Album review: “Vol.2” – This Way North 

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It’s a sunny weekend, you’re headed on a road trip up the coast, life’s pretty sweet, but you’re like, “damn, something’s missing”. Well, it ain’t your toothbrush, it’s This Way North’s new album, “Vol. 2” – duh! It comes out on the 2nd of March and they’ll be touring through Australia from early March to the end of May. It’s hard to believe that this Melbourne band is just a duo. They create such a full and dynamic sound with Cat Leahy on vocals and drums and Leisha Jungalwalla on vocals and guitar, their lyrics produce a warm ethos that takes your mind on a little vacation.

 

“Nothing To Say” sets the scene for the album with beautiful harmonies and upbeat rhythms that allow you to really unwind and become immersed in the album. A song about not focusing on life’s issues and just being present. Boy does this song become addictive though. The rhythmic guitar and drum solo midway through makes you do some serious groovin’.

The second track on the album, “Head Above Water”, pulsates leisurely with steady drum beats, enduring guitar riffs and ethereal harmonies. The lyrics take you to a sunnier place and allow you to be carried away through the stream on a beach lilo.

“Fading Out”, introduces synth drum beats, bold guitar riffs, and the overall essence is a little grungier, yet the radiant harmonies continue to flow cohesively. “Put Your Mind At Ease” is the last track on your new all-time-fave-road-trip album. It slows it all down a bit and becomes spacious with minimal drum action, to allow for focus on the smooth guitar picks and sentimental lyrics. It doesn’t shy away from being heavily rhythmic, and you’ll most likely want to roll down your windows. “Vol.2” is a must have if you’d just love to be whisked away into the Summer ocean’s breeze.

 

The release of EP Vol. 2 will be followed by a national Australian tour. This Way North will spend March playing all over Western Australia before dropping by South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland between April and May.

National tour dates:
Fri 2 Mar – Beer Farm, Margaret River WA

Sat 3 Mar – Caves Hotel, Yallingup WA

Sun 4 Mar – The Carine, North Perth WA

Thu 8 Mar – The Rosemont Hotel, WA

Sat 10 Mar – Cannonball Festival, Fremantle WA

Sun 11 Mar – Caves Hotel, Yallingup WA

Wed 14 Mar – El Grotto, Scarborough WA

Fri 16 Mar – The Basso, Bassendean WA

Sat 17 Mar – Nukara Festival, Nukara WA

Sun 18 Mar – Geraldton Hotel, Geraldton WA

Fri 6 Apr – The Grace Emily, Adelaide SA

Fri 13 Apr – Courthouse Youth Arts Center, Geelong VIC

Sat 14 Apr – Bahas, Rye VIC

Thu 26 Apr – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney NSW

Sat 28 Apr – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi NSW

Thu 3 May – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Fri 4 May – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD

Sat 5 May – Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD

Sat 12 May – Culburra Beach Festival, Wollongong NSW

Sat 19 May – Tanswells Band Room, Beechworth VIC

Thu 24 May – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC 

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