This Way North and Old.Soul.Rebel
August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
This Way North
Punchy and left of centre, but with a universally appealing groove and melody, This Way North’s live shows are powerful. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals and compelling alt- pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage. Audiences are drawn in by the powerful performances of these two seasoned musicians. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage – that’s just how it is.
Recorded with producer Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audrey’s, Lisa Miller) the duo’s 2016 debut EP featured singles ‘Pretty Much’ and ‘Don’t You Fly’ with official clips directed by Agostino Soldati, and was followed by shows with Thirsty Merc, as well as Toronto showcases and festivals such as Moomba, Nannup Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Swagger Music Festival and Wollombi Music festival.
The duo’s ongoing love affair with Canada saw them flying to Toronto in July 2016 to record with producer Derek Downham (Broken Social Scene, Holy F*ck). During these Toronto sessions they produced their latest single ‘Head Above Water’ a driving track that has superb thick reverb slide guitar guiding the dreamy melody over pulsating drums. The two’s vocals blend beautifully through the hypnotic lyrics and from this, evokes long summer days spent by the water having a break from the world. The song is about society’s quest to try and live in the present within the constant crazy pace of the modern day world.
The video for ‘Head Above Water’ was shot at a recent fundraiser for the outdoor education group Mittagundi up in the remote Glen Valley in the Australian Alps. The video, edited by Agostino Soldati and shot by Jerun Terlaak, combines stunning footage of the high country and captures the beauty of being present during river floats, time with mates and live music. It is a beautiful representation of the song, its journey and meaning.
“Named one of 11 best new bands across Canada in 2016” (CBC Radio)
“Amazing new local band. Will make you think of Alabama Shakes in the best way possible.” (Andrea Warner, CBC Radio)
“Chelsea Johnson is truly one of the most talented singers Vancouver has ever been blessed with” (vanmusic.ca)
Based out of Vancouver B.C, Old.Soul.Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. Often accompanied by famed drummer, Kenan Sungar, they offer a raw blend of original soul music and bad ass rock n roll. Formed in August of 2015, OSR has graced many stages across North America in there short year together. They have been a regular feature on CBC radio, CKUA Radio, Whistler FM, Vancouver Coop Radio and Victoria Campus Radio. They have shared stages with renowned talents Iskwe, Aida Victoria, Rae Spoon, Kinnie Starr, No Sinner, Pack A.D