North of Eight

North of Eight

 Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
BandRockAmericana

5 piece band with a very eclectic sound. High energy live show that compliments great songwriting and vocal harmonies. Something for everyone.

Biography

North of Eight is not just an original band from the west suburbs of Chicago formed in 2009. They are four guys who came together through tragedy and triumph to make great music. Made up of the surviving members of Hagan's Root when drummer and friend Dan Woods passed away suddenly. "We felt really lost musically and spiritually after losing such a close friend and amazing drummer" lead singer Steve Peterson commented. "It took a few years to get back to a place where we felt comfortable creating again" added bass player Bob Koutek. During an open jam at a local bar Steve and Bob found themselves feeling that old spark with what was happening. "We looked at each other on stage and could tell it was clicking." After jamming together for a few months with lead guitar player Ray DiJulio, they asked drummer Matt Psenicka to join. "I really liked what I heard." Matt said. "I was looking for a group that I could create freely with and they proved confidence in me to do that." 2010 found the band adding Max Meador on saxaphone. "Max sat in at a couple shows and we all thought he could really add somthing special to our sound as a whole" said Ray. Combining genuinely original songwriting with tight harmonies and a contemporary Rock/Blues edge, North of Eight has since begun etching a place for their homegrown sound. With songs ranging from pop rock to straight folk and blues these guys are not afraid to deviate from the formula and create from the heart. Rounding out the "whole package" is a high energy live show that leaves fans entertained, and wanting more. This band is quickly gaining a reputation as explosive performers and really has something for everyone.