Swamp HouseNews & Reviews

Melbournian duo This Way North will be touring nationally this March/May and will be stopping here in Newcastle Thursday, May 18th at The Cambridge Hotel with special guests Hey Lady.

The guitar/drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller). Punchy and left of centre, but with a universally appealing groove and melody, This Way North’s live shows are powerful. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals and compelling alt-pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage. Audiences are drawn in by the powerful performances of these two seasoned musicians. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage – that’s just how it is.

Releasing their second track for 2017 This Way North aren’t mucking around giving us some serious Eargasims. Following up from February’s summer sizzler ‘Head Above Water’…

…the pair drop their latest single ‘Pressure’, a track that takes a very different turn from their previous releases. ‘Pressure’ is reminiscent of an 80’s teenage movie anthem, a pop gem dripping with lush guitar tracks and tight synth-like drumming. ‘Pressure’ was written when lead singer Leisha Jungalwalla was in the midst of having a ‘finger in too many pies’ juggling full-time high school teaching, playing AFL football and touring. ‘Pressure’ is about how easy it is to drift away from yourself when there are so many different responsibilities that are pressed upon you. The places you go in your mind when it feels like there is too much going on in your life to keep up with.


THU 30 MARCH – Settlers TavernMargaret River, WA, Australia – Tickets
SAT 1 APRIL – Prince Of Wales HotelBunbury, WA, Australia – Tickets
SUN 2 APRIL – The CarinePerth, WA, Australia – Tickets
MON 10 APRIL – Newtown Social ClubNewtown, NSW, Australia – Tickets
THU 13 APRIL – Village Green HotelMelbourne, VIC, Australia – Tickets
WED 26 APRIL – The Gasometer HotelCollingwood, VIC, Australia – Tickets
THU 27 APRIL – The WheatsheafAdelaide, SA, Australia – Tickets
THU 27 APRIL – The Wheatsheaf HotelThebarton, SA, Australia – Tickets
FRI 28 APRIL – Wide Open Space 2017Alice Springs, NT, Australia – Tickets
THU 11 MAY – Sol BarMaroochydore, QLD, Australia – Tickets
FRI 12 MAY – Milk FactorySouth Brisbane, QLD, Australia – Tickets
SAT 13 MAY – Unknown venueMullumbimby, NSW, Australia – Tickets
THU 18 MAY – Cambridge HotelNewcastle, NSW, Australia – Tickets
FRI 19 MAY – The Record CrateSydney, NSW, Australia – Tickets
SAT 20 MAY – Paddock Sessions 2017Wollombi, NSW, Australia – Tickets
SUN 21 MAY – The Naked BeanGrafton, NSW, Australia – Tickets