There are three new Of the North videos after our last gig, which was March 14th at the Up and Under on Brady St. Oh, and there are two bonus videos of the Echelon String Quartet performing some of my arrangements as they opened up for us! We had the full 7-piece band, now including Tyson on additional percussion, and we even closed the show with two Of the North songs that I arranged to include quartet. Read the rest of this entry »
Of the North performed at Art Bar last night debuting several new songs and several new instruments. I constructed a bass drum out of an old accordion case and a bass drum pedal. It worked really well live though it was pretty low in the overall mix. I didn’t mind it being a bit quiet because it was a brand new addition anyway, so it’s not like anything was missing. Additionally, the bass drum was really audible on or near the stage which helped keep the band in tempo together really well. I do plan on dropping a piezo pickup in there for the next gig though.
Kevin, who normally plays guitar, also played mandolin on a few songs which I thought sounded fantastic. There was a lot of good feedback on the addition of the mandolin, so I think that’s something we’ll look to incorporate more and more.
This last New Year’s Eve Eve Of the North played a gig at Tonic Tavern with Pay the Devil. The show was absolutely amazing with a great turnout, a receptive audience, and a really fun opening act. This was my first show with the full band and it couldn’t have gone any better. Read the rest of this entry »
Of the North will be playing at Tonic Tavern on Dec 30th at about 8 pm. This’ll be my first gig with the full band (bass, additional vocals, and trumpet) so that’s exciting! I also have revised most of my cello parts and will be showing off a bit more. The show is free and Pay the Devil, a Milwaukee bluegrass band will be opening for us. I’m sure there’ll be a video or two posted once the show is done, but please come out and watch the whole show.
Of the North began recording a 5 song EP over the weekend. I laid down cello tracks on Sunday morning, and everything is sounding great. Expect the fully mixed and mastered EP within the next couple of weeks!
Way back in high school I recorded a cello track for a friend’s punk band. I really enjoyed the song and recording this was one of my first experiences in a real sound studio. I’ve had the mp3 in regular rotation at home for a long time now, but only recently did I find the song online (and subsequently found out what the track’s actual title is). Anyway, hear my cello contribution to “My Conclusion” on Every Day Use’s Last FM page »
I joined Of the North, a Milwaukee based folk band on cello! The band has played a handful of shows at the Milwaukee Public Market, Art Bar, and a few other venues. They have a 3-song EP currently recorded and are looking to record a full CD this Fall. I hope to use the versatility of the cello to add to their overall sound, and am greatly looking forward to performing again.
A custom playback unit coded in PD combined with a cello, a used speaker, and one home-built transducer all came together for this piece. It’s terribly unfortunate that I lost the majority of the working code for this project before securing a recording Luckily, I was able to find this recording of a test run.