Jonathon Fraser also known as Northbound will be releasing his debut album Soul Kiss on November 22nd via Smartpunk Records. His new song "Bad Blood" was released today via streaming services and is also featured on Spotify's New Punk Tracks curated playlist. Fraser and his backing band have been getting fans fired up for the release of Soul Kiss by performing the songs on their current outing with Simple Plan, State Champs, and We The Kings.

"This song is mostly about an irrational anxiety of needing to be on good terms with people," explains Fraser. "Even those who have done me wrong. I blatantly say that I wouldn’t write anything in ‘bad blood.’ It’s quite a literal tune. On the surface, I’m totally aware that sometimes puzzle pieces just don’t fit and that’s okay, but sometimes I am willing to paint myself as a villain and take the blame to keep the peace."

Soul Kiss was recorded in Canada with producer Sam Guaiana (Like Pacific, Silverstein). "The album is an autobiography of the last few years of my life," describes Fraser. "It opens with nostalgia, follows through with existential battles of heartache, and ends on a note of acceptance for who I've become and the life that has unfolded for me."

These ten tracks touch on everything from being young, happy, wild, and free ("Very Long List") to wanting to be alone but feeling trapped, panicked, or uncomfortable in that position ("Alone") to not feeling good enough in someone's eyes ("Tall Buildings") to waking up and knowing that today won't be a good day ("Hurt Today") to people not giving you a chance to show them who you are ("Cool") to feeling worthless to others ("Special").

Jonathon Fraser 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.

Nov 26 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Nov 27 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
Nov 29 The Complex – Grand Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 30 Globe Hall Denver, CO
Dec 01 Vanguard Tulsa, OK
Dec 02 Growlers Memphis, TN
Dec 03 Parish at House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Dec 04 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Dec 05 High Dive Gainesville, FL
Dec 06 Crowbar Tampa, FL

Northbound's debut album Soul Kiss will be released on November 22nd via Smartpunk Records. Catch him on tour with Simple Plan, State Champs, and We The Kings!

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