The Northern Whiskey Syndicate

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
BandAmericanaAlternative

Songs reflecting the factories, fields, faces, failures, (and triumphs) of the industrial heartland. Haunting soaring vocals backed by the sound of the native Detroit assembly lines. Husker Du's country cousin.

Biography

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate is a roots-rock trio from Detroit, Michigan, that plays original music reflecting life in America’s industrial heartland. The group is composed of Matt Sayes, Michael Sobieski (“Sobie”), and Kevin Anderson. They play powerful and dynamic music with meaningful and poignant lyrics. Their musical influences range from Detroit’s own Motown, to blue collar rock, punk, folk and the No Depression /Americana artists.

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate plays energetically at their live performances, and their recorded material strives to capture that essence. Their music has been described in the press as “honest heartland rock”; “driving”, "REM on the roadhouse circuit" and "a darker Jason & the Scorchers telling timeles stories".

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate has maintained a busy schedule including showcases at two major festivals: The Metro-Times (Detroit) Blowout 2005 & 2006 and the Mid Point Music Festival (Cincinnati) 2005, 2006 & 2007. In 2007, The Northern Whiskey Syndicate was chosen to play Toronto's NXNE Music & Film Festival. Shuteye Records chose a song from the Volstead 33 album, "Flood Plain" to be on their successful compilation CD, "United State of Americana Vol. 3"

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate’s self-titled debut CD was recorded in 2004. It can be obtained through www.cdbaby.com/nws or by emailing the band. NWS' second CD, Volstead 33 can be bought at the band's shows or by visiting their website.

Specific groups that have shaped the band’s sound through their influence are The Clash, Uncle Tupelo, early R.E.M., Steve Earle, the Who, Neil Young and Social Distortion. Music fans to the core; many lesser-known artists including Buffalo Tom, the House of Freaks, Son Volt and the Old 97s have also influenced the group.

Lyrics

Family Tree II

Written By: Northern Whiskey Syndicate

Family Tree II

Gravel roads & broken glass, avenues to days gone past
Grandpa telling me about his war, stocking shelves in his corner store
We played baseball in the vacant fields, bicycles & fishing reels, Ithought those days would never end in the long hot summer when I turned ten.
Now all that remains are the faces and the names and photographs in their frames.

My dad worked at the power plant, high school 'til retirement, days and nights and overtime, sometimes the picket line.
40 years left him tired and spent, will I do half as well as him? He lived each day like theday before, never said much when he came thru the door. Now that he's thru with all that he said those days, they sure went fast.

Autumn hues reclaim the sky, atonement for the other tries. Mountain tops, arroyos, nights spent in the barrio. I had a shot, I tooka chance, misguided tolerance, now the weight has shifted sides, I'm uo against the fall back line. The family tree grows on & on, new leaves replace the ones that fall.

Straightline

Written By: Northern Whiskey Syndicate

Straightline

MY FATHER TOLD ME “GET OUT OF THIS TOWN
DON’T LET THE ASSEMBLY LINE GET YOU DOWN”
THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY
GOOD ADVICE IS SOMETIMES HARD TO TAKE

THE WAY YOUR HAIR FRAMES YOUR FACE
I KNOW YOU’VE COME FROM A FAR BETTER PLACE
CAN YOU MAKE OUR LOVE LAST?
KEEP ME FROM STARIN’ INTO THE BOTTOM OF A GLASS
JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS BAR ROOM
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS BAR ROOM
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS BAR ROOM
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS BAR ROOM

COLD FRONTS MARCH DOWN FROM CANADA
RATTLE MY WINDOWS, MAKE ME WONDER WHERE YOU ARE
COULD IT BE YOU’RE THE ONE?
WILL YOU BE HERE WHEN ALL’S SAID & DONE?
BECAUSE LOVE DOESN’T TRAVEL A STRAIGHT LINE
NO, LOVE DOESN’T TRAVEL A STRAIGHT LINE
LOVE DOESN’T TRAVEL A STRAIGHT LINE
OH, OH, A STRAIGHT LINE……..

Copyright 2005 northern whiskey syndicate

Trouble

Written By: Northern Whiskey Syndicate

TROUBLE

Trouble comes and finds wherever I go
I can’t seem to get out of its long shadow
You didn’t return, didn’t return my calls
But you know this trouble-----it’s my own damn fault

I had too much to drink and I got in a fight
Got thrown out of the bar in the middle of the night
I lay down by the tracks, and I felt the rain fall
But you know this trouble--------it’s my own damn fault
But you know this trouble--------it’s my own damn fault

Trouble I don’t mind, no one said life was fair, but then you came to me and said I don’t have a prayer

If you want trouble, then I’m your man
I get into it faster than a sinner gets banned
You won’t regret it, won’t regret it at all
But you know this trouble-----it’s my own damn fault
But you know this trouble------it’s my own damn fault

Copyright 2004 northern whiskey syndicate

Discography

The Northern Whiskey Syndicate - self-titled CD
Volstead 33 - 2nd release
Splice the Main Brace - 3rd release

Set List

1. Endless Hours
2. Golden State Promises
3. Hard Rain
4. Last One Standing
5. I Didn't Know
6. Trouble
7. California Days
8. Black Tags
9. Straight Line
10. Reckoning
11. Rossiter
12. Killing Time
13. Flood Plain
14. Steering
15. 6 Pack Enlightenment
16. Family Tree
17. Bootlegger
18. 45th Parallel
19. Thing's I've Seen

The set above is all original and runs approximately 55 minutes. NWS can play an occasional obscure cover, or several, mostly from 80's post-punk rock or altcountry bands and extend the set past 90 minutes if circumstances require it. Some bands NWS covers: REM, Steve Earle, Uncle Tupelo, Bottle Rockets, House of Freaks, X and Neil Young