Down North takes pride in producing the kind of tunes that could transform even the grumpiest soul into a lean, mean, dancing machine. A dynamic ensemble, Down North describes themselves as “your favorite band’s favorite band,” on their Facebook page.
Originating in Seattle, the band will perform at the Jackpot Music Hall as part of a summer tour spanning much of the U.S. The release of the group’s first EP, “No Retreat Vol. 1,” will coincide with the tour.
This four-man group features lead singer Anthony “ReneGade” Briscoe, guitarist Nick Quiller, drummer Conrad Real and bassist Brandon Storms. According to Briscoe, the band’s four members came together out of a necessity to create music.
“There was no choice in it. If you make music, then you make music,” Briscoe said. “The thing about doing music and actually being serious about it … if it’s inside you, it’s going to come out. You have to do it.”
Although the band has not yet released many tracks they have been actively performing for the past decade. Down North has toured with groups such as Gym Class Heroes and E-40. The members have also performed on platforms such as KEXP.
“Our fans have gotten underground versions of songs; they probably aren’t mixed the best, but they know the songs,” Briscoe said. “Getting the word of mouth out is how we play. That’s what’s important. It’s going back to how it used to be done before social media.”