After first meeting at the University of Ottawa, founding members Derek Connely and Martin Villeneuve began collaborating in 2007. Their musical aspirations grew swiftly as they welcomed bassist and like-minded friend, Matthew Normand, into their creative space. The three of them entertained the idea of assembling a band and initiated a search for a drummer. It wasn't until early 2009 that the search paid off as drummer Kyle Woods joined the band. Originally performing under the name Life in 2D, they have played on Ottawa's music scene since the summer of 2009.
In Fall 2011, the group underwent a major transformation as Normand returned to his hometown, Sarnia. His friend and current bassist Troy Huizinga joined the band in his stead. An exciting new chapter began in 2012, as they changed their name to High Waters and released their debut EP, Gather Wish. Shortly after the release, Woods left the band to pursue other musical projects. High Waters were without a drummer for three months before recruiting friend Matt Speedy as their new permanent drummer. Together, the current members have been actively composing new works and performing live.
High Waters deliver an honest sound. Enriched by the subtle inclusion of folk-rock sensibilities, their music merges the zeal of indie rock with the effervescence of electronic textures. The band's stark contrast between driving energy and hypnotic travelogue defines the dynamics of their music. Harmonious vocal arrangements and sombre melodies reflect their attraction to eerie encounters, the unlikely, and the unknown.