Instrumental rock band North End released their sixth studio album, Halted, one year after their single “Cabra” appeared on a split with signal hill. Halted presents 4 new songs, written and recorded separately in Pennsylvania and Colorado. North End is Russ Daniels (guitar), Kevin Burk (drums), Peter Willis (guitar) and Marcus Rodriguez (bass).
The writing for Halted started after a northeast tour was abruptly canceled due to the pandemic in March 2020. Spread across Pennsylvania and Colorado, sheltered indoors, North End developed four songs that channeled their creativity, influenced by music the band was listening to at the time. Influenced by math and post rock, Halted echoes North End 2013 EP, Cognoscere, combined with new elements that reflect the band’s renewed direction. Halted represents a new chapter for the band as their lives and commitment to music evolve.
Drums for Halted were recorded at Akdar Studios in Reading, Pennsylvania. The remaining instruments were tracked at Pete, Russ, and Marcus’ home studios respectively. North End decided to use Anup Sastry for mixing and mastering. North End wanted Anup to take an aggressive and drum-forward approach with Halted, staying true to the band’s roots. The photography from Ian Detwiler and the album art from Rishi Neal Arora reflects the world during the time Halted was written, creating a remote but hopeful atmosphere. Halted is dedicated to Kevin’s mother, Peg Burk.
The pre-order for Halted and title track single is available starting February 8th, with the album release set for March 31st . Halted will be streaming across all digital platforms through Better Looking Records, with limited edition clear one sided 12” vinyl and CDs available through Somewherecold Records. Following the release and distribution of Halted, North End plan to play shows in the northeast US.
Vinyl records are limited to 75 copies and CDs are limited to 50 copies.