Interview with The Points North

 

Photo by Graham Marley

Chris North Alspach, Regina Peterson and Dylan Clark make up Boston's The Points North. They just released´┐Ż I Saw Across The Sound, which is self-described as "vocal harmonies, flute melodies, and bass drum thumps carry the listener through twelve New England ghost-country folk songs, and was released Oct 1st on vinyl, cassette and digital download from Grinding Tapes Recordings."

They have a few dates coming up. Jan 6th @ the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, Jan 7th @ The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg, MA and Jan 9th @ Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls, MA .

This is an interview with Chris North Alspach.

The Deli: You all were raised in central MA, and the austerity and tonality of your music seems to draw on more intimate, close-to-the-earth musical traditions. At times, one feels transported into a farmhouse living room in the winter, with a warm fire accompanying the singalong. How has New England played a role in shaping the music you make?

Chris North Alspach:
I appreciate the way you've interpreted our music and I'm glad tosay we've played a few shows in quiet farmhouses with warm firesand friends singing along. They've been very special times as wereally connect with the space. We all grew up in Central Mass. in post-agricultural communities and, after moving away, found that theaesthetic of that place really dominated our creative output. After ending a previous folk music project two years ago Regina and I worked hard learning the Irish flute and octave mandolin and solidifying ourvocal styles. It was all part of an effort to create the peaceful,cold and beautiful sounds that would convey the landscapes weexperienced as children, and the feelings they triggered. We typicallyplay rock venues whether it's a basement or a bar, and part of whatmotivates us to write and perform this style is to be a bridge betweenlisteners in those environments and the world outside.

--Read the whole interview by Bill Braun HERE