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Gig Pick: Jonathan Becker & The North Fields album release at Babylon—07.27.18

By Matías Muñoz on July 26, 2018

Matías is the founder and Editor of Ottawa Showbox, a local not-for-profit music website and concert promotion company. Follow @ottawashowbox on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

If there’s one band in town that can capture grit and beauty in the same measure, it’s Jonathan Becker & The North Fields. For years, the five-piece folk rock group have made a name for themselves in town—and across Canada—with their textured sound, ear-pleasing arrangements, emotive lyricism, and expressive stage performances.

The band has certainly come a long way since releasing their Old Towns EP in 2012. They’ve worked hard to keep their music at the forefront of folk rock here in town, and are fairly active when it comes to playing stages all over. They’ve also toured across Canada and garnered a following of new friends from coast to coast, and trust me—if you stumbled into a bar somewhere on the road and watched Jonathan Becker & The North Fields rip through a set, you’d want to sit down with them and buy the next round.

They’ve also caught the ears of festival organizers, such as Bluesfest and CityFolk, and brought their irresistible twangs to the big stage. There’s no question this group has mass appeal. With hooks of gold and riffs that soar, it’s not a stretch to say that, even six years on, the band is still finding new and uncharted territory to traverse.

After releasing a slew of EPs since 2012, they’ve finally lifted the veil on their debut full-length, Sober Dawn. Not only have they honed their sound into something larger and more meaty, but it’s evident that Becker himself has entrusted his band to bring their creative energy to the table. Each member brings their own flare to the album, filling the blanks in and creating a record that offers listeners depth in songwriting and tones that just won’t let go. The backing vocals are right on, and the subtle keys and percussion lift up Becker’s distinctly gruff vocals as well as the crunchy guitar work.

Jonathan Becker & The  North Fields are set to release Sober Dawn at Babylon Nightclub this Friday, July 27, presented by Ottawa Showbox. Joining them on the bill will be fellow folk troubadour Claude Munson, who is flying high off the success of his latest album And the Silence Came After, as well John Aaron Cockburn—lead songwriter of Little Suns and nephew and acclaimed collaborator with Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn.

Jonathan Becker & The North Fields ‘Sober Dawn’ album release party takes place Friday, July 27 at Babylon Nightclub, starting at 8pm. More information can be found on the Facebook event, and $10 advance tickets can be purchased online here.