The Charter North

The Charter North

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Rocking with the intensity of Jimmy Eat World, Hey Mercedes, Foo Fighters and Taking Back Sunday, but retaining the ability to sing you to sleep while lulling you into the personal chapters of their continuing story.

Biography

Celebrating their second year as a band, The Charter North have a lot to celebrate indeed. Fresh from the coveted Gallery of Carpet Studios in Chicago (the Hush Sound, the Academy Is…), the band has just wrapped up mixing and mastering with producer Brian Zieske.

Veterans to the indie rock scene, The Charter North have shared stages with: Planes Mistaken for Stars (No Idea Records), The Matches (Epitaph Records), Spitalfield (Victory Records), The Fold (Tooth N Nail Records), 1090 Club (Sidecho Records), The Forecast (Victory Records), Down to Earth Approach (Vagrant Records), Moros Eros (Victory Records), Scatter the Ashes (Epitaph Records), Scouts Honor (No Idea Records), Socratic (Drive Thru Records), Day at the Fair (Drive Thru Records), June (Victory Records), New London Fire (Eyeball Records), Voodoo Blue (DCide Records), as well as Fire When Ready (Art Injection Records), and many more. The Charter North looks forward to hitting the road again in support of their new full-length, simply titled: Chapters.

The Charter North has been a long time coming. Members of bands together in the past, bassist Nate Hawksworth, and singer Rob Applegate founded the group. Lead guitarist Chris Howard, and drummer Robert Temples rounded out the band, however, Temples quit shortly after their first tour. Quickly replaced by John Smithers (Hawksworth and Applegate’s former band-mate), the band was complete.

The new album, Chapters, chronicles an 18 month period in singer Applegate’s life. The album is sure to stand out from that of their peers, covering unique subject matter like; catching a lover red-handed with another man, a celebration of Applegate’s sister’s amazing life, the hardships of an independent business, as well as providing a look in the mirror for people unsure of where their life is going.

The Charter North weren’t alone in making the album, having called on Jared Grabb of Scouts Honor, and Shannon Burns of the Forecast. The longtime friends were more than happy to help with gang vocals on rocking tracks like “Proud”, “We Should Have Known”, and “Where Do You Want to Be”. Burns lends her voice again on the tender “Home”, while guest vocalist Carolyn Shima contributes the voice of the antagonist on the broken hearted “On Windshields”.

With Chapters on the horizon, The Charter North is a band to be reckoned with .

Lyrics

Chapters

Written By: Applegate

Well I would cut your throat
Just to watch your wounds heal
You've made a fool of me
For the last time

Im speaking in chapters now
This is the only way you'll ever hear my voice
Directed to your name

I hope that you're better now
I hope that your new life
Is treating you so well

Im stealing lines from letters I could never send
Im writing halfway hoping you'd read them through the ends

When you left us
With out a reason
Or an explanation why

I really think this
Is as close as I can get
To forgiving you

Im stealing lines from letters I could never send
Im writing halfway hoping you'd read them through the ends

On Windshields

Written By: Applegate

Rain falls on a windshield
Warm breath through the cold air
"How longs it been since you spoke to him?"

She said, I lied in the front seat
your eyes held tightly, to me,
"It's been going on for three months"

'Then I guess, we're done'

Wake up, wake up
I can't stand, you're sceaming

Wake up, wake up
What are you dreaming

Hands sweat as I look for words
Tears bead on your cheek, roll downwords,

"Tell me how long, have you known?"

Where Do You Want To Be

Written By: Applegate

We've got a long, long ways to go
Like the sunset behind our backs
Stabbing us, in stereo

We plead, please dont leave
This day is not over
Not ready to end and were singing

Were singing, were singing
( tell me, tell me)
Were singing, were singing

Where do you want to be (in ten years time)?
Where do you want to be ( when this is done)?
Where do you want to be ( your life is calling you)?
Where do you want to be ( what are you going to do)?

I hope this letter finds you well
Halfway between satellites
and funerals you'd attend

We plead, please dont leave
This day is not over
Not ready to end and were singing

Were singing, were singing
( tell me, tell me)
Were singing, were singing

Where do you want to be (in ten years time)?
Where do you want to be ( when this is done)?
Where do you want to be ( your life is calling you)?
Where do you want to be ( what are you going to do)?

Discography

The Charter North EP - 2005

Radio Stations that play our music:
99X- Peoria
105.7 - Peoria
95.5 - Peoria

Colleges that play our music:
Illinois State University
Eastern Illinois University
Bradley University

Set List

We Should've Known
Where Do You Want To Be
Untitled
Life Of The Party
Proud
Home
Questions
Chapters
Nearly Asleep - When we play our hometown

Our set is usually between 25-45 minutes.