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A Northern Drawl started as a psych/improv band in Montreal a number of years ago when four of the members (Mike-g/v, Mike-d, Tim-g/v, Tom-b/v) attended McGill University together. Stepping in to play keys is Jeff, an old friend that joined the group in 2011. His playing has added sonic depth and blues to our distinct blend of fierce guitar rock. A Northern Drawl is "both electrifying and ambitious, constantly giving their all on stage, this is a brash execution of classic rock bombast, dizzying solos, and soulful vocals. You can't ask for more" (Lonely Vagabond, 2011).
With influences like Pavement, The Who, The Verve, and Spiritualized, the band developed its own unique sound and started playing shows, the first at Rancho Relaxo in December, 2008. Since then, they have been exciting audiences with their own unique brand of rock that is "a snapshot of early 90's gritty rock and roll, weaving through My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, and the Allman Brothers...a band that rolls out spliffed-out rock like a vintage hot-rod revving up the engines" (Lonely Vagabond, 2009). A Northern Drawl recaptures and recreates the vital intensity of another time, evoking an authenticity rarely exhibited today.
In the summer of 2009, A Northern Drawl entered the studio to record songs for their debut EP, featuring songs like “Fortunes” and “There She Goes”. In 2011, "Almonds", a concert standout, was self-released. Last year, they released "Fisherman's Whiskey Blues", a fiery stomper that pays homage to the great guitar bands of the 60's and 70's.
In 2013, the band continues to expand their repertoire considerably and have been working on an album's worth of new material, some of which has been showcased at recent gigs. The new songs embody the spirit of rock n roll; losing yourself in the music, playing every show like it's your last and the energy of bringing people together. Hope to see you at the show!
True North Rock N Roll!
A Northern Drawl