No Way North was founded by Brandon Miller, Emily Dykes, and Matthew “P-Touch” Scoggins in Los Angeles, CA, in 2010. Emily Dykes (lead vocals) is a vocalist and actor who has starred in many productions, including a long run in the world tour of the musical “Mamma Mia!” as the lead role of Sophie. Brandon Miller (bass, guitars) and Matthew “P-Touch” Scoggins (guitars, drums) completes the lineup.
In 2010, Miller, Dykes, and Scoggins brought their talents together and entered the studio to work on their first album. It would be an incredibly rewarding process, despite the tragic circumstances the group would face. They were fortunate to have Miller’s uncle, Rudy Guess, as a collaborator. Guess was Carole King’s long-time guitarist, producer, and musical director, and an inspiration to the band with his consummate musicality, production expertise, and unfailingly positive outlook. Tragically, Guess lost his four-year battle with cancer in late 2010 while they were working on the record. With Guess’s illness as a strong undercurrent in the band’s formative days, the album’s opening song, “The One I’ve Won”, was written from the point of view of Guess’s wife, and “Carve it Out” was inspired by his incredible spirit. Guess played guitar on both of those songs, as well as several others. It was the last work Guess appeared on before he passed away.
No Way North’s debut album, “The Sum of All You’ve Seen…”, was released in June 2012. The album features guest appearances by legends such as organist Teddy “Zig-Zag” Andreadis (Alice Cooper, Guns n’ Roses, Billy Bob Thornton, Bo Diddley), drummer Russ Kunkel (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman) and Miller’s uncle Rudy Guess (Carole King, El Surfador, The Rudy Guess Orchestra) on guitar. With the album released, the band welcomed actress and singer Celina Dean (from Edmonton, Canada) on backing vocals, Steve Fisher (Musicians Institute GIT graduate) on guitar, and Eyal Dahan (newly relocated session player from Israel) on drums in late 2012.
How would you describe your sound? Our music is eclectic indie folk rock with an alternative edge.
What gigs do you have planned in 2013? In 2013 we will play all the major venues in Los Angeles. And we’re planning two tours: one regional West Coast tour in late spring, and one full national tour in late summer.
What bands influenced you? With six members in the band, we have a lot of different influences. Some of the main ones are Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Paramore, Fiona Apple, Alkaline Trio, Tori Amos, Sparklehorse, Foo Fighters, Queen and Radiohead.