & Cheap features driving, rhythmically powerful music using straightforward guitar-bass-drum arrangements. The CD includes a rockin' cover version of Blondies' "One Way Or Another", but guitarists will find most enjoyable a live, nine-minute instrumental arrangement/improv over the Henri Mancini "Pink Panther" theme called "Pink/Peter". Guitar-heavy and blistering, the song also quotes from "Peter Gunn", "Purple Haze" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy!"
High Risk regards themselves as the quintessential "Do It Yourself" 90's rock band. Formed in November, 1990, the band played its first gig on December 1st of that same year. They have since performed over 700 gigs, more than once doing two shows in two different cities on the same day. After securing a slot on the main stage at Rock Fest '96, the band decided to incorporate original material into their set. Encouraged by the positive response, High Risk began making plans to record their first CD. They combined elements of alternative/grunge, punk and metal into the songs that make up Fast & Cheap.
High Risk is striving to create music with melody and hooks in the forefront, along with writing lyrics that run the gamut from humorous to deadly serious, delivered with attitude and passion. With their debut CD, they've taken a mighty first step towards their goal.
325 E. Cook St.
Portage, WI 53901