Northbound talks about slugs and how they die. (I'm totally serious)

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I found Northbound on accident. I clicked on the wrong link and ended up on Bandcamp with Trigger Relief at my fingertips. I fell in love with the record and I respected Jonothan Fraser for his work. Trigger Relief is truly a gem in a sea of duds and that is admirable. Once I heard that he was re-releasing some of his previous work, I got in touch with the dude and we talked about a few things including the evolution of the music scene, what artists think of their records down the line and planning on how to be a band instead of a solo artist. Check it

Q:When you decided to add the band element into your music instead of stay solo were there any complications in recording our touring? How did that transition affect you as an artist?

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A: There weren't exactly any complications, but it requires a lot more planning when it comes to touring. I have a member from Chicago, and arranging for him to fly out to rehearse always comes with figuring out a lot of logistics. The first tour was definitely a different feeling but we locked into it very quickly. As far as the studio goes, I tracked Death of a Slug only with the help of a good friend named John Looz. He played all the leads and most of the bass on DOAS, while I was responsible for the structure, rhythm guitars, and drum arrangement. He doesn't gig with us, but he was an integral part of shaping the final outcome of the songs on DOAS. For the next release, I will have the entire band in the studio with me to play their respective instruments and contribute ideas. It will affect me as an artist a lot because I've never done a record with more than an engineer and one other person. Now I'm going to have to compromise, haha.
Q: Why the re-release of deathofaslug?

 

A: I wish that I could take credit for the idea to rerelease it, but I can't. Our bass player, Cody, came up with the idea. The original release had 5 acoustic songs and 5 full band songs. When it originally came out, it was an independent release that was backed by a short DIY booked tour. Cody and I felt that the record was not reaching its full potential and deemed it necessary to rerelease this record, in a 100% full band format. Another reason was that we wanted to widen the demographic that this project could appeal to. Acoustic music will always be a part of NB, but hearing this record with the songs converted to full band just feels right. It's almost like the rerelease is a second chance to get this record some more traction and to show people what we're capable of.

 

Q: You've got songs like "Kiss" Where you talk about attraction and the confusion that comes along with it and you've got songs like "I Want To Hate The World" on Trigger Relief which is like a fuck you to those who made you suffer emotionally. Both are emotional and personal so how did you get the courage to write about what happened to you and then perform in front of people? Why even do it?

A: I've always been the type to say things I'm thinking that other people wouldn't. I don't intend any of my songs to come off as a 'fuck you' to anybody, it's just my personal experience of what I've been through with no bullshit in between. Any honest songwriter will tell you that writing music comes with a certain victimizing property, and I am no exception. Trigger Relief is a black whole of negative feelings and anger, but it's just my side of the coin. I write lyrics that correspond with how I feel (or have felt at some point), but I wholeheartedly don't believe that it takes any courage. It takes a willingness to be transparent and not hold back.

 

Q: Do you think the punk/acoustic/pop genre will grow with its artists as they age, creating a genre that has an even greater or do you think its rooted in the angst and emotion provided by the younger generation?

 

A: Music and human beings are always growing and changing. Things will change. Nobody can stop it.

 

Q: Once a record comes out withing days of it dropping the artists get questions on what is next for their project. When you drop a record are you looking forward immediately or do you step back and focus on the album/EP? Why?

 

A: Most likely a combination of both. Most releases have at least a full year cycle for touring / promotion, but I'm always writing music. I've already started crafting what's next. The next year will be filled with lots of touring in support of the new DOAS, although I've always got some focus on what's going to happen next.

 

Interview By: Joseph Tucker