We’ve been playing out various tracks from Somewhere Beautiful, the fantastic new album from California indie rock band The Northerner.
We caught up with the band to find out more about them.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
We’re a band from California with a passion for rock n roll and burritos. We’ve spent the last 5 years writing and recording our album “Somewhere Beautiful”, not because it would actually take 5 years to write 11 songs, but because our lives are busy. The Northerner is an escape from our everyday responsibilities.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
As far back as I can remember. My parents both met (and worked) at a big music store in the US called Warehouse Music, and as a kid I was exposed to a lot of music of all genres and eras. I picked up the guitar around age 12 for the first time and never really put it down. That hasn’t changed much.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
Ugh, so many. The Foo Fighters, The Offspring, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Who, The Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Sum-41, and a lot of broadway artists too. I’m really all over the place with this one.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I think a cross between the Foo Fighters and Death Cab for Cutie. That’s a weird mix, but I think it’s accurate.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
I’ve released several albums over the years under different band names. A lot of my other songs were as The Arcade Heroes and Nick in the Wild.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
All art is influenced by other art – I truly believe that. I’ve recently discovered a lot of acoustic versions of rock hits that I’ve enjoyed listening to. I’ve also been enjoying the guardians of the galaxy soundtracks again – those are so much fun.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Probably Jim Adkins / Jimmy Eat World. Their songwriting and lyrics are brilliant – their hits and their deep cuts.
What are your plans for the future?
We’re playing a few shows here and there on the west coast, but no big plans in the immediate future. My wife and I are expecting our 1st baby, and that has our full attention for the foreseeable future. We may get back into the writing / recording process towards the end of the year though.
Where can we find more about you?