Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Comedian Adam Lazarus is just one of the many performershellip
  • Pat yourselves on the back everybody world famous comedian Stevenhellip
  • Theyre red! Theyre fangy! Theyre RED FANG! And theyre playinghellip
  • Contemporary artist Brent Wadden beautifully weaves together the traditional andhellip
  • Check out braidraptly in their new video for Fruitless online!hellip
  • LA punks the FleshEaters are back for a rare reunionhellip
  • Andy Fields interactive show Lookout forces us to think abouthellip
  • Winona forever released a new single called Heads or Tailshellip
  • Kyle Rideouts Adventures in Public School tells the tale ofhellip

North Of America Celebrate 20 Years With Gas In The Tank

Tuesday 07th, November 2017 / 14:58
By Graeme Wiggins

VANCOUVER – It’s a good time to be a music fan with a fondness for the ’90s. Not only does all of the music from said era tend to be readily available on various streaming services, but a lot of the bands — even smaller ones — are back with reunion shows and tours. One such band is Halifax’s beloved post-punk/indie rock band North of America who are hitting the road again for a tour to commemorate their 20th anniversary.

“We’re just getting into our 20th year now,” explains guitarist Mark Mullane, “Even when we did the 10 year anniversary shows we thought that was going to be it. I guess it’s a testament to the songs that we’re still able to play them and people want to come out and see us. And a testament to the fact that we’re all friends after this long period of time.”

They haven’t let the fact that the band’s members all live in different cities across Canada, or the fact that they haven’t released an album since 2003 deter them. As Mullane puts it “There’s no time expiry on this band anymore. Our last record was released in 2003. No one is expecting us to do anything so we don’t have to do anything. We can play as many shows as we want. For the 20th we thought we should do something.”

For the band, the tour isn’t about promotion, it’s more about the enjoyment of things; and there’s a freedom from constraints that tie active bands down.

“We wouldn’t be doing it if it weren’t for the pure joy and fun of it. There’s no money to be made here. No fame we’re trying to latch onto. Just play some shows, see our friends, both in the band and those seeing us play. If we can just keep playing shows so be it, that’s great.” Mullane suggests the possibility of new music, though nothing official: “If we want to make music that’d be great too. There’s no pressure. At the same time I know I still have gas in the tank and the other guys play music, and there’s five of us so it wouldn’t take much to do a record.”

Until that possibility materializes, they’ll just have fun along the way. “It’s a nice excuse to go away in November and see our old friends we haven’t seen in a long time. And an excuse to play loud rock music.”

North of America perform November 9 at 333 (Vancouver), November 10 at Nite Owl (Calgary) and Nov. 11 at the Rec Room South (Edmonton).

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Weve never really been explicit with our goals Its alwayshellip
  • This month we bring you experimental electronic music the hottesthellip
  • We made a little mix for you to check outhellip
  • The ever amazing Child Actress at Gerry Thomas Gallery
  • Your new favourite breakout pop duo Partner are bringing surginghellip
  • Were vibing to some Cartel Madras at Big Winter Classichellip
  • January 2018 issue coming in hot with partnerband featured onhellip
  • We love some angry feminist punk! You better be athellip
  • Happy Friday pals! Who are you seeing tonight at bigwinterclassic?hellip