February 5 Lands Experience ft This Way North
The 5 Lands Experience is a monthly community event, at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford. Each month, the 5 Lands Experience begins with a free community drum circle, at 5pm all ages and levels welcome, drums and percussion provided.
Having run for over 9 years, the 5 Lands Band is a well-known and popular Central Coast establishment. Named after originally forming to perform at the famous 5 Lands Walk in Terrigal, the ever changing line up of The 5 Lands Band, lead by Rendra Freestone, brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. The band doesn’t practice, nor write music together, but rather create improvised jams, based on funk, jazz, folk and groove. Well known for getting the dance floor pumping, the 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm.
This Way North
Hailing from Melbourne, guitar/drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller).
They first met in the north…Canada in fact; at the renowned British Columbian ArtsWells Festival. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north-side…north-side Melbourne that is…half a world away but only 500m apart. Once they’d returned to north-side Melbourne, they treated their post-tour blues by doing what all self-respecting musicians do playing music and what came out was good…really good.
This Way North began as a means of finding a way back… to find direction again, and it damn well worked.
Punchy and left of centre, but with a universally appealing groove and melody, This Way North’s live shows are powerful. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals and compelling alt-pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage. Audiences are drawn in by the powerful performances of these two seasoned musicians. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage – that’s just how it is.
The duo’s debut EP featured singles ‘Pretty Much’ and ‘Don’t You Fly’ with official clips directed by Agostino Soldati. Recorded with producer Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audrey’s, Lisa Miller) at Yikesville studio in Yarraville, mastered at Studios 301. The EP WAS released early in 2016 to rave reviews.
The duo’s ongoing love affair with Canada saw them flying to Toronto in July 2016 to record some tracks with producer Derek Downham (Broken Social Scene, Holy F*ck). The new tracks, due for release in early 2017, have the hallmark of true alt-pop hits with lush sound and unique writing.
In recent shows, This Way North supported Thirsty Merc, played Toronto showcases and stages such as Moomba, Nannup Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Swagger Music Festival and Wollombi Music festival.
As usual, dinner, drinks, desserts and snacks available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is all ages fully licensed, sorry no BYO. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 25. Children and families most welcome.
WHAT: The Feb 5 Lands Experience feat. The 5 Lands Band with special guests This Way North
WHEN: Sunday 26th February, from 5pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
COST: Entry by donation