All-out melodic hardcore at its finest is tinged with sadness and reflection upon the release of the debut EP of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, band Northern Remains.
Having originally started out back in 2014, the band went through various line-up and name changes before rebranding and finding their true identity in February 2017. They set about writing their debut EP but tragedy struck with the death of vocalist Cory Robson, who wrote the lyrics for their EP, in July 2017 at the age of just 20. Now, two years later, the band have just released the record, which goes out in Cory’s memory and to everyone affected.
As a result, the quintet of Paul Frisby (vocals), Aaron Combs and Steven Reid (guitars and vocals), Nick Simay (bass) and Jon Ganshiemer (drums) say Northern Remains feels like more than a band to them, rather “A family, a way of life.” And that comes across in the intensity and emotion of debut EP Ten Years.
It opens up with a big smash of guitars and pounding drums in the intro to Adolescence, then Paul’s screamed vocals take over alongside driving drums and drawn-out guitars. The pace suddenly drops, giving way to a big singalong chorus that ends on a big scream and powerful guitars. Give it a listen below:
The band sent us fourth track The Collapse as an introduction to their music, which portrays the band’s ability to mix the heavy and dark with melody. It dives straight into heavy vocals over driving guitars and drums in an intense opening. Echoey high-pitched guitars are answered by booming chords to lead into a lively pre-chorus, then a brief pause gives way to more melodic vocals “With every stone thrown away, The weight on my heart grows, My neck is slowly breaking, The light is slowly fading, Dear God take the weight away.”
Screamed vocals immediately take over, ending on repeated cries of “I’ll never see you again” over booming guitar chords and high-pitched repeating guitars, which drop into another chorus. The pace then drops with light guitars, before building up again with gruff screamed vocals “I’m sorry, You should have listened, You kept me distant.” Another chorus takes over to bring it to an end.
We spoke to Aaron to get the lowdown on this exciting new band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Northern Remains?
AC: “Northern Remains is a Post Hardcore/Melodic Hardcore band from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The majority of us played in previous projects before but nothing to be taken serious. This group specifically started in 2014, but due to numerous line-up changes and the death of our original vocalist Cory Robson. It was a set back for us to try and get back on our feet.
GR: You just released The Collapse and your debut EP Ten Years. What should people be expecting?
A: “The inspiration instrumentally, for The Collapse is taken from bands like Counterparts and some Capsize songs as well. The song is a huge volatile cocktail of emotions, from anger to depression, and just overall breaking down and giving up.
“The lyrics, along with the rest of the EP, were written by Cory before his passing. So it’s important for us to get his story out.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
A: “Our sound is a good blend between the heaviness of Hardcore with some pop-punk influence and melodic hardcore. You get the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, so still getting that bite and punch, and just pure emotion while still being able to slow down and really show the fragile side of the song.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
A: “We write our music based on what’s going on in our daily lives. but we try to bring out the raw and unfiltered subconscious thought of the topic, and hopefully relating to someone else’s situation as well. Our newest EP happens to be centered around suicide, and depression and divorce, which happens to be an unfortunate part of our lives.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
A: “We take huge influence from bands like Counterparts, Capsize, Citizen, and Defeater.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
A: “We are going back to record again in mid-November and hope to provide further details on that closer to release. More shows to be announced in the near future.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
A: “We hope to reach out and inspire and relate to listeners, maybe help someone find a better way to express what they are going through, or bring new light to the situation and maybe open their eyes to a new perspective. Check out our music on all major streaming platforms, if we are ever in your area come out and see us, we would love to know you and know your story.”