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‘s 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.
North End: Halted out today on very limited lathe cut vinyl (almost sold out), CD, and all digital formats.