Hailing from Melbourne, guitar/drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin' Wheel). They first met in the north...Canada in fact; at the renowned British Columbian ArtsWells Festival. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north-side... Melbourne that is...half a world away but only 500m apart. A few post-tour blues jams lead to something good...really good.
This Way North began as a means of finding a way back... to find direction again, and it damn well worked.
Punchy, left of centre, with a universally appealing groove and melody. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals, live looping and compelling alt-pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and Ainslie Wills, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage.
Their playful, yet deep connection, with each other, and the audience, reels people into their on-stage world.
This Way North released their first EP, recorded and produced by Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audrey’s, Lisa Miller) at Yikesville studio in Yarraville, in early 2016.
In July 2016, the duo’s ongoing love affair with Canada took them back to Toronto where they recorded with producer Derek Downham (Broken Social Scene, Holy F*ck). He pushed the pair in a direction they couldn’t have predicted.
The new tracks, released early 2017, have seen This Way North make serious waves in the industry, gaining excellent reviews and national radio play, including rotation on Double J and ABC RN.
‘Head Above Water’ is a driving track that has superb, and thick reverb slide guitar, guiding the dreamy melody over pulsating drums.
‘Pressure’ is reminiscent of an 80’s teenage anthem, an alt-pop gem, dripping with lush guitar tracks and tight synth-like drumming.
This Way North have been touring almost non-stop since the start of 2017. Covering many miles across Australia and NZ’s major cities. Playing festivals such as Wide Open Space (Alice Springs) and supporting Blues Fest band Turin Breaks (UK) in a sold out show at The Newtown Social Club in Sydney.
This Way North’s live show leaves audiences with something powerful and different. Make up your own mind.