Masterfully mixing underground rock and party-fueling soul, Down North lifts up audiences that have been craving new soul sounds from the city that gave the world Wheedle’s Groove and Jimi Hendrix.
Down North features the bold and sensual talents of vocalist Anthony Briscoe, whose North Carolina-bred approach to making fans swoon has no equal in the Pacific Northwest. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony is as stylish and emotional as Prince in his vocal expressions. Versatile bassist Brandon Storms writes much of the music, tapping into his love for everything from Hendrix to James Jamerson in making tunes both infectious and substantial. Drum Off! award-winning and crowd-amping Conrad Real and Arizona recruit Nick Quiller on guitar make the band an unusual and extremely welcome addition to the regional music scene. In addition, the band occasionally expands their lineup to integrate horns, percussionists, and backup vocalists to help deliver their dazzling grooves.
Anthony and Brandon met via Craigslist, both having searched for collaborators who wanted to write good time, high quality tunes. “I want to have a body of work… but it has to be high quality material,” Brandon notes. Anthony agrees: “The people that play in this band are excellent at what they do and we’re all here to play music for people who have been craving fresh, warm, loving soul in the midst of a chilly indie scene.”
Down North is poised for enduring success: they have been played on over 150 college radio stations, “Danger” was featured on MTV’s The Real World, and they have thrilled audiences on both their home turf and across the country, including the Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon, Fremont Fair, Oktoberfest, and the world-famous South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The Danger EP was recorded at Orbit Audio, and is available for free on their website. The studio performances only scrape the surface of what they have to offer: as legendary radio DJ Bob Rivers said, “if you get a chance to see them, do so.”
“James Brown-style funk with psychedelic guitar.”
Seattle Times 2013
"My new favorite Seattle band. Just awesome.”
Bob Rivers (KJR-FM)
"Taut, coiled groove of the best funk, past and present.”