By Mike Dunn
CALGARY – Having made some significant strides through their first three years as a band, Calgary’s The Northern Coast are ready to release their debut LP, The Great Divide, and Beatroute has the exclusive premiere stream.
The Great Divide finds the band hitting an early peak, weaving strains of ’90’s BritPop with a more contemporary indie rock sound. If there’s a running theme through the record, vocalist Arron Crook says it focuses on the growing disconnect in interpersonal relationships brought on and complicated by the wider connections of the digital age.
“It’s about the divide that’s happening between people lately, mostly in intimate relationships,” says Crook, “It feels like our connections are disposable, like these phone apps are rotting the basis of how we make connections in intimacy, whether those connections are platonic or romantic. Pick a socail app on your phone, there’s constant, rampant narcissism on display. And there’s an apathy now, where there wasn’t so much before, where we’re not committing to anyone because it’s way easier to quit and start again, rather than look inward and take our own share of the blame. I’m certainly not innocent of it, but being able to see it and somewhat understand it is valuable, and hopefully we can communicate that feeling with these songs.”
The Northern Coast release The Great Divide on Friday, March 22nd at Broken City in Calgary. Their Western Canadian Tour sees them hit Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, and Regina through late March and early April.Broken City, The Great Divide, The Northern Coast