Northern Faces

Northern Faces

"The only thing we want people to take away from our music is a feeling," explains singer/guitarist Bryan Shortell of Northern Faces. "It doesn't matter what it is. The best music makes you actually feel something. It can be any shade of color on the emotional spectrum, but that's what makes a good song. If someone can listen to our record, or see us live and be affected by it in some way, then in my book, we're doing something right."

Northern Faces, an indie rock group based out of Albany, NY, is comprised of Shortell, Marco Testa on vocals and guitar, Matt Ippolito on bass, and Mike Ryan on drums.

In early 2012, Northern Faces made the journey up to an isolated cabin to write the six stellar songs that would go on to make up their debut EP, Southern Places. "We came up with the name "Northern Faces" and rented a cabin in Vermont with no cell service, TVs or any other distractions and started writing the EP. After four days we walked out with the six songs that would become our debut EP," Shortell shares. "Although, at that point, we had only demoed the songs with an acoustic guitar, a floor tom and a banjo…the core structures were there. Soon after, we found Mike (drummer), and the puzzle was complete. Within two months we were recording the album."

Once the EP was completed, the next step was for the band to find a label to get behind their new music. Here enters Equal Vision Records, who announced their signing on February 4th, 2013. "After we finished tracking the songs for our EP, we sent over some rough mixes, and turns out, everybody was really excited about thing led to another, and after a few meetings together, it was obvious that EVR was the perfect home for Northern Faces." Equal Vision released Southern Places on March 5th, 2013, just one month after the band's signing.

Northern Faces' debut show was an opening slot for The Kooks and Royal Teeth in early 2012; And since signing have shared stages with The 1975, Say Anything, RX Bandits, Electric Guest, Civil Twilight, Futurebirds, and Heartless Bastards, and performed at SXSW and CMJ Festivals.

Following the signing and release, the band set out on their first US tour, alongside their new labelmates Pretty & Nice. Northern Faces continued touring throughout the summer, landing two prime supporting slots, first on the Say Anything Rarities and More Tour, immediately followed by on RX Bandits' Resignation 10 Year Anniversary Tour. The band is currently writing for their debut full-length album, which will be released in 2014.

"Our live shows are our pride and joy," the band reveals. "We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The stage really is our home."

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