Brent, Ben, Alex, and Ryan are dudes in a band…not band dudes. New York indie artists, Head North take music seriously. It is a way of life, not a weekend hobby for Brent Martone (vocals/guitar), Ben Lieber (drums), Alex Matos (bass), and Ryan Harris (guitar). After being a DIY band for so long, signing to Bad Timing Records just made sense. They have more resources and contacts resulting in the first national tour for Head North. Not sure what to expect, Head North is thrilled that they are playing each night to packed houses and sold out shows with the bands they admire.
Touring is an education. Martone is an accomplished singer/songwriter, but would like to learn more about live performance and songwriting techniques, because he is always striving to be better. After years of playing basements and DIY spaces, touring was a challenge. He explains, “It’s definitely a different animal. We have to learn how to do both. We got comfortable doing basement shows and stuff, but now we are trying to learn how to do it in a real venue setting.” The band members of Head North are excited to be mentored by more experienced touring bands, and look forward to discovering tips and tricks to being successful on the road.
The door swings both ways. The music of Head North is raw and emotional. There are distinct ballads balanced with upbeat, high energy tunes with ever changing tempos that keep the listener engaged. Each song ebbs and flows like waves on the shore, drawing you in, because it is relatable to everyone. Lyrics from the song, “The Planet” describes how life can hinder the creative process. Words say, “Dangled dreams in front of me/Keep running on the wheel/Programmed like the rest of them/To never think or feel”, showing a bleak picture of acceptable norms. While the song seems to be a characterization of abandoning your dreams to do what is expected of you, it can also be the other way around. Often reaching for the stars is as overwhelming as settling down to a socially standard career, and twice as difficult.
It works for them. Head North tells stories about real people through their music. I was instantly hypnotized by their cohesive sound and the way the lyrics fit my life. Their debut EP, Bloodlines, drops Tuesday, March 24, and promises to be a winner. They plan to tour constantly, as well as develop new music for the next collection of songs you cannot stop listening to.