The band North H on their new single and album
North H, a band that has recently started, is preparing to release its first single and a new album. In preparing, the band has been able to perform in multiple settings with five years of performing experience. The band has been influenced by bands of the past and the members are looking forward to the future that looks to promise performing events.
When and how did the band get started?
The band was started in the year 2014 under the initiative of the band’s vocalist and guitarist Ugyen Tenzin. Ever since his childhood, he was very much into music and always wanted to be a singer. Later, he saw bands from the west on TV and was greatly influenced to come up with his own, but it took him so long to do that. Eventually, along with singing, he started to learn the guitar. Finally, in 2014, he was joined by his brother Karma on bass and good friend Kapil Chettri on drums. Since then, there was no looking back for North H.
What made you decide on rock?
Initially, Ugyen grew up listening to some pop songs and also some Bhutanese songs from the 90s and he used to even sing along when they came on the radios or while playing cassettes in his parent’s tape recorder. But it was when he first saw “Dream On” by Aerosmith on TV that made him change his music taste for good, though he wasn’t aware of what genre it was. He was so blown away by the energy of the song with its powerful high range voice and distorted guitar sounds and cool looking guys with long hair and tight jeans on the first sight. After that, he started to ask around about them and that’s when he found out they were a rock band. He then started to look for their cassettes and while doing so he came across bands such as Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Nirvana and many more which made him love the rock genre even more. Ever since he always dreamed of being in a rock band with himself singing and playing guitar with long hair.
What are some major influences on the band?
Though all the members started learning instruments after getting influenced by bands like Guns N’ Roses, ACDC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and all, it was the sound of Seattle (Grunge) that got them after becoming a band. As a band, they were greatly influenced by bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots. Now they are known as a grunge band from Bhutan.
Where have you toured so far?
The band is into the 5th year and so far they have played more than 100 shows in and out of the country. So far, they have toured Nepal and India several times and this year they will be touring Thailand for the first time.
You have your first single coming out. What has that experience been like?
Yes, our first single “Even the Dream Hurts” from our self titled album “North H” is coming out on 2nd November and we are pretty stoked about it. We have recorded, mixed, and mastered the song in our own studio all by ourselves, so this album is very special for us. This is our second album. We have learned a lot from the first album, though we only play one song from it live. We are very excited about the single as it is going to be the first official music video of the band.
What are some of the challenges that go into releasing a new album?
Our biggest challenge is getting a producer. Our albums are self-produced since there is no one who would be interested to spend their money on songs like ours. That is also the main reason we started to learn to record, mixing, and mastering ourselves so that we don’t have to look for financial support to spend on it.
What plans do you have for the future?
We are into the 5th year as a band and we don’t see the end. We will carry on playing as long as we breathe. In the future, we want to make more songs, play as many gigs as possible and our biggest dream is to tour the world playing our own songs.