Northern Whale
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Northern Whale

Youngstown, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF | AFM

Youngstown, Ohio, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Alternative Pop




"Youngstown Pulse"

“Northern Whale are years ahead of their age. This fresh-faced batch of teenage altrockers have honed a power pop sound all of their own - no small feat considering the local surroundings which tends to pigeonhole young groups simply because of the lack of exposure to diverse music. On "Reckless," Northern Whale is consitently fresh. It's a little along the lines of Jimmy Eat World, Artic Monkeys and The Cure in parts without falling prey to honing in on any single aspect of their influences. Very well done, and definitively a band the Mahoning Vally region and beyond needs to keep an eye on.” - B.J. Lisko

"Review of Northern Whale's "Reckless""

When listening to the young and fresh artists these days it’s very easy to get discouraged when so many of them out there have a slight tendency to either sound the same or sound as though they’re ripping their sound piece by piece from another band, but when you find something out there that stands alone and full of limitless potential—that is when it all becomes worth it.

Northern whale haven’t been around for too long, but already with their newest release Reckless they show an amazing amount of potential to hit it big. This is a band that could easily make its way onto the radio and signed to a major label. From wall-to-wall this EP is filled with creativity and heart. You can tell the band really enjoyed putting this together and didn’t just feel like it was more work. This is a great little Summer-time album that just makes you want to get out and enjoy the day. It sounds like a release from a band that’s been around since at least the nineties, and each member of this band is still quite young. Reckless shows what a few people can do when they really put their all into something. Northern Whale just might take this world by storm. - All in the Name of Music

"Northern Whale"

Translating a passionate energy into upbeat and infectious alternative rock jams, Northern Whale draws musical influences from all over the spectrum and fuses them into one unique product. The young Ohio 4-piece has attracted the attention of the media and listeners with their developed characteristic sounds. With pounding drums, enthusiastic vocals, and driving guitar tones, Northern Whale sweeps listeners off their feet and carries them with irresistible indie-rock melodies. Though still early in their musical career, the musicians in Northern Whale clearly have a bright future in store. - step 3 Entertainment

"Band of the Month, October 2013"

Whether you discovered this band from their previous releases, or are just discovering them now, like myself, you will want to keep your eyes peeled to them. Northern Whale have proven they have what it takes and are no strangers to creating some pretty incredible alternative style music. And, because of that, I know I can say we will certainly be hearing a lot more from this band in the [near] future. - Basement Enterrainment

"Sailor of the Seven Seas"

“I like the energy and electronica element of "Simon." This is a new vocal sound and it really steps up their game. The new record "Sailor of The Seven Seas" is dynamic, diverse, and demonstrates sonically just how far Northern Whale has travelled and matured; not only in songwriting, but in execution and performance as well. The new album is an impressive production. Northern Whale aint playin..they mean business..and business is good.” - Jimmyfro Show


“When you hear Northern Whale, a world of possibilities opens up, both FRIGHTENING and BRAVE. there is something so truthfully honest that you can't help but feel alive! The unusual combination of your cooler hot older brothers giving you a nod of approval.” - Healmyjeans

""Sailor of the Seven Seas""

" Sailor of the Seven Seas is fantastic showcase of what alternative music should be. From start to finish this EP shows a maturity that bands who have been around twice as long have not been able to capture. This is a great summer album that washes over you a clean sonic experience that makes you hunger to see the band live. There is not one let down track on the EP. It is as solid of an effort from an up and coming band that I have seen in a very long time. Much love to the Whale for making music fun and interesting again! -iTunes Review "
- iTunes review (May 12, 2013) - iTunes

"Local Teen Outfit Strikes Gold in California"

"The band, consisting of Capezzuto, along with guitarist Brandon Fisher, bassist Jake Stephens and drummer Seth Donchess, has a refreshing alternative rock sound. Influenced by the likes of The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines and Walk the Moon, Northern Whale’s debut EP, Sailor of the Seven Seas, incorporates indie sensibility and catchy modern alternative with a fresh young twist. Songs like “All I Want,” “New Beginning” and “Red and White” indicate a songwriting maturity that exceeds their years, and hints at exciting creative steps to come."
- Rick Polo, Raw Alternative (May 30, 2013) - the Raw Alternative

"Northern Whale"

It’s rare when your ears meet the sound or sounds that come from a teen rock band and aren’t immediately covered by your hands. Northern Whale has something to say and they say it and play it with confidence. Stellar production, boomin drums, and driving raw distorted guitars garnished with moody guitars make for an unusually solid sound for such a young band - The Jimmyfro Show

""the group has great diversity in tempo and style""

"From the slower, methodical, lamenting vibe of ‘They Take It All’ to the more upbeat and indie-punk sounding ‘Ants!’, the group has a great diversity in tempo and style. They have landed a few big shows in the Ohio area, and are scheduled for the upcoming Ballyhoo Music Festival in Youngstown, OH. " - Chris, Cue the Sound

"Northern Whale"

“Jake Capezzuto, Brandon Fisher, Jake Stephens, and Scott Davis form the band Northern Whale, a ground breaking group in the alternative music community that is sure to capture any indie music lover’s heart. Originally a guitar driven band, Northern Whale’s music has evolved into a holistic, rounded sound that carries the musical influences of the Vaccines, Walk the Moon, the Cure, and Jimmy Eats World.” - Style Redefine

"Sailor of the Seven Seas Northern Whale"

“Northern Whale hails from Youngstown, Ohio and released an energetic EP in 2013 called Sailor of the Seven Seas. With musical elements ranging from thundering drums, good bass textures, distorted guitars, and emo vocals delivering clever and catchy lyrics, the group draws musical influences from across the alternative rock spectrum. Highlights from the EP include “New Beginning”, “Red and White”, and “Simon”” - Modern Rock Review




Back in September, The Indie Sound had the opportunity to cover Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus’ arena district. The festival opened so many doors for us and we were able to meet many talented musicians that still resonate with us to this day. On the first day as I walked through the crowd to discover new bands, one stood out the most. A small band from Youngstown, Ohio was doing a sound check on the Jagermiester stage playing none other than Walk The Moon‘s “Quesadilla”. The band recently revamped their overall sound with their new single titled “Deep”. The track shows us both an old side and a new side of the group. Northern Whale still sticks to its roots while straying to another style. Capezzuto’s unique vocal style flows smoothly alongside a foot-tapping drum beat and a summer-esque guitar lick. Once the chorus comes in, the trumpets do too giving the track more good vibes and happiness that surrounds it as a whole. - The Indie Sound


Until I'm Found - 2018
The Flawed Album - 2015
Reckless EP - 2013
Sailor of the Seven Seas EP - 2013
Anyway... EP - 2011
Northern Whale EP - 2010



After releasing 4 EPs from 2011-2013, releasing their first full-length LP in 2015, and releasing their most successful single to date in 2016, and their most anticipated release to date in 2018, Northern Whale has been on a roll since their inception back in 2008 with an average age of just 13.

Since then, Northern Whale has performed in various venues around the country such as House of Blues and Hard Rock Café in Cleveland, OH, Nationwide Arena District for the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY, Freemont Street and The Linq in Las Vegas, NV, and House of Blues, Sunset Gower Studios, and Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, CA among other places.

Northern Whale has also had the opportunity to share the stage with several famous acts like St. Vincent, Awolnation, Ludacris, Young The Giant, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Bahamas, Andy Grammar, Lights, Attack Attack, The Devil Wears Prada, Machine Gun Kelly, Michael Stanley, Foxy Shazam, Bootsy Collins, Zach Myers (Shinedown), Bully, Spoon, Milo Green, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, ZZ Ward, Allen Stone, Rachel Platten, Soja and Vesperteen.

As far as Northern Whale’s musical style, it has evolved and matured just as the band members have themselves. The instrumentation is diverse and creative, with lyrics much deeper and thought provoking that can strike a chord on any average music goer’s heartstrings.

The most successful release from the band by far, “DEEP”, has garnered around 200,000 plays on Spotify and continues to serve as a crowd favorite during their live set. "SUSHI" by the band, a single released June 2017, has also started to take off quickly.

Their latest full length album, "Until I'm Found", is a project a few years in the making. It was meticulously crafted to be the best possible product it could be, and this is apparent in the music. This is a project well beyond the band's years and has the ability to resonate with the masses.

Band Members