The Highest Order is Paul Mortimer, Kyle Porter, Simone Schmidt and Simone TB. Idée Fixe records is overjoyed to announce the release of their debut LP, on March 19, 2013. Having spent the better part of the last decade touring North America as members of two time Polaris long listed One Hundred Dollars, Mortimer (guitars / vocal), Porter (bass) and Schmidt (guitar / vocal) hooked up with drummer Simone TB (who had been carving out her own career as one half of Tropics, and EL V Gore) in early 2012 to form The Highest Order.
Within months the band hit the studio to record their debut album. "If It's Real" takes elements of psychedelic rock and classic country carried by a heavy rhythm section and Mortimer's guitar lines, and pairs them with Schmidt's critically acclaimed poetic lyricism and vocal delivery. Working with Jeff McMurrich (Constantines, Jennifer Castle) in their home town Toronto, The Highest created a record that The Torontoist described as "equal parts hard Western and Carl Sagan, trailing as much stardust as tobacco smoke." A NOW magazine album of the week, glowing reviews from a bunch of press kicked off a season of touring across the country. With a live show that draws upon classic forms of showmanship, The Highest Order dispose of the sloppier conventions of modern day indie rock, and offer a spectacle that hinges on accomplished musicianship and song craft.