“’Pointless Perfection’ deals with the question: How perfect can thing get – and is aiming at it really all there is? False perfectionism often leads up to a point where the important things get out of sight and you lose yourself in random details.” Melodic hardcore bands are used to be in conflict between tradition and a modern approach. While tradition is demanding to let the furious energy of hardcore float boundlessly, at the same time the band has devoted itself to the details and refinements that turn tracks into songs and music that is able to express more than music that is apparently just waiting for the next breakdown. UP NORTH from Cologne, Germany are managing this task in an exemplary manner: Overwhelming (positive) energy and enthusiasm meet technical ability and experience – the balancing act, which was described at the beginning, is apparently managed with ease.

UP NORTH are founded in 2015. They’re all making music as long as they can remember, they’re all part of the scene and when a few more bands have vanished into oblivion, it becomes clear quite quickly that they have to start something together. The new constellation is motivated and inspired as rarely before, so the first EP ‘Recovery’ is already out in 2016 and promoted by line of shows. Meanwhile the creative flow is even gaining momentum and by the end of the year the guys have collected so much material that they can get to grips with the first album. Bassist Nikola is explaining the creating process of ‘Pointless Perfection’ the following: “The recordings demanded everything from us: Especially Miguel (guitar) and Sebastian (vocals) locked themselves up and dug themselves deeply and intensely into the songs. Our goal was to deliver the absolute best that we’re capable of. This required the maximum commitment of everyone and brought us extremely close together.” The first live mixing session with Aljoscha Sieg (Pitchback Studios) remains to be a memorable moment: “In a few minutes time he was able to create a mix that left us with our jaws dropped on the floor. This was also the moment when we realised all of a sudden that all our efforts had been worthwhile.”

No matter if it’s about an uncompromising hardcore smasher like ‘Straight On’ that’s coming up with sing-alongs and a mighty breakdown or if it’s the single ‘Reds And Whites’ that’s presenting UP NORTH from a much more catchy and reflective side, every second on ’Pointless Perfection’ makes the listener aware that this is an affair of the heart, driven by a positive fundamental idea. Nothing against the quest for perfection but sometimes there are just more important things in life.