This Way North
“Those rumbling drums, that sneaky little slide guitar line… the way it all comes together to become a lush, powerful piece of music that’s so easy to get caught up in.”
— Double J Radio
Hailing from Melbourne, guitar/drums two-piece This Way North is 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 ArtsWells Festival in B.C. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north…north-side Melbourne that is…half a world away but they were only 500 meters apart. Once they’d returned to Melbourne, they treated their post-tour blues by doing what all self-respecting musicians do: playing music together. This post-tour jam session turned into something great, and This Way North was created.
This Way North began as a means of finding a way back… to find direction again, and it darn 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, pared down soul vocals and compelling alt-pop melodies. With a sound that can easily be likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realized by just two artists on stage. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage – that’s just how it is. We can’t wait to see how y’all engage at the 2017 Dawson City Musical Festival. Be ready to dance your heart out.