North of Grand

North of Grand


North of Grand is a rock band from Iowa that plays loud, catchy power-pop. NOG's focus is on writing memorable 2-3 minute rock anthems and playing them with passion.


Iowa-based rockers North of Grand have released their sophmore effort on The Tyros Label. "Attention to Revenge" features 12 quick-hitting songs - filled with melodic hooks and bouncing rhythms. NOG's second album is more of the same tight, punk-influenced pop displayed on 2003's "Wrong Way Home", but with stronger song writing, production, and focus.

North of Grand formed in March 2003 - when three members of Des Moines post-punk quartet "The Miltons" left the group to start something new. The decision has paid off. Sean Wilson (vocals, guitar), Dan Ketelsen (bass), and Pat Curtis (drums, backing vocals) have created two albums full of catchy, raise your fist in the air rock. The power-trio also puts on an eye-and-ear popping live show, moving quickly from song to song - leaving an audience with little time to catch their breath.

North of Grand has spent a good deal of time touring since 2003. They have made multiple stops in the following cities; Minneapolis, Fargo, Lincoln, Omaha, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Louisville...just to name a few.

The name "North of Grand" comes from the area in Des Moines where the band frequents bars that line Ingersol Avenue (just north of Grand Avenue). It's a blue-collar, no nonsense neighborhood that is reflected in the band's straight-up, no apologies style of rock n roll.

For Fans of: The Ramones, Devo, Groovie Ghoulies, Social Distortion, Weezer, House of Large Sizes, Alkaline Trio, Ultimate Fakebook, Screeching Weasel, Queens of the Stone Age.


"Attention to Revenge" (12 song CD) - May 2005
"Wrong Way Home" (8 song CD) - Dec 2003

Set List

North of Grand is capable of three 45 minute sets, which would include several cover tunes (listed below). However, most venues we play only require one 30-45 minute set.

typical 35-40 minute set - song list:
Get It
Consider Yourself
Highway Man (Groovie Ghoulies cover)
Watch it Go
Long Ago
If You're Able
This Is Started

Some of our cover tunes:
Don't Bring Me Down (ELO)
I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol)
Squeeze Box (The Who)
Overkill (Men at Work)