FEATURE: NORTHSHORE TALK UPCOMING EP
Something I’ve said for years about the U.K. pop punk scene is that it’s always thriving. Bands are getting their big break, being heard across the country (and in some cases, beyond), and others are starting to make their first impressions in the scene with solid debut releases. Formed in 2017, Northshore are amongst some of the newest bands in the scene, and brought forth a brilliant debut EP, “Alternative Futures.” Around a year and a half later, they’re preparing to release their sophomore effort, “For What It’s Worth.”
“Writing and recording the EP was a long and difficult process, we started writing it just after Alt Futures came out. We had to move studios a couple times and had to re-record the EP a thousand times over due to difficult circumstances. We had a full EP written and we ended up scrapping half of it because we didn’t feel it was good enough,” vocalist Dan Shepherd reveals about making the record, “It was a long, drawn-out process but now we’re all happy with what we have and we’re super excited to show everyone what we’ve been working on.”
In late October of 2018, the band released the title track from this EP as the lead single.
“We all felt it was a accurate representation of our new sound and what we had moving forward with the 50/50 split vocals,” Dan says about the track, “It showcases perfectly how the rest of the EP is going to sound - a lot poppier and much brighter sound than the previous one.”
Out of the remaining five tracks on the EP, there’s one in particular that has been a very significant track for the band, the opening track “Be Heard,” which Dan says he is most proud of.
“We’ve been playing it live for a while now and the response to it has always been ace,” he adds, “It’s a massive track with an important message.”
”IT’S OKAY TO TALK OPENLY ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND THE THINGS THAT ARE GETTING YOU DOWN. ADMITTING THAT YOU NEED HELP OR THAT YOU’RE STRUGGLING ISN’T A SIGN OF WEAKNESS.”
The track itself talks about mental health, one of quite a few different subjects that is discussed in a lot of the lyrics not only throughout that track, but the rest of the EP.
“The EP talks about a lot of things including mental health, addiction and relationships. This is the most open I’ve been lyrically on a record in any band I’ve been in,” Dan explains about the various subjects the band touches on throughout these six tracks, “It’s a very personal record and if anyone takes anything away from it, I just hope they know it’s okay to talk openly about your mental health and the things that are getting you down. Admitting you need help or that you’re struggling isn’t a sign of weakness. A main theme is mental health, talking about how my issues affect not only myself, but the people around me.”
The band already has a few goals in mind that they hope to achieve with the release of “For What It’s Worth.”
“We just want to have a solid release under our belts to tour with, the problem with putting a debut four-track EP out is that it doesn’t give you a lot of material to tour on, whereas with this EP we now have a catalogue of eleven songs to pick from to play live, meaning our live set will be a lot better, which means we can tour a lot more than we have been,” Dan says, “We also want to help raise awareness about mental health, it’s something very important to all of us and we want to help in any way we can to remove the stigma surrounding it.”
February 15th is quickly approaching, and with the release date of “For What It’s Worth” just around the corner, what will the band be up to next?
“A LOT more shows,” Dan hints about the band’s future, “We’ve spent the last year dormant, going through every difficulty possible and now we’re finding our feet again and we’re just excited to get out and play shows for people.”
With a fantastic debut under their belt and a strong sophomore EP out soon, Northshore has a promising future ahead.
FOLLOW NORTHSHORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA HERE:
LISTEN TO THEIR LATEST SINGLE “SHEDDING SKIN” (FEAT. CHRISTINA ROTONDO) HERE:
NORTHSHORE’S SOPHOMORE EP, “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH,” will be relEASED ON FEBRUARY 15TH, 2019.