Putting together the last few pieces of the puzzle in late 2019, the members of the New Jersey pop-punk/emo quintet – Keith Karol (Vocals), Mike Piacentini (Guitar), Chris Stroz (Guitar) Danny Merlo (Bass) and Aren Millan (Drums) – better known as Northvale, is something to watch out for in early 2020. By taking collective experiences over the past year, the band has crafted an EP that deals with loss, heartbreak and acceptance that easily translates into the ears of 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 six-song EP. Northvale’s first single – Sleepwalking – featuring Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words, is scheduled to be released on Friday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day 2020. The single deals with leaving bad relationships, and the personal growth associated with moving past toxic environments. With plenty of work ahead of them and a powerful EP in their back pocket, the band plans on having a massive 2020 with no signs of slowing down.
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.