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AA Indie Song of the Day - This Way North - "Night Terrors"

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The Indie Song of the Day comes from Australian duo This Way North. The song is called "Night Terrors" - oh and we've got an interview too. Check it out.


This Way North is an indie-pop-rock duo from Australia featuring Cat Leahy on drums and Leisha Jungalwalla on guitar. The duo just released a single/video called "Night Terrors" - a song written about the sleep phenomenon that Leisha was struggling with and decided to write a song about. The video for the song is posted below and we've got an interview with Cat from the band too.



AA: How did you meet? How did you start playing together?

TWN: We met in Canada at a festival called Arts Wells in British Colombia. Leisha didn't actually know I played drums for a couple of months after until she saw me play a festival back in Australia! We met back up at the same festival (ArtsWells) the following year and really bonded over music and touring Canada. When we returned from that tour (I was playing with Benny Walker and Leisha with Jungal) we had a sad 'post tour blues' jam and from there started writing and playing music together.

AA: What was appealing about just operating as a duo?

TWN: We just started as a garage band, I'd come over and play at Leisha's place in the garage and we just enjoyed jamming together and figuring out how to fill up the sound yet give ourselves room to breathe playing as a duo.

AA: How do you write?

TWN: We both write songs separately and together as well. Its great mixing it up like that and then we'll always work on the song and finish it together. As we are touring so much, we have to set aside time to write, so we always have songs we are working on and want to finish on the road.

AA: How did you develop your playing style?

TWN: I went to university for Drums and studied jazz drumming. I have played in numerous bands for a few years at a time and did a lot of session work. Through playing with so many different bands and discovering how I liked to perform I guess helped me find my style. Leisha grew up in a big musical house and played guitar from 12 in bands with her older sister. She developed her style from playing with her sister and various other band members. She started playing the slide guitar at 19 after being influenced by John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd. She taught herself slide which helped develop her own style. We have both developed our stage style from the love of playing live music with each other and wanting to give powerful performances and inspire people.

AA: When you see night terrors on TV/ media etc, it's funny. But when you see it in real life it’s pretty intense. What's your relationship with them and how does that inspire a song?

TWN: (Leisha) It is scary in the moment. When I wake up screaming or yelling or throwing pillows. I've had Night Terrors since I was little and usually, they go away after childhood but mine have stuck around, unfortunately. I have them every couple of weeks and try to figure out a pattern but still, haven't yet. I was inspired to write 'Night Terrors' as the last couple of years as my life has gone through a big upheaval, I was having a lot more of them and specific emotional ones too. So, I decided to write about this and found it cathartic.

Next up for This Way North - they're touring in Canada for 3 months and they're getting ready to release a documentary from filmmaker Chris Franklin. They'll also be heading into the studio to record soon to make something to put out towards the end of this year. For more on This Way North - you can visit them online at ThisWayNorth.com



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AA Indie Song of the Day - This Way North - "Night Terrors"


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The Indie Song of the Day comes from Australian duo This Way North. The song is called "Night Terrors" - oh and we've got an interview too. Check it out.

This Way North is an indie-pop-rock duo from Australia featuring Cat Leahy on drums and Leisha Jungalwalla on guitar. The duo just released a single/video called "Night Terrors" - a song written about the sleep phenomenon that Leisha was struggling with and decided to write a song about. The video for the song is posted below and we've got an interview with Cat from the band too.



AA: How did you meet? How did you start playing together?

TWN: We met in Canada at a festival called Arts Wells in British Colombia. Leisha didn't actually know I played drums for a couple of months after until she saw me play a festival back in Australia! We met back up at the same festival (ArtsWells) the following year and really bonded over music and touring Canada. When we returned from that tour (I was playing with Benny Walker and Leisha with Jungal) we had a sad 'post tour blues' jam and from there started writing and playing music together.

AA: What was appealing about just operating as a duo?

TWN: We just started as a garage band, I'd come over and play at Leisha's place in the garage and we just enjoyed jamming together and figuring out how to fill up the sound yet give ourselves room to breathe playing as a duo.

AA: How do you write?

TWN: We both write songs separately and together as well. Its great mixing it up like that and then we'll always work on the song and finish it together. As we are touring so much, we have to set aside time to write, so we always have songs we are working on and want to finish on the road.

AA: How did you develop your playing style?

TWN: I went to university for Drums and studied jazz drumming. I have played in numerous bands for a few years at a time and did a lot of session work. Through playing with so many different bands and discovering how I liked to perform I guess helped me find my style. Leisha grew up in a big musical house and played guitar from 12 in bands with her older sister. She developed her style from playing with her sister and various other band members. She started playing the slide guitar at 19 after being influenced by John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd. She taught herself slide which helped develop her own style. We have both developed our stage style from the love of playing live music with each other and wanting to give powerful performances and inspire people.

AA: When you see night terrors on TV/ media etc, it's funny. But when you see it in real life it’s pretty intense. What's your relationship with them and how does that inspire a song?

TWN: (Leisha) It is scary in the moment. When I wake up screaming or yelling or throwing pillows. I've had Night Terrors since I was little and usually, they go away after childhood but mine have stuck around, unfortunately. I have them every couple of weeks and try to figure out a pattern but still, haven't yet. I was inspired to write 'Night Terrors' as the last couple of years as my life has gone through a big upheaval, I was having a lot more of them and specific emotional ones too. So, I decided to write about this and found it cathartic.

Next up for This Way North - they're touring in Canada for 3 months and they're getting ready to release a documentary from filmmaker Chris Franklin. They'll also be heading into the studio to record soon to make something to put out towards the end of this year. For more on This Way North - you can visit them online at ThisWayNorth.com


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