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Northern Whale / Press

“Northern Whale’s members — Jake Capezzuto (vocals, keys, percussion), Scott Davis (guitar, vocals), Brandon Fisher (guitar, drums, vocals) and Jake Stephens (bass, keys) — are all either 18 or 19 years old. But the act’s songwriting and polish belies its age. And with haunting, jangly guitars and soaring keyboards, Northern Whale is clearly dialed in to the smart-sounding indie-pop zeitgeist.”

“Once again, Sailor Of The Seven Seas, got fans addicted to this band. And, among many five star reviews as simple as "This is awesome!", came one a little more extensive. One fan went on to write "Sailor Of The Seven Seas is a fantastic showcase of the best of what alternative music should be. From start to finish this EP shows a maturity that bands who have been around twice as long have not been able to capture." They even went on to add, "This is a great summer album that washes over you with a clean sonic experience that makes you hunger to see the band live. There is not one let down track on the EP. It is as solid of an effort from an up and coming band that I have seen in a very long time."”

“Jake Capezzuto, Brandon Fisher, Jake Stephens, and Scott Davis form the band Northern Whale, a ground breaking group in the alternative music community that is sure to capture any indie music lover’s heart. Originally a guitar driven band, Northern Whale’s music has evolved into a holistic, rounded sound that carries the musical influences of the Vaccines, Walk the Moon, the Cure, and Jimmy Eats World.”

“Northern Whale hails from Youngstown, Ohio and released an energetic EP in 2013 called Sailor of the Seven Seas. With musical elements ranging from thundering drums, good bass textures, distorted guitars, and emo vocals delivering clever and catchy lyrics, the group draws musical influences from across the alternative rock spectrum. Highlights from the EP include “New Beginnng”, “Red and White”, and “Simon””

“Northern Whale Takes Ohio Music Scene by Storm”

“2014 Youngstown Music Awards "Best Alternative Band" and "Best Live Performance"”

“Northern whale haven’t been around for too long, but already with their newest release Reckless they show an amazing amount of potential to hit it big. This is a band that could easily make its way onto the radio and signed to a major label. From wall-to-wall this EP is filled with creativity and heart. You can tell the band really enjoyed putting this together and didn’t just feel like it was more work. This is a great little Summer-time album that just makes you want to get out and enjoy the day. It sounds like a release from a band that’s been around since at least the nineties, and each member of this band is still quite young. Reckless shows what a few people can do when they really put their all into something. Northern Whale just might take this world by storm.”


“Northern Whale is a four man, alternative band from Austintown, OH. They may be young, but they sure know how to drive a crowd wild with their music talent. They will be the next big thing. So do yourself a favor and check them out on Facebook and follow them on twitter.”

“Translating a passionate energy into upbeat and infectious alternative rock jams, Northern Whale draws musical influences from all over the spectrum and fuses them into one unique product. The young Ohio 4-piece has attracted the attention of the media and listeners with their developed characteristic sounds. With pounding drums, enthusiastic vocals, and driving guitar tones, Northern Whale sweeps listeners off their feet and carries them with irresistible indie-rock melodies. Though still early in their musical career, the musicians in Northern Whale clearly have a bright future in store.”

“For the last year, we have been a fan of the Northern Whale band. This can be seen by the simple number of features we have done on the band. Last year, we had a chance to meet the four band members and found out that they just love music and are having fun doing what they love. We also found out that this band is on a mission to make a name for themselves and doing everything in their power to do so. Northern Whale recently released a new EP called, “Reckless”. Reckless is an improvement from their first effort that we reviewed. The title track, “Reckless” shows an improvement in their writing. The track is much more emotional from other tracks we have heard from them. The “only thing you will not be wasting” is your time when you listen to this track.”

“Northern Whale are years ahead of their age. This fresh-faced batch of teenage altrockers have honed a power pop sound all of their own - no small feat considering the local surroundings which tends to pigeonhole young groups simply because of the lack of exposure to diverse music. On "Reckless," Northern Whale is consitently fresh. It's a little along the lines of Jimmy Eat World, Artic Monkeys and The Cure in parts without falling prey to honing in on any single aspect of their influences. Very well done, and definitively a band the Mahoning Vally region and beyond needs to keep an eye on.”

“When you hear Northern Whale, a world of possibilities opens up, both FRIGHTENING and BRAVE. there is something so truthfully honest that you can't help but feel alive! The unusual combination of your cooler hot older brothers giving you a nod of approval.”


“The band, consisting of Capezzuto, along with guitarist Brandon Fisher, bassist Jake Stephens and drummer Seth Donchess, has a refreshing alternative rock sound. Influenced by the likes of The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines and Walk the Moon, Northern Whale’s debut EP, Sailor of the Seven Seas, incorporates indie sensibility and catchy modern alternative with a fresh young twist. Songs like “All I Want,” “New Beginning” and “Red and White” indicate a songwriting maturity that exceeds their years, and hints at exciting creative steps to come.”

“Sailor of the Seven Seas is fantastic showcase of what alternative music should be. From start to finish this EP shows a maturity that bands who have been around twice as long have not been able to capture. This is a great summer album that washes over you a clean sonic experience that makes you hunger to see the band live. There is not one let down track on the EP. It is as solid of an effort from an up and coming band that I have seen in a very long time. Much love to the Whale for making music fun and interesting again! -iTunes Review ”

iTunes review

“2013 Indie Music Channel Awards BEST TEEN BAND and BEST TEEN LIVE PERFORMANCE”

“I like the energy and electronica element of "Simon." This is a new vocal sound and it really steps up their game. The new record "Sailor of The Seven Seas" is dynamic, diverse, and demonstrates sonically just how far Northern Whale has travelled and matured; not only in songwriting, but in execution and performance as well. The new album is an impressive production. Northern Whale ain't playin..they mean business..and business is good.”

Jimmy Martin - The Jimmyfro show

“It’s rare when your ears meet the sound or sounds that come from a teen rock band and aren’t immediately covered by your hands. Northern Whale has something to say and they say it and play it with confidence. Stellar production, boomin drums, and driving raw distorted guitars garnished with moody guitars make for an unusually solid sound for such a young band.”

“From the slower, methodical, lamenting vibe of ‘They Take It All’ to the more upbeat and indie-punk sounding ‘Ants!’, the group has a great diversity in tempo and style.  They have landed a few big shows in the Ohio area, and are scheduled for the upcoming Ballyhoo Music Festival in Youngstown, OH. ”