Matt Culpin and Sarah Heeley first met in Leicester, 2001 through indie pop project Minithin. Sarah disappeared circa 2003 (as she is prone to do) and the pair lost touch for 3 years.
It is really by chance that they were reunited, by the power of SMS in 2006. Matt pondered producing some new music and whilst clearing out his mobile phone book stumbled across a long forgotten number –
“Is that Sarah the singer?”
“Yes it is. Hello stranger”
In less than a year they recorded their first album as Northern Kind. 53 Degrees North topped album and download charts across Europe, gained the band a passionate following in the UK and won them prestigious dates supporting Gary Numan and a string of gigs alongside 80s greats including Midge Ure, Boy George, Howard Jones, Paul Young and Kim Wilde.
Fast forward to 2009. (Assume there have been some ups and downs and a few dodgy gigs in between) Their second album, Wired, mastered by Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells) is hailed as “one of the most important electronic albums of the year” by Gareth Jones (Producer, Depeche Mode) and quickly secures them a UK tour with pop legends Kajagoogoo.
A year later and the duo, known as NK by an army of electro-mad fans (NKers), now has what we will politely describe as some ‘creative down time’. Sarah says “We had some amazing experiences in quite a short space of time, and lost our fizzle for a bit. Life gets in the way sometimes, but we always say ‘everything for a reason’. I think Berlin and some changes in our respective personal lives inspired us”.
‘Berlin’ refers to a revered support slot at Postbahnof with the formidable Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) and Gary Numan during the Recoil – A Strange Hour international tour. Meeting musical heroes including Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk certainly gives Matt some food for thought…
And now they arrive at Credible Sexy Unit, album number three. It feels very, very good and NK are producing some of their favourite and most refined electronic music yet. Euphonic (song for Chloe) and Dreams are released on iTunes and the response so far is exciting to say the least. We look forward to the next stomping chapter of Northern Kind history…
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