Music is alive and well at Courthouse Youth Arts. With the previous 12 months filled with performances from emerging local acts as part of CHYA’s Fresh Music Nights, this year’s program kicks off as Melbourne duo This Way North take to the CHYA stage for an intimate sit down show on April 13.
The duo have just released EP Vol. 2, a six-song collection that was recorded over two stints in Toronto, Canada. The EP follows on from the 2016 ‘rootsy’ rock release EP Vol. 1, becoming a vibrant and must-have soundtrack for weekend road-trips and weeknight lounge-room dance parties. This is a good indication of the band’s steady evolution from rootsy rock to the new vibe of groovy, alt-pop synth rock that exudes from this new offering.
Within the EP, track ‘Head Above Water’ is an all-encompassing song that boasts an unparalleled guitar riff that speaks to Leisha Jungawalla’s immense skill with the axe while ‘Make It Work’ is a fan friendly sing along with a funk undertone. Second single ‘Pressure’ can be described as grungy pop while lead single ‘Nothing to Say’ is an ethereal and melodic piece that highlights the need to be still and live in the moment.
The sound this band emits make you forget this is a two-piece, such is their raw energy and talent, and a sound which you can enjoy at next month’s performance, when This Way North are joined by local acts Joni Gardner and Rach Brennan, supporting the venue’s ethos of nurturing talented young acts in the region.
The recent boost in music programming at CHYA has been thanks to musician Izzy Losi, who has been working at the venue for just over a year. She’s passionate about fostering a supportive local scene for both emerging and established musicians in the region.
“For me I think it’s nice for them to have a connection with Courthouse and see it as a positive place. I’d like to see more scope too, so events for emerging and established artists as well. I still think it’s really important we stay under the 26 bracket as much as we can – to assist those emerging artists,” Izzy says
Tickets to the event are $10 for Courthouse Youth Arts members, $15 for non-members and $20 on the door. Head to the website, or the venue to pre-purchase your ticket.
When & Where: Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong – Friday, April 13
Image by Nat Ord