“Samantha Doom, bass player, main vocalist, and bandleader of Denver based Hi-Strung, virtually explodes with excitement, enthusiasm, and pride when she discusses the love of her band. She speaks candidly with AXS in this exclusive interview, Doom’s contagious zeal permeates the conversation with inspiration as she asserts that she’s in it for the love of the music, not for the paycheck. Get better acquainted with Samantha Doom and Hi-Strung before catching them live”
" Slowly, as her Blow-Up (Doll) band played out live, other musicians became inspired by Donen's music. "All these people who were really talented wanted to play with me and listen to my ideas, they could hear what I was saying." Samantha found herself finally as a front person with an all human band; It's name...Hi-Strung." I love performing, I haven't ever had stage fright, ever. As an extrovert (in persona), I feel very at ease when I'm on stage. It's like, 'Finally, I can express myself without being fucking interrupted!' " pg. 42-43, Truly Rejected. Issue 4. http://issuu.com/trulyrejected/docs/tr_issue4 This is a feature article on Samantha "Doom" Donen, front person for Hi-Strung. The story of how Hi-Strung the band was conceived from Donen's musical comedy side show of Blow up Dolls.
" I am not sure what the appropriate mood would be to listen to Hi-Strung, Denver’s take on ominous indie rock with hints of orchestra and pop vocals. Perhaps it would be right before heading out on a date, to take your mind off the anxious thoughts plaguing your brain. Or perhaps it would be afterwards, setting the mood for what is to come next. Either way, the band’s solemn record Malfunction is an entertaining take on indie music in general; the vocals feeling far away at points, but the lyrics hitting right at home over top of shadowy melodies that bring into bright light the emotion that the band puts into their music."
"Happy" starts off Hi-Strung's new album as though some sort of standoff were about to go down. It's like spaghetti-Western music interpreted by Siouxsie & the Banshees working with Lene Lovich. "Weird" shifts gears with whimsical but well-composed lyrics that evoke Todd Rundgren or the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and "Snap" recalls the era of '80s new wave embodied by bands like Missing Persons and Big Country, with their ability to inject a breezy quality into upbeat music about less-than-sunny subjects. "Stone Cold Monday" and "Lying Bride" have a feel of inverted nostalgia to them — like something from Julee Cruise if she had teamed up with an early dream-pop outfit. Malfunction is often retro and goth-sounding, but without the misguided cultural baggage.
"Hi-Strung are on their way to becoming one of Denver’s best, behind Samantha Donen's (aka Doom) bass and insight...Starting with the giddily and appropriately named “Happy,” this record (debut album Malfunction) travels down the rabbit hole of a weekend – or a lifetime – as the main character stumbles through what Hi-Strung seems to believe is the inevitability of heartbreak, disarray and finally self-discovery through annihilation – “Kamikaze” style – that comes with love."
"The tale of a personal journey of self-discovery, (Hi-Strung's Album) 'Malfunction' is also a good representation of the band's unique combination of hushed, haunted melodies and emotional exuberance."
"This is a band I want to see live!"