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After nearly a decade of touring the country with acts like E-40, Afroman, and Gym Class Heroes, with the help of Mike Ryan (Living Colour), Down North is finally set to release their first EP, “No Retreat Vol. 1.” “We needed the time to do it right and we needed the right team in place to show it to the world. It took a while, but we think it’s worth the wait,” says lead singer, Anthony Briscoe. The EP will be released in the midst of their summer tour which kicks off at Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN. Other notable dates include Mountain Arts Fair in Carbondale CO and Sisters Rhythm and Brewfest in Sisters, OR.
“SOUL PUNK” – It’s inspired by everything from Motown, funk, and new jack swing to hard rock and pop.
Hailing from Seattle, Down North consists of lead singer/dancer Anthony “Renagade” Briscoe, guitarist Nick Quiller, drummer Conrad Real, and bassist Brandon Storms. Raised on Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke and James Brown, Anthony Briscoe combines a style and emotional impact that some are calling, “Soul Punk.” Reminiscent of Prince for his vocal expressions, Briscoe proudly steals the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing while psychedelic-jazz guitarist Nick Quiller dominates the fretboard with limitless imagination, exploring the soundscape from high to low. Bassist Brandon Storms blends slap/pop bass lines with deep synth, and pitch bent solos that parallel guitar leads while drummer Conrad Real glues together a foundation through impeccable groove and powerful chops. His finesse, intensity, and strength have won multiple awards and are evocative of Chris Coleman and John Blackwell.
Their unabating work ethic that has Seattle dancing and ranting also mirrors their writing and production style. “We’re perfectionists and we have a vision in our head,” says Briscoe.
This past November Down North signed to TKO and digitally released their #1 song, “Heartbreaker” (Ft. Jimmy James). Portland Mercury News describes the single as a, “Machine-gun funk guitar riff, marauding organ, and a jazzy electric piano break…the twin pillars of the band seem to be frontman/dancer Anthony “Renagade” Briscoe, whose talents—judging by the music video—need no further marketing, and drummer Conrad Real, who won Guitar Center’s, ‘Drum Off,’ regional competition. Soul and funk are hard genres to pull off with any sort of authenticity…but Down North seem to have it…down.”
JUN 14 — Shryrock Auditorium — Carbondale, IL
JUN 15 – The Beale on Broadway – St. Louis, MO
JUN 17 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
JUN 19 — Your Mom’s House — Denver, CO
JUN 20 — WhySound Venue – Logan, UT
JUNE 21 — 39 North Market – Sparks, NV
JUN 23 — Side A Brewing — La Grande, OR
JUN 28 — The Crocodile — Seattle, WA
JUL 04 — City of Tukwila – July 4th — Tukwila, WA
JUL 14 — Rock the Dock — Bremerton, WA
JUL 19 — Downtown Summer Nights – Yakima, W
JUL 28 — Mountain Arts Fair — Carbondale, IL
AUG 3 + 4 — Sisters Rhythm and Brewfest — Sisters, OR
AUG 07 — Musikfest — Bethlehem, PA
SEP 07 — Chinook Fest — Naches, WA
Listen to Heartbreaker (Ft. Jimmy James)SPOTIFY | STREAM | OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO



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