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Absorbed in the expansive energy of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla’s performances, it’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. It’s a unique fullness of sound that follows the pair effortlessly from the studio to the stage.
The release of EP Vol. 2 follows a bustling 2017 during which the duo played over 120 live shows across Australia, New Zealand and Canada including the Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon, just 200kms south of the Arctic Circle; a spot at Wide Open Space festival, in the Northern Territory’s sweeping central desert; and a trip to stunning Vancouver Island for Atmosphere Gathering.
From the first driving cross-rhythms of opening track Nothing to Say, it’s obvious EP Vol. 2 is set to celebrate joy as big as the harmony-rich songs themselves. First single Head Above Water stands out with its mid-noughties-tinged guitar riffs, sun-drenched lyrics and a rolling drone that begs to carry you downstream with it, while Make It Work dances between funk-infused call-and-response and the kind of sing-a-long refrain that’s been known to fill arenas. Second single Pressure is dirty, 80s inspired pop at its best, complete with palm-muted guitar stabs and a resplendent, reverb-drenched bridge that picks you up before the chorus drops. It’s an EP that perfectly encapsulates what This Way North is all about: great music, great company and seriously fun times.
The idea of home is a constantly-evolving notion for Cat and Leisha, having both experienced country Victorian childhoods; stints in the big smoke of Melbourne; around-the-globe adventures both solo and together; and, now, the nomadic life on the road with no fixed address. But one thing is evident in hearing their records and watching them perform: their home is on the stage. Whether in a local dive bar or at a national festival. This Way North plays with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band, and it’s a euphoria that’s contagious. The release of EP Vol. 2 will be followed by a national Australian tour from March - May 2018 followed by runs around New Zealand and Canada to be announced.
Big, rhythmic, spacious and saturated with summer, EP Vol. 2 will have you moving in the blink of a drumbeat, whether you want to or not.
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Dawson City Music Festival YK, Canada
Wide Open Space Festival NT, Australia
Atmosphere Gathering BC, Canada
Happy Wanderer Festival, VIC Australia
Nannup, WA, Australia
Swagger VIC, Australia
ArtsWells BC, Canada
Moomba VIC, Australia
Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC Australia
Paddock Sessions, NSW Australia
Folk Rhythm & Life, VIC Australia
Desert Daze Festival, BC Canada
Sasquatch Festival, AB Canada
Sydney Road Street Party, VIC Australia
By The Bay Festival, VIC Australia
Ballarat Beer Festival, VIC Australia
Wollombi Music Festival, VIC Australia
Night Jar Festival, VIC Australia
Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC Australia
”Those rumbling drums, that sneaky little slide guitar line... the way it all comes together to become a lush, powerful piece of music that’s so easy to get caught up in.” - Double J Radio
"This Way North brought the 'power duo' concept to another level. Groove driven, their vocal blend crossed genres and kept the audience genuinely engaged for the entire set. A great festival act which would be a great add to any event where quality music is the central theme." - Atmosphere Gathering, Canada
“Powerful drumming and lush guitar work, This Way North’s live show is high energy, groovin’-roots. With their big sound it’s easy to forgot it’s just the two of them onstage.” - Fremantle Arts Centre
Vol. 2 is a perfect example of growth and perfectly highlights a band that has grasped a wealth of genres seamlessly. The sound this band emits make you forget this is a two-piece, such is their raw energy and talent. Do yourself a favour and check it out. - Forte Mag
“Fantastic rocking debut EP from This Way North. It’s just a taste that leaves you hungry for more” - Crispi, PBS FM
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