My Music DNA: Lee Wylding of The Far North

Following on from the success of their debut single This House Is Ours, UK based Americana duo The Far North comprising Lee Wylding (Vocals/Guitar) and Andie Packer (Drums) release their second single Runaway today (October 9th 2020), through Red Lantern Records.

Runaway is described by The Far North singer/songwriter Lee Wylding as “A little vignette about leaving the past behind and starting fresh with the ones you love”.  Lee continues “It’s written in the vein of a 70’s road movie, via early Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young”.

The new single is released ahead of The Far North’s debut album Songs For Gentle Souls released through Red Lantern Records on November 20th 2020. 

In the first of two Music DNA features on the duo, Andy Howells puts questions to Lee Wylding about the music that has influenced him.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

There was lots of my Mum’s music when I was around the age of 6-10, Motown etc.

In terms of music I discovered myself it was probably Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses at the age of 13, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that music really grabbed me and the song/band that did it was Supersonic by Oasis, it seemingly came out of nowhere and inspired me to form a band and become a guitarist/songwriter. 

What was the first single you bought?

Supersonic by Oasis at Andys Records in the Golden Square in Warrington, I played it all day and night for months, coupled with the B-Sides it was 22 minutes of pure, fresh, exciting music. 

What was the first album you owned?

Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses, I think I was about 13 when I heard it and was given a tape of it by a girl called Heather in High School. I wore it out by Christmas 92. I think they were my first love, then i went down the rabbit hole and discovered Pearl Jam, Nirvana and that lead to Oasis. 

What’s your constant go to track?

That is a tough question.

It depends on what mood I’m in really. Waterfall by The Stone Roses when I feel like chilling out, also Heart Of Gold by Neil Young.

I think my ultimate track to go to is Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen, it’s got the whole gamut of emotions going through it, it just keeps raising the bar as the song goes along. Incredible really, what a songwriter!

What’s your constant go to album?

There’s two, in my eyes, perfect albums, Darkness On The Edge Of Town and Whats The Story (Morning Glory). I just love the performances, the songwriting and the production so  much on these albums I seriously can’t get enough of them, even to this day. I must have listened to them bother over 1000 times each. The definition of a masterpiece.  

Who’s your latest music discovery?

City & Colour probably although he’s been making music for a long time. He’s really mastered the craft of song writing, I urge everyone to go out and listen to Little Hell and Bring me Your Love

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?

I’m not too sure, If I had to, I’d say Runaway, as it’s got that whole Springsteen vibe and the theme of leaving everything behind and hitting the interstate with your loved one, a tale as old as time but one that still speaks to me as a songwriter, it’s beautiful and has a kind of broken romanticism.  

Runaway is the second single from The Far North

 For more information on THE FAR NORTH, check out the following links:

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: