Today, a little over two years since the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut full length, we are treated to the first offering from Northern Faces’ sophomore album. “Messin’ With Me” premiered this morning with The Music Ninja and, in the process, set the tone for what will undoubtedly be a much more mature brand of rock and roll on their upcoming LP due out later this year on Equal Vision Records.

Bryan Shortell (Vocals/Guitar) on the story behind the track:

“Messin’ With Me” is a song that was born out of pure frustration. We were up to 20 or 30 demos that we had written for the new record, and it finally felt like we’d hit our stride. After months of writing and re-writing these tracks, the album finally felt like it was coming together. We had a producer and a studio lined up, and it felt like we were nearing the finish line.

Our producer was on the road with a couple of bands we really respect, and hit us up asking us to send him a few demos. He said one of the bands wanted to help out and give us some feedback. We sent over two tracks right away – clearly in the demo stages still, but very close to our heart. That night we got back a video message that ended up changing the course of the entire record.

“Messin’ With Me” is the first song that was born from that message. A message that turned out to be nothing but a big misunderstanding, but ended up inspiring a batch of new songs that would become the cornerstone of this new record. It’s a song for anyone who’s ever felt like it might finally be time to close the door on your dreams. It’s a song for anyone who thinks their time has run out, and it’s time to stop playing “pretend” and hang it up – to settle down. But mostly, it’s a song for anyone who knows what it’s like to get knocked down, and get right the fuck back up. Not because you want to, but because you have to.

This song is as much confident and self assured, as it is uncertain and insecure. It’s for everyone out there living life with fingers crossed.”

You can hear it now on Soundcloud, Spotify and and on digital retailers and streaming services.

Northern Faces fuse impossibly catchy hooks and melodies, unparalleled harmonies, blues-influenced instrumentation and a modern pop sensibility into a sound that feels both familiar and inherently unique. With over 6 million spins on Spotify and a performance history that includes shows and tours with a wide array of acts including The 1975, Royal Teeth, Cage The Elephant, Say Anything, The Dear Hunter and X Ambassadors, Northern Faces are poised to take a well-deserved step forward into the mainstream with the release of the new record later this year.

The band is quoted as saying “Our live shows are our pride and joy. We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The stage really is our home”. You can get your tickets now to experience Northern Faces in their element this spring on tour with Electric Six. Full dates below!

Tour Dates:
6/2 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/3 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Sache at Intersection
6/4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
6/5 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi
6/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/9 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/11 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion***
6/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
6/16 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
6/17 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
6/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
6/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
6/22 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
6/23 – Dublin, MN @ The Red Herring Lounge
6/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

***Northern Faces Only. Radio 104.5’s 10th Birthday Show (sold out)