Putting together the last few pieces of the puzzle in 2020, the members of the New Jersey pop-punk/emo quartet – Keith Karol (Vocals), Mike Piacentini (Guitar), Chris Stroz (Guitar) & Aren Millan (Drums) – better known as Northvale, is something to watch out for in 2020. By taking collective experiences over the past year, the band has crafted an EP that deals with loss, heartbreak and acceptance which should be easily relatable for all pop-punk listeners.
Comprised of music scene veterans – Following the collapse of Keith’s former band, he recruited Sony Music Engineer Mike Piacentini and former guitarist of The Victory, Chris Stroz to begin writing what would eventually become the five-song EP. The EP, titled The Things We Used To Be, was recorded early in 2020 at Nada Studios (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Real Friends) with Producer/Mix Engineer Kevin Krug. The EPs two lead singles, Sleepwalking & High Tide, feature Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words & AJ Perdomo from The Dangerous Summer. The album is slated for release on 9/4.
Today’s a great day to get introduced to Northvale. Northvale are a new band from New Jersey in the vein of Sleep On it, Grayscale, and Mayday Parade, and today they’re debuting their brand new song “High Tide” featuring AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer. The weather’s just starting to warm up and it’s getting just about perfect for this style of music, and while we may all still be stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t turn up the volume up on some good ‘ol fashioned pop-punk.
Working with Joey was awesome, it just seemed to work out effortlessly. We had all talked about it as a band and decided that his voice would fit perfectly on the song so I hit him up, he happened to be in NY and it kind of all just fell into place relatively quickly. He came through the Sony Studios and laid down the guest feature while he was on tour in the city. He’s an incredible vocalist and a cool guy, we hope to work with him again in the future.
Writing sleepwalking came pretty naturally; it was such an easy thing to express because it’s about something that so many people can relate to – being in a toxic relationship and being strong enough to get yourself out of it. The story behind the song is serious but when you think about it, it’s a positive thing to get yourself out of a situation like that so we wanted the music to really hit hard and make you feel good. I think that’s exactly what we accomplished.