2017 Viola Award Nominee for Emerging Artist

False North is an Flagstaff based, alternative rock band consisting of Sean Wilson (vocals/guitar), Ryan Orr (lead guitar), Conner Libera (backing vocals/bass), and Greg Grandlienard (drums/percussion). In late summer of 2013, Conner approached Ryan and Sean proposing they form a band. The two quickly agreed, and Conner recruited his former roommate, Greg, to play drums.

Inspired by bands such as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Brand New, Modest Mouse, and The Kooks, False North combines buzz-chimed tones with melodic lyrics and harmonies to create a modern sound all their own.

Though False North gained a following after self-releasing their homemade demo in November 2013, it would not be until March of the next year that the band would play their first live show. False North has since had an abundance of live performances, on pretty much every stage in town as well as some notable statewide venues including The Pressroom in Phoenix, The Apache Lake Music Fest, Tucson’s Skybar and the Orpheum Theater here in Flagstaff. They have opened for national touring acts such as 3Oh!3, Earphunk, Jared and the Mill, and Katastro. In the summer of 2016 the band set out for their first Southwestern tour playing 8 shows in AZ/CA.

False North released their debut album, Burning Fast, on October 30th, 2015. They hosted and album releases show at Firecreek  the following week. In November of 2016 The band was listed in the Phoenix New Times as one of the “10 Flagstaff Bands Phoenix Music Fans Should be Listening to.” 




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