Jan 4, 2013
This holiday season was one of my faves. From Thanksgiving in Texas to Christmas and New Years here in the big city with the in-laws, it was just an all around great ending to the year. Except for one thing... We lost all the thank you letters we were writing for the Shadowlands album packages!
So, we started over yesterday morning and have put it on the fast track... We should be sending out packages soon.
In other news, 2013 is off to a great start. We picked up a last-minute surprise gig tonight at The Delancey if you feel in the mood for a acoustic set early in the evening. We're starting at 7!
If you take a look at our shows page, we've already got four shows scheduled for the next two months, with several more TBD. Expect things to fill up fast... We're really excited about this year!
Thanks for your continued love and support, here's to the new year!
Also, please check out this awesome vid of my dog Rio, who thinks that truck sirens are an invitation to sing.
May 16, 2012
Less than a month until the album release!
As we approach the release date, we thought we'd give you all a glimpse behind the scenes at the folks who helped us finish what we started. In that spirit, let's talk about our new logo.
Joshua Berman (joshuabermandesign.com) and I were chowing down on some sushi in Princeton a month or two ago, and we got to talking about our current project. As this is The Northern's first album, we wanted to have a way of displaying our name that could remain the same over time, so that each time the name was seen, it would denote something about the music, about the heart behind it, and it would establish a physical connection between projects, allowing each project to exist as a part of the greater whole.
It's a name, a compass, a teardrop, a lot of things that I hope will add to what someone is able glean and enjoy from our music. Check it out up top.
Anyway, I think Josh did an incredible job and I'm super thankful to count him as a friend. Let Josh tell you more about his creative process for our logo/name and check out his other wonderful work at joshuabermandesign.com.
May 4, 2012
Dave here. It's been such a fantastic couple of days hearing from old friends and new about how much our little video is being enjoyed! Truthfully, I cannot imagine a better response. In the end, it's all about the art, visual or otherwise, so to know that those who viewed it felt it is a gift unlike any I've ever received before. We Are Films is a company started by Aaron with his brother Alex, so check out their other videos (like the one for The Welcome Wagon) by clicking on their name in our video. Don't know if I'm supposed to share this yet, but next week they'll be working on a vid with Sara Watkins (formally of Nickel Creek), and since she has one of my very favorite voices in music, I just figured I ought to share. Ahhhhhh!FREAKING OUT! [sorry]
Stuart suggested I post the lyrics to All I Live For, so I guess I'll do that. It's not about what you think it's about, unless of course the thing you think it's about is the thing that it is about but that most people would not know it's about unless they already had listened the the entirity of our album multiple times. Now I'm out of breathe. Here goes;
All I live for
All I breathe for is you
You should see the look on my face
When I wake to ruffled sheets
And no sign of you
Where are you?
Where are you now?
If I had your shoes
I'd sure have pity on you
If you were me
I'd hold your hand
Where are you?
Where are you now?
I'm still a kid
Who hates divorce
So what's keepin you
From swooping down
And grabbing my hand?
So that's it. I'm pretty sure I rhymed "you" with "you" at some point in there. I should have at least rhymed "you" with "ewe" somehow! But seriously, as far as I'm concerned, passion trumps poetry any day of the week, or at least that's what I tell myself. :-)
Apr 17, 2012
We're narrowing in on a release date for the album, and final plans for the artwork and various other things are being put in place. I now have the final master in-hand and I can't wait for you to hear it! That means that Alex, Nancy, Jimmy, Johnny, Judy, Julia, Rus, David, J.J., Joy, Chloe, Nick, Danny, Meredith, Kristopher, Allie, Mike, Taylor, Henoc, Jason, Matt, James, Brittney, Forrest, and Ofelia all have some hand written letters and other goodies coming your way VERY soon. 2 months tops.
In the meantime, I wanted to tell you all a little bit about how we're going about pulling some of the stranger elements of the music off live for the release show.
Below is the my new vocal/guitar set-up. The mic on the left side of the stand will handle all vocals that use effects. In the top right of the image is the pedal board. My vocal will run into the tiny preamp in the middle and out to the big green box (DL4). The DL4 was broken when I got it, so I had to replace some of the parts on the inside. It was scary and fun. The DL4 will allow me to loop several vocal parts together and also allow me to put delay on the vocal, so that it repeats what I'm saying later on in the song. This'll be really useful on The Great Divorce, which is a weird song you probably havnen't heard yet.
The giant box on the right is the guitar effects dealio. It's really great, except a lot of the distortion sounds are a little cruddy. The little green guy on top is a great little distortion pedal that sounds awesome. It is plugged into the effects loop of the M13 (aka big black box), which allows you to set up these things called scenes that allow you to choose whether and when the effects loop enters the signal chain. effectively this means I'll be able to press just one of the buttons on the M13 to use up 5 sounds at once, meaning my feet can save their energy for getting the vocal loops sounding just right.
Lastly, on the far right, we've got an AB switcher, which will allow me to run the acoustic guitar through the M13 as well. The A output will run out to the sound board, so I'll be able to have the acoustic sounding like it's been double tracked (by added sounds from the M13) and then on songs that need the electric, I'll click the pedal again, and it will send all the guitar sounds to the amp. We've been rehearsing like crazy. Can't wait to play for you guys!
Dec 18, 2011
Good Morning, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
It’s been an eventful year for us (Jon, Graham, Aaron, and Dave) as we’re sure it has been for you. With all the changes we’ve been making and time we’ve been taking, it truly is a blessing to have the support of so many of you. In the spirit of reminding you of how amazing you are, and how we have been working to honor what you’ve done, how about a stroll through memory lane 2011?
The beginning of the year for The Northern.
I (David) sat down with the always wonderful Ryan Patch to brainstorm what exactly it might take to finish the album that Jimmy Chalk, Jonathan Seale, Jason Burger, Aaron Craig and I started now over four long years ago. It was decided that in order to finish this album project with quality, we (whoever that would be) would need to commit some very hard work, and commit a few thousand dollars that I did not have.
June - July.
The Kickstarter Project
Several good friends, old bandmates, and people who just happen to like the music logged in to Kickstarter and turned the dream of reinvigorating this music into reality. Watch Ryan’s video and see how much you raised here.
***Special thanks are due to Kickstarter backers Nancy Druva Patch, Rick and Judy Chalk, Rus Wooton, Johnny Adams, Julia Buchheim, Jimmy Chalk, David Dedeyan, J.J. Proodian, Joy Thiele, Chloe O’Conner, Nick Burch, Daniel Martin, Meredith Janke, Kristopher Haughton, Allie Andrews, Mike Donovan, Taylor Stakes, Henoc Cova, Jason Burger, Matt Bednarsky, Alex and Aaron Craig, Brittney Wilcox, and Ofelia Loret de Mola. ***
The New/Old Band
Armed with the excitement of having a nearly finished album and people who want to hear it… It was time to bring out the big guns. Aaron Craig, the masterful man who was our very first drummer and recording buddy agreed to join up on a permanent basis. Any of you who know Aaron know that his ability to bring excitement and energy to everything he works on is unparalleled. None of this would be happening without him. Next, we recruited the fantastic Canadian, Tele-wielding Jon Ho and soon-to-be famous trombonist/bassist Graham Gibson. I forsook the acoustic guitar for a special little guitar of the electric variety, and The Northern was a real breathing thing once again.
August - November.
We rehearsed. A Lot.
The Triumphant Return, brought to you by Fontana’s and The Kings College!
Debuting three new songs and two new bandmates at Fontana’s was honestly one of my (David’s) favorite shows. A really great turnout and some hilarious crowd interaction (Thanks Grace!). King's was also a great time... Absolutely wonderful people. Thanks for having us out. It is so incredibly good to be back. Catch a few minutes of the Fontana’s show here.
December - this coming January.
After getting some great mixes back from Brian Taylor and Mason Jar Music, we realized that one of the songs set for the album just didn’t match the magic of the rest, so we’ve decided to re-record a new arrangement of the song. We can’t tell you which one… don’t want to ruin the surprise. But it’s different, and benefits from the influence of a lot of great music that has come out since the song was originally laid down.
Jon, Aaron, and Graham will be laying down their parts in Jan 2012.
We’ll be finishing up the album after that. Can’t say exactly when it will be done, but it won’t be long, and when it is ready, you’ll be glad you waited. We know we will!
- Dave, Jon, Aaron, and Graham
PS - If you didn’t download it last year, we have a Christmas gift for you here.