Listening Local: 93 North Gains Momentum Playing At The Courtyard
By: LUKE VOSE, August 22, 2014
When Steve Burke, 25, of Sandwich used to come home from music school in Florida, his childhood friend Josh Cote would drive up Route 93 North to pick him up at Logan Airport. On the drive home Steve, a guitarist/singer, and Josh, a bassist, would catch up and talk music. Two and half years ago when they got serious about starting a band they named it 93 North, paying tribute to the long car rides they took together.
As anyone who has seen Spinal Tap knows, drummers can be hard to keep around and 93 North went through their fair share. When local drummer Paul Murray became a free agent they got him on board. Paul is a fixture on the scene, having played with other bands including Shattered and Chaindrive. Tall and thin with lots of tattoos and long hair, he looks every part the rock drummer. His high-energy style was a good fit for 93 North and they hit it off. Paul and Josh share a lot of heavy rock influences, bands like System of a Down, while Steve leans more toward indie and blues rock. One band Steve said they all are influenced by is Incubus.
Something the band prides itself on is knowing how to read and entertain a variety of crowds. They start out most shows playing acoustic and getting a feel for the room. The second set they break out the electric and get the dance floor going.
“You hear a lot of different styles at our shows,” Steve said, “from Dr. Dre to (Jimi) Hendrix to ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.” They have also been writing original music and are working those songs into their set lists alongside popular covers. Steve says the Cape Cod lifestyle and beaches inspire some of these songs.
93 North gained momentum this past year playing residencies at the Hyannis British Beer Company and the Courtyard Restaurant & Pub in Cataumet as well as a slew of other Cape venues. They are also traveling out of town to play shows in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, the western part of the state.
93 North has found Facebook and Instagram pages are a great way to keep up with fans. Social media is important to them and they consistently post new pictures and videos. Steve also designs all of their posters, graphics and, soon, T-shirts and stickers.
Future plans include recording an album of original material.
“I am determined to bring this band to a national level,” Steve told me, “and it’s going to happen. When you as well as the other members of the band have a mentality like that, it’s not a dream that goes away. It gets stronger and we get better. This has been a monumental year for us and we can’t wait to see what next year brings.”
Check them out at the Courtyard where they play acoustic every Wednesday and go to facebook.com/NinetyThreeNorth for more dates.