Canadian Matt Goud (aka Northcote) will release his self-titled album on 11th November 2013 with the stand-out single 'Hope The Good Things Never Die' following on 18th November. The releases coincide with a huge tour of the UK and Europe supporting peer and comrade Dave Hause - ex-frontman of The Loved Ones. Full dates are:
13 Dublin Academy 2
14 Belfast McHugh's
15 Glasgow King Tuts
16 Manchester Gorilla
17 Brighton The Green Door Store
19 Amsterdam Paradiso
20 Hamburg Knust
21 Bremen Lagerhaus
22 Hannover Gig Linden
23 Dresden Beatpol
24 Berlin BiNuu Berlin
26 Cologne Gloria
27 Frankfurt Batschkapp
28 Munich Strom Linienclub
30 Milano Factory (Area2)
02 Vienna B72
03 Stuttgart Universum
04 Antwerp JH Kavka
05 Southampton Joiners
06 London The Garage
07 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
08 Newcastle The Cluny
Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, Northcote'searly exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music's healing and therapeutic power.
Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.
On signing with Xtra Mile Recordings, Northcote's main man Goud states:
"The Northcote team is excited and grateful to be working with Xtra Mile. I felt at home while playing for the first time in Europe this past spring at the Pirate Satellite Festival in Stuttgart, and I am looking forward to returning next month to support Dave Hause for 25+ shows. We're very excited to be joining our new label home in Europe."
The new self-titled album was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers, Dan Mangan) at The Hive in Vancouver, and is Northcote's most forthcoming and confident album to date, reflecting this young songwriter's increasing maturity and experience. Breaking the stereotype of the reserved and solemn cafe singer/songwriter, the album entices both the performers and the listeners to come out of their shell.
On 'NORTHCOTE', Goud further strengthens his voice as an emerging Canadian artist. Confident, full chords replace contemplative ballads, and the influence of his eclectic background of punk.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.