Seattle (US) based band, The Northern Light, have just released their latest single, Waiting For The Flood, and we here at the Send Me Your Ears studio have been taking several thoroughly enjoyable listens to this great classic rock feeling track today.
Right from the first moment, this feels like an authentic classic rock song. The instrumentation is spot on. The lengthier-than-expected instrumental section at the start puts the listener into a real trance-like groove and when the vocals join the mix, you cannot help but draw comparisons to the late, great, Jim Morrison.
A relatively new band, The Northern Light describe themselves as a bunch of Dads in a business that is focused on really young people. We like this self-awareness in a bunch of guys who are very clearly talented musicians who are bringing their skills to the table just a little later than your average pop star – but who wants to be a pop star anyway, right?!
In the words of the band, “Waiting For the Flood is based on holding on too long to truths that must be spoken. Running away and burying those unspoken truths leads to a flood that delivers disaster whether personally or in our society and environment.”
We love the layered vocals in the choruses. This gives an even more anthemic positivity to the song and feels perfect for a song that is clearly influenced by indie and classic rock sounds.
The drum fills in the track are superb and delivered with great skill. We particularly noted the real smack on the snare that brings the song to life.
The guitars, for the most part, are clear in the mix but feel distant because of the effects used on them – giving them a kind of Scorpions-like feel. The guitar solos are clear and present and upfront in the mix. The first guitar solo started simply with a repeated riff and we can see a Neil Young influence at this point. As the solo progresses, though, it takes on a lot more character and develops into a superb blues-rock style solo. A second guitar takes over briefly, with different tones and a cleaner sound before returning to the vocals.
As with all good classic rock, the instrumental sections are well-considered and well-structured. That classic-rock indulgence of putting lengthy guitar solos into a track means that the song stands at almost five minutes long. Perfect for fans of this style of music like ourselves, but perhaps reducing the options for commercial airplay (music directors are picky about length rather than quality!)
From a production perspective, this is a great-sounding track. To our ears, a couple of tiny EQ cuts at around 400Hz and 1.5kHz would reduce some slightly ‘boxy’ and ‘honky’ tones. A boost in the top octave would add to the brightness too but there are some harsh tones around 9kHz when the drummer switches to the hi-hats so perhaps some careful EQing in the drum track first. All in all, this is a strong track and we are looking forward to hearing more from The Northern Light.
Fans of The Doors, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Neil Young and The Scorpions will delight in the musicianship and performance of Waiting For The Flood by The Northern Light.