Head North is a statement; choose your own path. Rolling out of the Buffalo, NY music scene, Head North has repelled the forces of symmetry in an effort to create something truly unique in a genre already so empowering. With the driving force of pop-rock combined with the raw power of punk, Head North touches on all aspects of the human condition. With their debut release,Arrows, featuring the band’s original vocalist James Celeste, Head North created massive buzz, charting in over 1,500 total copies sold all across the East Coast.
Soon after, guitarist Brent Martone took over the role of lead vocalist, adding his unique gritty texture to the already polished sound. Head North released an acoustic version of their previous release, Arrows in order to help acclimate to the new change. With an uncompromising tour schedule, and an uncanny release history, Head North has no plans of stopping.
The band will be hitting the road soon (dates below) in support of the February 18 release of their Scrapbook Minds EP, and Ghettoblaster caught up with Martone to discuss the trek. This is what he told us.
What kind of vehicle are you travelling in, and what are you doing to outfit it for maximum comfort?
Dodge Ram 3500 15 passenger van. We got bunk beds and pop-tarts on 32″ rims. That is comfort.
What is the planned playlist for your travels?
Mansions, GDP, A$AP Rocky, The Story So Far, and Bayside. That’ll grow as tour goes on though.
Which of the cities that you’ll be visiting are you most excited about and why?
I’m honestly super stoked on all these cities. We’ve been through most of them before, have some friends ready to come out, and places to sleep. Probably most stoked to get to the beach though. We get six months of winter up in Buffalo, pretty happy to ditch that and go to the beach.
Which of your destinations are you most anxious about?
Probably the couple shows we get to play with Old Again and Broadside. Old Again are the homies, I’m excited to see them again. We played a couple shows with them back in January that were some of the most fun we’ve had as a band.
What will you miss most about home while you are away?What are the top three essential, must-have items that you take on the road with you?
Home cooked meals. Walmart food does not stack up, especially 26 days in a row. Gameboy Color, Trail mix, and all three Lord of The Rings movies.
Do you keep a diary during your travels? If so, is it public? Can we share it?
Yeah actually I do, sort of. You can totally hear it. Go check out the new EP. All the stories are in there.
What is the craziest thing you’ve seen on the road during this or other tours?
Too much man, be careful in Cincinnati, OH. There’s some wild shit on those streets. We’ve played some wild house parties out there. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
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Then catch them live here:
3/7 – Buffalo, NY • Waiting Room
3/8 – Albany, NY • J Watts
3/9 – Worcester, MA • The Raven
3/10 – Providence, RI • Dive Bar
3/11 – Hamden, CT • The Space
3/12 – Montclair, NJ • Meat Locker
3/13 – Bayshore, NY • Even Flow
3/14 – Staten Island, NY • The Pink Room
3/15 – Frederick, MD • All Saints
3/16 – Philadelphia, PA • House Show
3/17 – Baltimore, MD • Charm City Art Space
3/18 – La Plata, MD • Brizzi’s Basement
3/20 – VA Beach • Shaka’s
3/21 – Greensboro, NC • Raised On Shred Shed
3/22 – Myrtle Beach, SC • Woody’s Roadside Tavern
3/23 – Charleston, SC • Skatepark (w/ Old Again, and Broadside)
3/24 – Orlando, FL • Will’s Pub
3/25 – Odessa, FL • Goat House
3/26 – Tallahassee, FL • TBA (HELP BOOK)
3/27 – Atlanta, GA • Blasthouse
3/28 – Nashville, TN • House Show
3/29 – Chattanooga, TN • Cloud Springs Deli (w/ Old Again, and Broadside)
3/30 – Columbus, OH • Kobo Live
3/31 – Pittsburgh, PA • New Keynote Café)