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Jonathon Fraser, also known as Northbound, comes from a different world than most of his peers. After years of DIY touring in the punk and hardcore scenes, Fraser has a very hands-on approach to everything he does, and this has allowed him to be impressively prolific since he began releasing music under the Northbound moniker in 2012. Though it started out as an acoustic solo project, Northbound quickly evolved to its current hybrid state between acoustic and full band. This dynamic allows Fraser the flexibility to be the primary songwriter, as well as play shows as a solo act if touring bandmates are unable to join him.

For their first Smartpunk Records release, Northbound keeps it short and sweet with Karma Heart, three brand new songs touching on love, loss, anticipation, and everything in between. Every song is very different, but people familiar with Northbound know that the songs are all tied together through his sense of storytelling. And just in case there’s not enough here to tie you over, the band just finished up a full-length with Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Like Pacific) in Toronto, Canada, which will see the light of day very soon. In the meantime, Jon plans to tour extensively, so be sure to catch a Northbound show when it hits your town!