In their short two-year existence, Head North have already shown their ability to challenge themselves and elevate their sound. After self-releasing a championed pop-punk EP with Scrapbook Minds in 2014, the band headed out on a DIY tour with A Will Away, and the bands released a split together that following summer.
The two songs Head North deliver on the split bring them another step above prototypical pop-punk. Trading the hardcore-tinged guitars of their first EP for a smoother sound, the band swings between the pop-punk fury of The Story So Far and the dynamic songwriting prowess of Manchester Orchestra.
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Head North has used their indie-influenced pop-punk to break out of the local scene and demand the attention of a national audience. Packing in sentiments as big as their sound, the band hits home with walls of guitars lines, frenetic punk rock drums and an emotional complexity behind their lyrics. Singer Brent Martone hits raspy notes of anger and sadness, knowing when to shriek and when to soften, adding a layer of versatile energy to back up his passion. The band’s growth will only become more apparent on an upcoming six-song EP, which will be released via Bad Timing Records in the spring of 2015.
With two releases and a full U.S. tour under their belt, 2014 has been the first "Year of Head North." Their partnership with Bad Timing Records, alongside a spring tour with Have Mercy, hint that 2015 will be another huge step forward for this young and passionate band. Bloodlines is out on March 24th.