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Points North

Points North

Points North


Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility. From the Avalon Nightclub in Santa Clara to the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, Points North have been turning heads throughout the Bay Area with their powerful performances—drawing comparisons to artists such as Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Rush, and the Dixie Dregs. Eric Barnett (guitar) began playing music at age 5 as a violinist Read more on Last.fm
Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility. From the Avalon Nightclub in Santa Clara to the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, Points North have been turning heads throughout the Bay Area with their powerful performances—drawing comparisons to artists such as Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Rush, and the Dixie Dregs. Eric Barnett (guitar) began playing music at age 5 as a violinist, attending Manhattan School of Music and Juillard summer programs. After switching to guitar, Eric attended GIT in Los Angeles in the late 80's, and played and taught music there until 1991. In the early 90’s Eric worked in New York as a studio musician, including with noted performer/producer Kenny Vance (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan). Eric has shared the stage with national acts as diverse as The Offspring, Henry Rollins, Ween, and The Lemonheads, and most recently (with Points North) the legendary Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG).

Additional recent accomplishments have included an unprecedented 18 month stint as the Pro champion on the respected music competition site guitarwar.com, and recording the lead track for a videogame to be released internationally on Playstation and Nintendo Wii for Crave Entertainment. Points North represents a long time dream of Eric’s to develop the guitar as a lead instrument and primary voice. Damien Sisson (bass guitar) has been a fixture in the Bay Area for the last several years, establishing himself as a player and performer with some of the area’s best known rock and metal cover bands, including Whiplash (Metallica), Children of the Damned (Iron Maiden), and Junkhead (Alice in Chains). Damien has also had a rising profile with his original music, with the bands Arc, Premeditated, Scarecrow, and now Points North. Damien brings a dynamic combination of technique, feel, and presence that is uniquely suited to the challenges inherent in being a bassist in an instrumental three piece band. Kevin Aiello (drums) is a seasoned, veteran drummer who grew up in the SF Bay Area. Having played in many working bands over the years covering many styles, Kevin brings versatility and an amazing range of musical knowledge to Points North.

A long-time fan of instrumental music, Kevin's solid foundation and visually exciting approach is the perfect compliment and adds a fine finish to Points North. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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