The Higgs’ Garrett Morris Shares ‘Drum Cam’ Pink Floyd Cover
The Higgs’ drummer Garrett Morris shared a “drum cam” cover of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes.” The video also features horn players Josh Schwartz of Turkuaz and A.J. Hill of Spam Allstars as well as guitarist Anthony Cullins.
Morris’ “Echoes” Part I video — the 20-minute epic is split into two segments with Part II arriving on Halloween — follows the Southern California-based drummer’s previous video of Trey Anastasio Band’s “Drifting” featuring TAB’s Russ Lawton. Wanting to keep his jam-centric audience engaged, Morris decided to let his fans vote on songs from Phish costume albums for the next video, but with a twist. Morris detailed the project in a statement:
For the vote, we decided to go with three albums, two songs from each album. Phish did Dark Side Of The Moon. But I think it’s been a little over done; I wanted to throw a curveball. Everywhere I looked Meddle kept coming up over and over again. There was like a gravitational pull toward Meddle. I was listening to ‘Echoes’ a bunch at that time, and so I chose ‘Echoes’ and ‘Fearless’ from the album. But having A.J. and Josh on the project, we also wanted Phish costume albums with killer horn sections in the mix like Quadrophenia and Exile on Main St.
“Echoes” would ultimately win out and the fact that it didn’t have horns — or drums for that matter, Morris used a version with the drum parts cut out — gave Schwartz and Hill a chance to reimagine the song with brass.
“This was a unique opportunity and challenge where it was a blank slate in terms of no horns,” Schwartz shared. “Also a very iconic band, I tried to imagine horns that are kinda trippy and often times spacey. But parts of it are also funky. It was fun putting that together with A.J. He put down some awesome parts.”
“It just came organically, just listening,” A.J. added. “I had a couple different versions and something would just pop into my head and I’d go through the whole song and by the time I got there, it would morph into something else. Finally, I got the one part after a couple takes, the part I ended up sticking with. I think it’s pretty appropriate, it gives space but also makes a statement.”
As with “Drifting,” Morris enlisted the help of Goose’s Peter Anspach for audio/visual aid. Check out Garrett Morris and company on Part I of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” below: