Northbound take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Northbound to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music?

The Ghosts of Me and You – Less Than Jake

Best rider you have had?

As a band of our size, any time our rider is fulfilled at all feels like the best one we’ve ever had. 

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in music?

Probably the first show I ever played outside the United States. It was super surreal. 

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Definitely Stockholm, a new one off Juniper

Easiest song you wrote?

Baby’s Breath came out quite effortlessly.

Favourite song in your set?

I always really like playing Very Long List

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Max Bemis from Say Anything

Hardest thing about being a musician?

I’d say the hardest thing is allowing yourself to experience the vulnerability of being seen. 

Interesting fact about you?

I’m a hard-of-hearing musician. 

Jokes you like to tell?

Funny ones.

Key to writing a song?

Not forcing it. If it’s not coming out of you naturally, try another time. 

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

9 hours by plane to Lisbon, Portugal.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Max Bemis from Say Anything

New band/artist you’d recommend?

Really into an artist called Medium Build right now. 

Opening for this band/artist would be ideal?

The Starting Line.

Place you’d most like to tour?


Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“Cynicism isn’t wisdom, it’s a lazy way to say that you’ve been burned” 

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

I wanted it to be a singular word. I love the color of Juniper. I like that it starts with a J, like my name (Jonathon). It’s the main botanical in gin- Many reasons. 

See me live at?

A show opening for a band you like. 

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Not really. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening right now. 

Unusual merchandise?

I really want to make jewelry. I never take off my ring, bracelet, necklace, and earrings so it seems appropriate.  

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

I think a club version of Baby’s Breath would go crazy. 

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. If they didn’t care I’d be doing this in a vacuum and that sounds boring. 

X-rays or any treatments needed for performance-related injuries?


You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

100% mine. I probably overslept. 

Zoo animal that best describes your personality?

CAPYBARA. The world’s largest rodent. 


AltCorner Staff

July 4, 2024

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