It’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create a uniquely full, expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage.
2017 was a huge year for the duo. With over 120 live shows across Australia, New Zealand and Canada, This Way North wove their magic for audiences from the Yukon, just 200kms south of the Artic Circle, to the Northern Territory’s sweeping central desert and the geysers of Rotorua.
Lead single ‘Nothing to Say’ sets the tone for this new EP, with it’s driving cross-rhythms and harmony-rich vocals. Ethereal yet upbeat, the song captures the essence of wanting to just be still and unwind, of waking up in the morning and getting out of your head. ‘Head Above Water’ takes a different turn, featuring mid-noughties-style guitar riffs, sun-drenched lyrics and a rolling drone that begs to carry you downstream with it. In contrast, ‘Make It Work’ will have you up and dancing to funk-infused beats and the kind of sing-a-long refrain that’s been known to fill arenas. With ‘Pressure’ This Way North call up some feel good dirty pop vibes, complete with muted guitar stabs and a sweet soaking of reverb. Vol 2. perfectly encapsulates what This Way North is all about: great music, great company and seriously fun times.
Currently of no fixed address, country girls Cat and Leisha are enjoying life on the road, but one thing is evident their sound: their home is on the stage. Whether in a local dive bar or at a national festival, This Way North plays with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band, drumming up a contagious euphoria. Big, rhythmic, spacious and saturated with summer, EP Vol. 2 invites you to turn up the volume and let loose.
The release of EP Vol. 2 will be followed by a national Australian tour. This Way North will spend March playing all over Western Australia before dropping by South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland between April and May.