Northern American are currently in the studio preparing their debut full-length record. Comprised of Nate Paul, Shane Alch, Augusto Vega, and Bruno Calenda, the Los Angeles quartet have started working with Local Natives’ producer Raymond Richards and have dropped their breezy single Wander. To learn more about the forthcoming album, we asked Northern American about what to expect from the record, other artists from LA, and their sound.
AMBY: Hello Northern American, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourselves to our readers!
Northern American: We are Nate, Bruno, Shane, and Augusto.
AMBY: Where did the name Northern American come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Northern American: The name Northern American just came up. We liked it because it can mean anything. It’s very open to interpretation anyway you look at it. We’re always evolving and feel like the name Northern American can always stay the same, while the music could always change.
AMBY: Your sound has been compared to the likes of Local Natives and The National. How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Northern American: While we appreciate those artists, we don’t see ourselves like that. We’d like to think we’re much simpler.
AMBY: Your debut single Wander is ridiculously addictive. How did the song come to be?
Northern American: Wander was written this time last year at our rehearsal space at the time in Downtown. We just wanted to play a song with an energy and a lot of space. The lyrics came shortly after we took a pretty wild trip in big sur. Things kind of made more sense when we got back to LA so we recorded the vocals and then mixed it with our friend Norm Block at his studio in Silverlake.
AMBY: The band is currently in the studio preparing your debut full-length. When creating the album, what is your ultimate goal?
Northern American: To capture us live with an intimate clarity and wall of sound.
AMBY: What’s the working title for the album?
Northern American: We usually don’t come up with the song names, let alone an album title until the end of the process. But there’s a few ideas floating around, I guess we just haven’t seen them yet.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Northern American: Oh man, so many. I think that’s why we all start playing music.
AMBY: Which other artists from Los Angeles should we keep our eyes on?
Northern American: We’ve had the pleasure of making a lot of new friends this year. Avid Dancer has an incredible album coming up that we just haven’t stopped listening to. Also our friends Hearty Har are in the studio recording their record that we can’t wait to listen to. Cherry Glazerr is also another LA band we’re friends with, that we’ve been listening to a lot…their albums pretty rad.
AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?
Northern American: Probably with some horn players, strings, wind instruments, bongos, windchimes, etc .. full far out experience.
AMBY: What was the best release of 2013?
Northern American: Fanfare – Jonathan Wilson
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Northern American that nobody knows yet?
Northern American: We once put a Northern American CD with 20$ rubber banded to it in Moby’s mailbox.. We never heard anything back.
Thank you Northern American, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout