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Chiefs of the North / Press

"Listening to ‘Time and a Half’ on your Facebook page. I can’t help but picture sort of a modern day saloon as the backdrop. The almost honky tonk keys, the bouncy bass, overdriven guitar along with the booming vocals pull you right in. It somehow doesn’t seem like it should work, but fits together beautifully all at once. How would you describe your sound to an outsider? We feel that our music is what rock and roll was originally founded on: pure passion and excitement for music and songwriting. We like to think of ourselves as a 70’s/80’s/90’s rock influenced band with a 2012 sound. How we mix our different influences together is what creates our own unique sound. All five members of Chiefs of the North have different musical backgrounds and all of us write songs—so you can imagine what that’s like in practice. But if you still need a comparison, Kenny Loggins…. just kidding..."(continued)

“Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from. On their new album, Remember When, Minneapolis band, Chiefs of the North mature in their sound and break open the floodgates of reflection and the transitions in life. Gimme Noise talk to the band before their CD release show on Thanksgiving weekend at the Fine Line. ”

" ...a band I saw randomly at a show at 7th Street Entry. It didn’t take long to see their live energy contain the room; making me a fan from then on, and making Chiefs of the North a great new band to kick off this series with. Every time I see these guys the stage is way too small to contain them. The sound they produce takes you on a real journey, not just your average grab-another-beer modern rock band; but rather an uncommonly unique sound, like if a twisted reincarnate of the birth of rock and roll met the 90′s grunge era — when your feelings make good songs, but you aren’t whining about it, and you have the instrumentation to back it up. Dirty guitars, spot on drumming, and powerful leading vocals that emote every word with such veracity, you can’t help but nod your head off. It only takes a few songs to capture you into their sound, until you’re hooked like a dead fish..."