This Way North

This Way North (VIC)

Thursday 30th March, 9pm. Free entry

Hailing from Melbourne, guitar/drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin' Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller).

They first met in the north…Canada in fact; at the renowned British Columbian Arts Wells Festival. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north-side…north-side Melbourne that is…half a world away but only 500m apart. Once they'd returned to north-side Melbourne, they treated their post-tour blues by doing what all self respecting musicians do playing music and what came out was good…really good.

This Way North began as a means of finding a way back… to find direction again, and it damn well worked.

Punchy and left of centre, but with a universally appealing groove and melody, This Way North's live shows are powerful. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals and compelling alt-pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that's rarely realised by just two artists on stage.

Audiences are drawn in by the powerful performances of these two seasoned musicians. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage - that's just how it is.

The duo's debut EP featured singles 'Pretty Much' and 'Don't You Fly' with official clips directed by Agostino Soldati. Recorded with producer Shane O'Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audrey's, Lisa Miller) at Yikesville studio in Yarraville, mastered at Studios 301. The EP WAS released early in 2016 to rave reviews.

The duo's ongoing love affair with Canada saw them flying to Toronto in July 2016 to record some tracks with producer Derek Downham (Broken Social Scene, Holy F*ck). The new tracks, due for release in early 2017, have the hallmark of true alt-pop hits with lush sound and unique writing.

In recent shows, This Way North supported Thirsty Merc, played Toronto showcases and stages such as Moomba, Nannup Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Swagger Music Festival and Wollombi Music festival.