Where: Canberra, Australia
What: Pop Rock
About: Although Australian five piece Drawing North only formed in 2009, their sound is so exquisitely, and effortlessly smooth and refined, they already sound like they could handle sharing the ranks with their influences, Paramore, and 30 Seconds To Mars. Combining addictively animated pop melodies with aggressive guitars, and drums, Drawing North deliver a spectacular performance in the studio.
The bands current EP Of Sand and Stone was released on 19th May, and, like their debut EP Vision in Valour released in 2011, boasts of a craftsmanship that has tenderly been mastered with diligent attention to detail, proving their hard work, and dedication. Opening track ‘Cardinal Sun’ opens with a fierce guitar climb, before the dust settles to introduce vocalist Michael Pogson’s velvet voice that effortlessly attends to the highest peaks then plummeting along with the attentive drums into a pit of kinetic explosions. The rest of the EP upholds the high standard promised in the opening track, and in ‘Harbour’, Drawing North show their softer side with gut-wrenching piano and heartbreaking sobs of the guitar, encouraged by the emotional vocals.
Of Sand and Stone saw Drawing North work with Australian producer Andy Mak who has also worked with Boy and Bear, Silverchair, and New Empire, and have secured slots supporting acts such as As Tall As Lions, The Almost, Relient K, as well as the aforementioned New Empire.
Verdict: Producing anthems that scream for your attention, these Aussie blokes seem like stadium material.
For Fans of: Paramore, You Me At Six, 30 Seconds To Mars, Panic! At the Disco
Standout Tracks: Cardinal Sun, Timepiece, Harbour
Find Them: www.facebook.com/drawingnorth
Words: Charlotte Owen