In 2012, Down North had morphed and solidified into a soulful 4 piece powerhouse featuring intricate pop songwriting and talented high energy performances. Masterfully mixing underground rock and party-fueling soul, Down North lifts up audiences that have been craving new soul sounds from the city that gave the world Wheedle’s Groove and Jimi Hendrix.
Fronted by the bold and sensual talents of vocalist Anthony Briscoe, whose North Carolina-bred approach to making fans swoon has no equal in the Pacific Northwest. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony is as stylish and emotional as Prince in his vocal expressions . Guitarist Nicholas Quiller showcases his nuances and technical prowess by effortlessly transcending the instrument into a surreal masterpiece of harmonious grit and beauty. Drummer Conrad Real amps up the crowd amidst a syncopated assault of fills, stick twirls and bravado showmanship which his Drum Off! Awards prove he means business. Bassist Brandon Storms supplies his foundation that glues together the pieces with grooving bass, fat synth swells and octave leaping crunch that will “punch you in the throat”.
We want to have a body of work… but it has to be high quality material,” Brandon notes. Anthony agrees: “The people that play in this band are excellent at what they do and we’re all here to play music for people who have been craving fresh, warm, loving soul in the midst of a chilly indie scene.”
Down North is poised for enduring success: they have been played over 500 shows across the US with many colleges, festivals and venues being introduced to their one of a kind show while having received radio play on over 150 college radio stations. Their song “Danger” was featured on MTV’s The Real World, and earned great reputation supporting acts such as Emily King, Robert Randolph, Lee Fields, Landau Murphy Jr, Gym Class Hero’s, Vicci Martinez and Pimps of Joytime. Highlight performances include the Innagural Stage performance at Bumbershoot, Main support act for Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon, Joshua Tree, Festy in VA and SWSX in Austin, Texas.
DAVE SEGAL, The Stranger: “Down North—super-competent players and singers all have mastered that taut, coiled groove science”
CHRIS ESTEY, Three Imaginary Girls: “Tough enough to be Afro-punk, stylish enough to buy your lady a drink with a smile you just gotta forgive.”
CHARLES MUDEDE, The Stranger: “These cats are talented and have wonderful amounts of rocking energy. I’m really surprised it took so long to get with this program.”
“I have a terrible sense of direction, so when I heard of Down North it was love at first sound. I clicked the play button and discovered an uplifting, punk, soul infusion roaring through my headphones. This is exactly what I needed to get my day started. Seattle has grown a new addiction, this four piece band. These guys have created a genre of their own and it’s damn good. You’ll hear the influences of Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Sam Cooke within 30 seconds of listening. I dare you to not fall in love with Down North, triple dog dare you.” JEFF ISRAEL, Sonicbids
“One of the most underrated bands in the Pacific NW, Down North is tough enough to be jam-it Afro-punk, stylish enough to buy your lady a drink with a smile you just gotta forgive, soulful enough to bring the spirit of Michael Jackson into your neighborhood church, and born to make you bounce into the crowd. What I love about them the most is that I could totally see them kicking ass in an East Coast club between sets of no wave bands and noise units, bringing the heat and the heart to the art school scene. Yes, they’re that smart and that on fire.” CHRIS ESTEY, Three Imaginary Girls
“I listened to this local funk band for the first time this morning (it’s somewhere at the beginning of the last month of summer), and what’s been said about them by Dave Segal (‘Super-competent players and singers all’) and Grant Brissey (‘These guys can bring the goods’) is actually as true as true can be. These cats are talented and have wonderful amounts of rocking energy. I’m really surprised it took so long to get with this program.” CHARLES MUDEDE, The Stranger
“Christening the stage was Down North, a Seattle soul punk act fronted by a peacocking Anthony Briscoe. The band fittingly played music that, in part, tips its hat to the EMP’s patron saint Jimi Hendrix … and the band churned through its funk songs, the bass punching me in the throat. The crowd of a few hundred approved.” MARK BAUMGARTEN, Seattle Weekly
“Local funketeers Down North got my Bumbershoot ’13 off to a throw-down start with a ferocious instrumental attack and frontman Anthony Briscoe’s killer pipes.” TONY KAY, The Sunbreak
“Down North were one of those Seattle bands that became miffed when The Stranger’s Megan Seling jokingly dissed funk, but their ire was justified: Down North—super-competent players and singers all—have mastered that taut, coiled groove science that marks much of the best funk, past and present.” DAVE SEGAL, The Stranger
“Funk is a medium best experienced live. Perhaps in recognition of this, local funk five-piece Down North will record their set tonight. Will this be the band’s—or Seattle’s—Live at the Apollo? This remains to be seen, but the scant live footage available suggests these guys can bring the goods. (Check the drum solo.) Either way, dudes are gonna need a crowd to break it down for—don’t leave ’em hangin’.” THE CROCODILE
“Down North… my new favorite Seattle band. Just awesome. If you get a chance to see them, do so.” BOB RIVERS
“Funk! Without having to disguise it as soul or Motown to get me to like it? Dude sings like James Brown, with a tinge of Michael Jackson (RIP). He even nails those high-pitched hiccups—whoo! The bass is less slap and more groove. And that was a killer guitar solo right there! If this were playing in a bar, I would wiggle a little. Does this mean I like funk? Fuck. I might like more funk than I thought I did.” MEGAN SELING, The Stranger
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