Northshore – Interview

Pop-punk band Northshore have a new EP coming out in February, so we though this would be a good chance to have a chat with them about that! We spoke to frontman Dan Shepherd – see how things went below!

By Jane Howkins

You have a new EP set for release in February. What can you tell us about that?

It’s a lot closer to how this band wants to sound, our first EP was a bit of a mash-up of a few different styles as we were trying to figure out what this band was and what style complimented our abilities. This one is a lot more precise, it sounds like a consistent release. Plus, it just showcases the natural step up we’ve all taken in our songwriting and abilities, I’m super excited to get it out and show people what we’re capable of.

We hear it was recorded at Ben’s flat. How was that, and how did it compare to the recording you’ve done in the past?

Recording in Ben’s flat was great. Our last EP was recorded with our former guitarist and because of work schedules it was recorded late at night/early hours of the morning, so everything was recorded in the dark. Whereas working with Ben we had a solid schedule to work during the day, so I think having natural light around rather than being shut in darkness helped form the EP, it’s definitely a lighter release and I think that comes through in the songs.

The title track was recently released as a single. Why did you pick that song for the main single, and what can you tell us about it?

We picked that song as the main single as we felt that was the best representation for how the record sounds – the vocals are split 50-50 between myself and Ben, which is consistent throughout this new EP as compared to our last one. The sound is a lot poppier and upbeat and we just all fell in love with that opening riff from the moment we heard it. The song’s meaning is summed up by the title – For What It’s Worth is what you say when you’re about to present information or a statement to someone but you’re unsure on the importance of what you’re about to say. In this context it’s ‘For What It’s Worth I’m Sorry.’ I had someone I needed to apologise to but I don’t know if they’re going to take that apology and appreciate it or completely disregard it.

Do you have any other singles or videos planned?

Yes! We have 2 more singles (one of which will have a video) that will be released before the EP is out in February, but I can’t say what they are or when they’re out unfortunately!

We hear you had quite a range of influences when recording the EP, going from pop-punk to 90s boy bands and chart music, and across again to more heavy rock. Is this something that can be heard on the record?

I think it’s definitely something you can hear on the record, around 80% of the vocals are influenced by chart pop. The aim of pop songs is to be as catchy as possible and that’s something we try to carry through to Northshore. The writing for this EP was taking place not long after Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods had come out, and I had that on repeat so I was coming out with vocal lines that were very reminiscent of that record. We referred to the 2nd verse of For What It’s Worth as the Justin Timberlake verse as the vocals have that very swing-y RnB feel to them. But yeah for me personally when writing vocals I’m influenced by that poppier side of the spectrum whereas I think the instrumentation is more influenced by the rock & pop punk side of our scene. Old You Me At Six with Ariana Grande vocals is what we’re aiming for. Think more Broadside & Issues than Roam or Neck Deep.

What sort of stuff influences you most as a band, and what have you been listening to recently that you can recommend?

Again, who you ask depends what answer you get. As someone who writes a large chunk of the vocals it’s chart pop and 90s boybands for me – anything with a good vocal line I’ll take notice of. I’ve been into a lot of stuff like Billie Eilish, Khalid & Lany recently, so when we start writing again I’m sure those influences will shine through in one way or another. I know for our guitarist (Elliot Parry) & our drummer (Matty Waterhouse) they’re really influenced by the band Tiny Moving Parts and Kyle (guitars) is more influenced by You Me At Six, Stand Atlantic, All Time Low etc. So I’m excited to see what we can all create together moving forward.

You have some tour dates coming up soon. Are you excited for those?

We haven’t played a show in so long, I’m actually itching to get back on stage and I know the rest of the lads are. The one in Leeds is us finding our feet again after such a long absence and then we have our release show in February which we’re all incredibly excited for.

Where are you looking forward to playing most? The nearest date to us seems to be the Leeds one.

The Leeds one will be ace, but It’s definitely the release show. We’re excited to have a room full of family and friends there to help support us and close the chapter on the rough year we’ve had and move forward feeling more positive than ever. We’ve got some ace stuff planned for that show, the supports are ace and the venue is ideal. If you’re wanting to see us live, then this is the one to come to.

Why do you think people should come and see you perform, and what can people expect from a Northshore show?

A lot of energy, and just overall a fun time, we like to have a laugh and joke on stage and not take it all too seriously. Interacting with fans in a live setting is the most rewarding thing you can do as a band. It’s sick to look into the crowd and see people singing your own words back to you.

Any last words for the fans?

We’re not stopping and we have no plans to. We’re more motivated than ever and we hope the support you’ve shown us will continue. For What It’s Worth is out on February 15th so get yourself a ticket and come have a party with us in Newcastle.