The North Country

The North Country

 Washington, Washington, D.C., USA
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The North Country is a band from Washington, DC

Biography

Compelling songwriting and tasteful musicianship are the pillars on which The North Country stands. Over the band’s four years in Washington, DC’s freshly reborn DIY scene they’ve forged a reputation for colorful and raucous shows. Drawing initially from roots Americana music, The North Country take things a step further, weaving a vivid web of psychedelic tones and colors into their sound that are both distinct and invitingly familiar.

In an age of disposable music The North Country are built to last, with rich musical and lyrical ideas wrapped up in catchy melodies. Lead singer and songwriter, Andrew Grossman, elaborates, "I think disposability is something that we unfortunately value in our culture today. A lot of the things we consume reflect this; it’s meant to be used once then thrown away. A lot of music I believe is made in this way as well. I don’t ever want to make something that’s disposable. I want all of our music to be something that someone would want to listen to over and over again and form a relationship with."

Grossman, crafts a musical fabric that is nuanced and affective all at once. We’ve all suffered heartbreak, we’ve all feared loneliness, but the music stands as a testament it was all worthwhile; the over-arching belief being: we’re all alone and confused so let’s be alone and confused together. Grossman, along with bassist Shaun Dubick, form the core of the band that dates back to their early days as a folk-rock quintet. Fast forward three years later, a little less violin solo, a little more delay pedal, and we reach the latest, most rollicking incarnation of the band yet. Drummer Michael Hernandez drives a groove that can turn from subtle to explosive at the drop of a hat, while guitarist and resident mixing engineer Ilia Kobrinsky brings an articulate and, at-times, aggressive touch that weaves an alluring texture into the bands musical fabric. The band recently recruited alto saxophonist Jonathan Parker to the band. Parker, best known for his work in the DC jazz scene, spent a good chunk of his early career gigging in Shanghai, China and brings his unique experience and uncompromising skill to the band.

As big believers that context shapes content, The North Country are happy to have their roots planted in DC’s vibrant DIY scene. The band draws much of their creative mojo from the Bathtub Republic, the house venue, artist collective, and general epicenter of DC freakdom that band calls home base.

Lyrics

The Cross We Bear

Written By: Andrew Grossman

It's the cross we bear
Because it's getting harder to know
It's the load we share
Watching it all move so slow
It's the space between
What is and what isn't yet
It's the things we say and the games we play
That get washed away when we remember to forget

It's the faces of
The people with whom everything changed
The regret you feel
For not taking more of the blame
It's the shirt they wore
That you never returned
It's the chances lost at the cost
Of the bridges crossed and irrevocably burned

Waiting 'round for something to change
If I have everything that I could think I wanted
Then why do I feel so strange?

We're together now
But later we're on our own
She said sex was the only time
When she doesn't feel so goddamn alone
It's the face she made
When she said everything was gonna be alright
It's the face she made when she walked away,
When she walked away, walked away for the last time

So maybe you'll come my way
Maybe you and I are just in denial
Of the things we thought we were always supposed to be

By some chance I don't foresee
That we meet again
Will we be friends
Or be lovers
Uncomfortably thrust apart
Like that blood that flows from the heart
And is stopped, is stopped, is stopped
Is stopped before it starts

So baby if you come my way
I got something to say

Sharing Our Alone

Written By: Andrew Grossman

You said you always would be there
Until the day that you leave
I guess I was scared
But It was all that was there to believe
So I chose to believe

I gave you my heart
It's what I thought I should do
But right from the start
You took it apart just to prove
Just to prove, you had nothing left to lose

I kept it alive for all that I know
But love won't survive when there's nowhere to go
No, love won't survive when it's only just there for show

I'm lying awake now
With nothing to do
I begged and I pleaded
Because I thought that I needed you
But I no longer think that's true

You've nothing to live for
When you're all on your own
The cross we're all bearing
Is we're only just sharing alone
Alone, we're just sharing our alone

November Criminals

Written By: Andrew Grossman

Impossible notion
Untimely demise
Utopian devotion
Unwilling to revise

To revise
To revise
To revise

The purest intentions
A wolf in the wool
You're name's on a list
November Criminal

Criminal
Criminal
Criminal

Never There (Part I)

Written By: Andrew Grossman

Give your heart on bended knee
Smoke and mirrors, pressed to see
Silent movement through the air
When you're with me nothing compares,
Compares

Minarettes and cattle calls
Silhouettes upon the wall
Silver tongue and broken verse
Endless loop, and I'm stuck in reverse,
Reverse

I gave you everything I had
A love that couldn't die
The waxing moon of my heart's swoon
And all my peace of mind
The longing love for yesteryear
In an unabated stare
And still
You were never there

I've been around once or twice
I said it mean and said it nice
Thought that I could raise the tide
But I was just along for the ride,
For the ride

I gave you everything I had
A love that couldn't die
The waxing moon of my heart's swoon
And all my peace of mind
The longing love for yesteryear
In an unabated stare
And still
You were never there

21st Century

Written By: Andrew Grossman

There's a radio signal
Across the milky way
I can talk to anybody
But have nothing to say

I saw your face
On the computer screen
But all I could think about
Was when you were next to me

Feeling alone in the 21st century
Feeling alone in the 21st century

Where are you going?
What's you're plan?
Those Wall Street fuckers
Don't understand

Are we lost
Behind the bars
Of the picket fence
And the shiny cars

Feeling alone in the 21st century
Feeling alone in the 21st century
I got my phone, I got connectivity
Feeling alone in the 21st century

Apocrypha (Bag of Lies)

Written By: Andrew Grossman

In the guise of love
They will come for blood
With their guns so insatiably
The arguments impatiently
The bombs they burst, the way they bleed
The ardent and impatient, they are striving for a way to know

In the rising tide
Apocrypha, bag of lies
They are listening through the wires
So they sucked out all my memories
Replaced them with the stems and seeds
Of vacuum tubes 'cuz facts are useless
In the information age

We all long for the moon
But everybody's gone too soon
We are wrong to assume
We're wrong to use it, wrong to use much more than we need

They are financiers
In currencies of fear
With disease of insincerity
They occupy the architecture
Bound and gagging bone collector
Scrolling feeds and info orgies
Faith investment, paid in full

Just Come Home

Written By: Andrew Grossman

By the passing day
The innocence that fades away
The inability to say
What the consequences are

Words were hard to say
So you stopped giving them away
Nobody got them anyway
Nobody took the time of day

You think that the pain is all your own
And you're just stuck here on your own
Well baby just come home
We're waiting here for you

On the grass we watched the band
You stood in awe and raised your hand
We're just doing what we can
The world's so hard to understand

You tear your mind up trying to find the silver lining in the mess we make of everything
But you never know
So just come home

Lights in the Sky

Written By: Andrew Grossman

Don't get bored
And don't seek with greed
All that you have
Is all that you need

Lines on your face
And lights in your eye
You can learn how to live
When you learn how to die

Seem confused and confined
But we are boundless in time
Though your body may die
We are lights in the sky

Don't feel alone
And don't feel afraid
The life that your live
Is that life that you make

On our own we feel cold and alone
Our collection of fears
our complexion
Sincerely
Stating unknowingly
Overflowing in love

Seem confused and confined
But we are boundless in time
Though your body may die
We are lights in the sky

Still in Love With the World

Written By: Andrew Grossman

I don't walk with the holy men
They're just out to capture my dime
I just pray that I have faith enough
So that I can have a good time

I reject accusations of
My supposed apathy
It's just that all I can be certain of
Is my own uncertainty

The world is just so hard to know
My religion is a mantra played in stereo

I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world

There are those who will sit at desks
And will calculate their net worth
I would rather dance with the Queens of Columbia Heights
And smoke with the Kings of Petworth

I spent 18 to 25
Just accumulating mistakes
Now I practice in the bending of my heart
Just so that it won't break

The world is just so hard to know
My religion is a mantra played in stereo

I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world
I'm still in love with the world

Discography

There is Nothing to Fear (to be released 4.20.15)

You Can Never Go Home Again (oct 2012)