Thursday, 4 September 2014

The North Q&A

Your name: 
Ted Kelliher (drums).

Where are you from? 
Los Angeles, Ca.

Name of band: 
The North.

Who else is in your band?
Ryan Sullivan (vocals), Carlyle Crenshaw (lead guitar), Jamie Maguire (rhythm guitar), Dennis Harris (bass guitar).

How would you describe yourselves? 
The North is a guitar-driven hard rock band from Los Angeles, with a musical catalogue that runs from blistering riff based tunes to soulfully sung ballads. 

Who are your main influences musically?
We play a brand of rock keeping with the tradition of iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
The individual stories that brought this band together involve years of unforgettable musical journeys: miles of travel, crashing on floors, home towns departed, hardships endured; triumph and pitfalls alike. But our has just begun: Five close friends hoping simply to create the best rock music they can, for as long as they can, and to maybe reach a few people along the way.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We recently just came back from a successful East Coast tour playing some great venues in Boston and New York. The outpouring of support has been fantastic and overwhelming at times. It's a powerful driving force that keeps the band pushing forward. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
It's hard to say that any moment should be forgotten. Each step, high or low, is a positive learning experience on how to keep The North off the ground and growing. If we forgot any bad moment it would be hard to gauge our success and appreciate the band's hard work and the hard work of all the others who believe in us and help us along the way. I don't want to forget a single thing. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our songs came to be through various song writing techniques. Some were written instrumentally and vocals were added later, whereas others were written by Ryan on the acoustic and the rest of us accompanied him. But the ones that I feel represent our band most are the ones that we wrote while we were all jamming away in the room together. Songs that just become so to speak, songs like Staring At Your Picture or Pieces of the Sky. These songs sound very different, but they give a glimpse into what we were feeling as a band in that moment. Though writing songs individually is valuable, and it's its an indication of how we respect each other as musicians since we can write that way, there is something very powerful when the five of us start the writing process at the same time on the same plane. Its a moving experience.  

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? (official)

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
We're looking forward to our next big show opening for TRAPT at House of Blues in Anaheim on Sept. 22nd. Tickets will be available on our website soon!

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