“What’s driving us is two wheels,” Andrew Reindhardt is full of nervous excitement. The band Eleven North, for which Andrew is the lead singer, recorded their last two EPs, “Three Years Vol. 1” and “Three Years Vol. 2,” at Jukasa Studio with Alexisonfire’s Wade MacNeil producing. Right now, though, Andrew is most excited for their next EP. “We’re recording in my parents’ basement in Ridgeway,” he says.
“To be on a list of bands produced by Wade is a huge honour,” Andrew says, but this time around Eleven North is going to be producing and recording by themselves. “We didn’t want to spend 10K on a single,” they have the experience to produce themselves and the creative freedom to branch out into a style they’re more comfortable with.
Eleven North is an all-Niagara based group. Andrew’s roots are in Ridgeway, Joey Andres (bass guitar) hails from Niagara Falls, Jeremy Randall (drums) is from St. Catharines, and newcomer to the band Kevin Hodgkins (lead guitar) comes from Port Colborne. “Whenever we needed to get out of the region to go up north, we all had to take Highway 11, so that’s where we got the name from.”
Andrew says that their music is usually compared to folk-rock, but with their new single, the band is aiming for a more upbeat and radio-friendly sound. The goal with self-producing and sending out demos this time around is to garner the attention of record producers abroad and, according to Reinhardt, it’s working. They’ve already grabbed the attention of a Grammy-winning producer in Nashville, Tennessee.
The first single, “Twisted Words,” is particularly special to Andrew and the band. “When Kevin joined the band, he kind of forced me to write what I’ve wanted to write for a while, pushing me into writing that is my own. There’s more soulful vibes, wintry vibes and it’s more melodic than we’ve written in the past.”
“You put on your Sunday best/But you’re still looking like the rest,” Andrew sings in the song. The line reflects the new direction he feels that he and the band are now free to explore and he hopes that it will resonate with producers. “In the end, what you really are is going to always come out,” he says.
“Twisted Words,” the new single from Eleven North, will be on streaming services March 22, with a live music video version, filmed at The Sanctuary in Ridgeway, to be released shortly after on their Youtube channel.
Following the release of the single, Eleven North will be going on a short tour starting at the Warehouse in St. Catharines on March 22nd with dates the following week in Oshawa and Toronto.
In the meantime, “we’re constantly writing,” Andrew says. “Every practice is recorded in case something happens.” Their sound of “cool, vibey and laid back songs that people love in the winter” come together in these recording sessions, often in two-to-three hours in a night, a magical experience, he says. One or two additional singles will also be released from the upcoming EP around June, he adds.