By Samuel Stevens
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Genre: Pop Punk, Pop, Rock
Label: Hopeless Records
Following a successful 2019 with the release of their EP, Retrograde, the Los Angeles trio have readied the release of their debut album, Brand New Vision. Point North is made up of vocalist Jon Lundin, guitarist Andy Hershey, and rounded out by drummer Sage Weeber. The trio’s debut album was entirely self-produced by Lundin, who has produced many artists at his own studio, Pastel Recording Company. Brand New Vision is the album the band have always strived to create as musicians.
Brand New Vision is a concept album taking place in an alternate reality where predictability and normalcy is tossed out the window. This world we find the album takes place in is uncomfortable, but has meaning, and seen as a special place to feel something. This particular story being told on the tracks of Brand New Vision is shared through the voice of frontman Jon Lundin, and from the perspective of a character created by the band named Drax, a sentient being traveling throughout this alternate, broken reality.
The album begins with the title track, “Brand New Vision,” that features hip-hop artist DE’WAYNE. The track introduces Drax to it’s listeners. Point North have roots in various genres, primarily pop, rock, hip-hop, and by molding it all together they create their unique sound that layers plenty elements from them all into one. Point North’s Brand New Vision is full of big anthemic rock tracks, lathered in pop hooks, hip-hop beats layered in between it all, and tasteful vocals, that at times are quite vulnerable. The trio lay down the foundation of the album with the album opener, “Brand New Vision,” with it’s large instrumentation and raw energy.
The following track, “Into The Dark,” is a track that sees Drax doing some soul searching through the honest truths, dilemmas, and hardships he goes through in the world he is exploring throughout Brand New Vision. “Into The Dark” features Sleeping With Sirens’ frontman Kellin Quinn. Next comes the two singles, “Personal” and “A Million Pieces,” which the latter of the two tracks tells a story of self-forgiveness and self-love. Once again from the perspective of Drax.
The album’s lead single, “Heartbeat,” is about the frustration one holds in when you feel like you’re unable to fully express yourself in any way. “Heartbeat” essentially is a call for independence; an anthem for individuality. The track, just like majority of the tracks on their EP, Retrograde, sees the return of the use of vocal effects, as slight as it is. “Distant” sees the band take a nice change of course to a gloomy little pop number. The darkness, despair, and hopelessness remain at the forefront for the following track, “No One’s Listening.” On the album closing, “Be The Same,” Drax shares his stance on not wanting to accept the reality he is living in, and all the changes he is and isn’t going through.
Point North wrote a honest, vulnerable, and civilized album with the main objective to inspire it’s listeners and to spread good into the world. Point North’s driving message to it’s listeners with Brand New Vision is that it’s okay to feel discomfort, it’s okay to acknowledge that you’re reaching for a change, it’s okay to say, “I don’t want to be the same.”