DEBUT ALBUM ‘MODERN PHENOMENA’ OUT JUNE 1ST ON HEIST OR HIT RECORDS
“It builds up from layers of chiming guitars and ruffled-feather percussion, evolving gradually into a Brit-pop splashed piece of shuffly dream-pop.” – The Line of Best Fit
“California hit-makers in waiting” – Clash
“They come from Los Angeles, produced by Raymond Richards, and sing a bit like James Mercer of The Shins” – Les Inrocks
“The breezy pop-tinged brilliance of their LA peers Local Natives, and the downplayed dramatics of US stalwarts The National” –Notion
“A near-perfect tune for those late night drives no matter where you are in the world.” – The 405
Los Angeles quartet Northern American have announced their debut album, Modern Phenomena, which will arrive May 18 on Heist Or Hit Records – pre-order here – and premiered the video for the single, “Elysian”, via Les Inrocks. The follow up to the band’s 2013 EP Happiness Hungover, was recorded at Red Rockets Glare studio in Santa Monica with producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Local Natives/Avi Buffalo/Islands). There is a natural energy that flows from Northern American, capturing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Los Angeles landscape through which all these lives intertwine.
Nate Paul (guitar/vocals) and Shane Alch (keys) met in high school, immediately finding a kinship in their common love of music. The two moved to Los Angeles, joining forces with Augusto Vega (bass) and Bruno Calenda (drums), setting up a studio in Chinatown, writing and rehearsing nearly daily ever since. Whilst most artists have their own roles to play within their band, Northern American is a fully collaborative project with all band members contributing lyrics, melody, and rhythm to the process. The four began performing regularly and built a loyal local following in the City of Angels, with tastemaker blog, Buzzbands.LA stating, “There’s a new rock quartet in town whose sophisticated pop may include your breezy summer melody.”
Happiness Hungover caught the ears of Heist Or Hit Records in the UK, who released the single “Wander” in 2014, which garnered airplay on BBC6 Music and Amazing Radio, and led CLASH magazine to call the band, “California hit-makers in waiting. Sun kissed songcraft designed to soundtrack a late night drive down the Sunset Strip.”
With Modern Phenomena, Northern American have found an organic, shimmering sound, that glows like the lights of Los Angeles, looking down upon the city from the San Bernardino Mountains. The band will introduce their album to audiences at this year’s SXSW Music Conference, kicking off a Spring of soon to be announced Los Angeles dates, with North American and UK/European tour dates in the works for this summer.
Modern Phenomena track listing:
01. Feel Like Whatever
02. So Natural
03. Modern Phenomena
04. Somewhere Out There
06. Days Between
07. You Remind Me
08. Strange Behavior
09. Nothing Personal
‘mathy melodies, slick licks and funky percussion’ – Spindle Magazine
Up-and-coming indie-dance quartet Native People present ‘What You’re Looking For’ as a free download ahead of their debut EP ‘Tapes’, set for independent release on 25thMay.
The band’s previous efforts have been widely praised, with their first single, ‘Calm Forever’ being highlighted as BBC Introducing’s ‘Record of the Week’ and Amazing Radio’s ‘Discovery of the Week’, while its follow up, ‘ONE’, received multiple plays on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6Music radio show.
Despite their youth, Reuben (21), Luke (20), Connor (18) and Hudd (18), masterfully craft songs well beyond their years, citing a wealth of influences and drawing impressive comparisons to acts such as Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Friendly Fires. The band cite their own influences on this record as Theme Park, The 1975, and Bombay Bicycle Club, married with an effort to capture that much-loved 80s vintage sound.
Already sporting a strong live following, which has seen them support acts such as Mausi, Jaws, and Dave Rowntree of Blur on tour, Native People also played a sold-out show at KOKO for Club NME last September.
They return to the live fore to play an electric EP launch at Barfly this May, along with performing at Spindle Magazine’s stage at The Great Escape, kicking off a summer that’s bound to hold big things for these talented newcomers.
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