KHTS AM 1220's Local Artist Spotlight: 28 North
28 North is a four member, alternative rock outfit hailing from Acton composed of Michael Lindner on vocals, Taylor Netzler on guitar, Tyler Bond on drums, and Mark Glinka on bass.
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The band formulates a sound that brings a contemporary edge to classic rock. 28 North cites Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Jet as their main source of influence and attribute the idea behind their name to a street in Pennsylvania. They formed in 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
28 North was a band in the lineup at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas and the CMJ festival and played shows alongside Young the Giant, TV on the Radio and My Morning Jacket. They recently signed to Red River Records / Sony Red / Bob Franklin Entertainment and work with legendary manager Jerry Heller who brought exposure to Elton John and represented Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, and Journey.
Their music features heavy, intoxicating riffs in the vein of Kings of Leon, and a compelling stage presence. Their music fits itself into the contemporary modern rock niche, yet noticing the undertones of classic 70’s rock in their music is completely unavoidable.
Musicality-wise, 28 North demonstrates considerable range with the softer ballad “Call Me Up;” contrasted with heavy-hitting tone of the track “World On Fire.” In their own league, their classic quality caters to a wide range of ages as well.
“We’re timeless and our sound is and universal,” said Lindner. “We have people of all ages listen to our music and we don’t want to limit our sound so only a certain group of people can like it. ”
Their new album “World On Fire” is produced by Gavin MacKillop (Echo and the Bunnymen, Sugarcult) and is set to be released in March 2014.
“Our new album is produced at a higher level and is sonically where we want to be. We’re incredibly excited for this record,”said Lindner.
Their sound also features multiple influences ranging from indie rock to heavy rock and is jarring and genre-defying. Lindner explains its due to the wide variety of backgrounds from each member of the quartet.
“We have a drummer who is really into indie rock and the band Fleet Foxes and that sort of music and then another member is into Rage Against The Machine,” said Lindner. “So when you incorporate all those different influences into a singular sound, you get 28 North.”
Their stage presence is equally as unique and compelling and features shredding, infectious guitar work and an audacious boldness that matches their inimitable sound likened to Journey.
“We’re the stadium rockers for this decade and who’s done that lately?” said Lindner.
28 North was featured on KHTS’ Friday Matinee with George Cummings and T. Katz, to listen click here.
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