North Til Dawn. Remember that name. I found these guys by accident one night at 2 am when I clicked on their YouTube video for “Separate”. I sat bolt upright immediately, rocked out, then watched it again. Here was a new band that focused more on melody, and singing, without sacrificing any heaviness. Fast forward a few weeks, and I now have their EP, which I wanted to share my thoughts on with you all.
It should be noted that North Til Dawn hails from Houston, TX, a hotbed of great music, and a world-renowned scene. Perfect place for bands to hone their craft. These guys seem like they’ve done just that. The EP is good, it’s damn good!
“Separate” is the leadoff track, and comes out swingin’. Expect this to be on heavy rotation nationally before you know it. It’s a great, great song. Up next is “Helpless” with an opening riff that reminds me of another band I love, Rev Theory, who would make great tour mates to this band…just sayin’. Blake McCulloch’s vocals really soar at the end of the song, too.
“Face Me” is one that’s kind of quiet on the verses before opening fire on the choruses. I’m a big fan of this kind of misdirection, so it’s always nice to hear. Coming through like a grizzly bear is “Broken Faith”, a fast-paced tune that is all flailing limbs. “Lose It All”, much like “Separate” could be a massive hit if the right DJ gets ahold of it. It’s got everything real rock fans could want, from the riffs to the drums to the vocals.
Make no mistake, North Til Dawn is a name that you will all know, sooner rather than later. If you’re in Dallas, check them out this Friday night at O’Rileys. You’ll be glad you did!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Separate”, “Lose It All” “Face Me”
– Originally published in Dallas Metal Music Examiner, July 24, 2013