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"WE DON'T LIKE RULES" NORTHERN GLOOM


Meet: Northern Gloom


So great to have you for our interview today. Tell us about your latest single and the impact it's had on your fans so far? Hello! Michael here.. Just me today. It’s good to be alive and even better to be here discussing Northern Gloom. Our latest release is a song called “Super Turbo” from our 2nd record “Here It Is!” My friend Clint Bolduc had a great idea for a short film based on a person losing their job and hitting rock bottom. They realize they need to take matters into their own hands and steal what they need to survive. Not an uncommon story in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. Somehow billionaires get bailed out, but the rest of us don’t get propped up when things go south. Anyway, the video takes place from the owner and the dogs perspective and it is pretty wild. My bandmate Jessica Drummer from another group I play in called “Babel Map” starred in the film. She’s amazing. Jessica and I also made another short film a few years back. She is a natural at emoting on screen and super fun to work with. This is one of those songs that we would play before the album was released and every time people were like “What the fuck is that song?! I love that one.” Someone told me at a show that they “were gonna go home and listen to it 100 times” lol. Fun fact is that the name “Super Turbo” comes from a hot sauce at our favorite local Lancaster, PA food spot called “Roburrito’s”. The song, however, is about getting high and flying above all the pointless negativity on the internet. Here’s a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q1lOww67Sk Do you get more attached to songs over others? I get very attached to certain songs. To us in Northern Gloom, our songs are meant to be extended periods of elation. Songs like “Morning Hymn”, “Today, Your Eyes” and “Lust” are some of my personal favorites because they are based on intense human emotions like bliss, nostalgia, love, lust, etc. I love all of our songs because we don’t put out music that we don’t feel passionate about. We will leave that to other bands ;D Hopefully our music will make you close your eyes and give you a feeling of hope. What makes your single and the time you spent on the music memorable for you? We got snowed in for 4 days and made this record and that was such a special time. I basically micro-dosed and hung with my best friends at Noisy Little Critter Studios in Downingtown, PA for the better part of a week. The crafting of this music really pulled the 3 of us out of the despair that the pandemic caused. It kept us out of the stupid shit going around on the internet. Crafting this music together helped remind us that life exists in the real world. The internet is there to make your life in the meat-verse easier. It’s not a place to live. If the internet does the opposite for your life, you’re doing it wrong. Any tried or true techniques you have when creating the music? When you pick up your instrument everything just flows out effortlessly if you’re truly living your life. Sure you gotta practice your instrument, but the biggest problem I had when I was younger was not living my life to the fullest. I was addicted to uppers and hiding in my apartment and I wholeheartedly expected to create some exceptionally moving art. The art never came because I wasn't experiencing the world. I tripped on LSD in 2017 at a Wire concert and that completely changed my perspective on life and writing music. I traveled across the country, went to Europe and hiked to the top of mountains that I never thought I could hike. Northern Gloom became a band within a year after that experience. I heard and felt music in a completely different way. Many writers in 2022 seem to operate in the Tin Pan Alley mindset which is fucking bleak. I don’t care if there’s a clever chorus line to sing along to in the car if it doesn’t make me feel anything. We play by our own rules in Northern Gloom. We don’t like rules.

What are you most looking forward to in 2023 with your new music? I am looking forward to our 3rd album which is coming soon! It’s the best music we’ve ever written and I am so so SO excited for people to hear it. I think it will be able to reach a more broad spectrum of people, but we’ll see. Either way Gloom will be making music until I drop dead. Anything in 2022 that you experienced that you're either leaving behind or bringing with you into 2023? The most exciting thing to me is Northern Gloom’s studio/event space “The Upside” in Lancaster, PA. We built a stage, compiled a bunch of gear and created a safe haven for creatives. Art is the most important thing to the 3 of us and we have the opportunity to help it thrive in our community. We’re also set to tour the Northeastern US in March with the help of our new booking team. We also are going to be starting a podcast to have conversations with all the amazing musicians we associate with. Where can our readers go to learn more about your future projects?! Follow us on instagram and that will lead you everywhere! Cory (Bass/Vocals): https://www.instagram.com/corypaternoster/ Brian (Drums): https://www.instagram.com/bpd_drums/ Michael (Guitar/Vocals): https://www.instagram.com/_mstipe_/ Northern Gloom: https://www.instagram.com/_northerngloom_/ Website: https://www.northerngloomband.com/ Bandcamp: https://northerngloom.bandcamp.com/ You're rad. Leave us with a word or phrase that will describe what your fans can expect from you NEXT! Surrealistic Rock’N’Roll for the soul.



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