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New Music Monday: Northcote explores new passion and genre on ‘Jam Spot Kirtan’

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Victoria and Vancouver Island have a lot of musical talent, and Victoria Buzz wants to highlight some of the best and brightest local artists and bands.

Every Monday, there will be a fresh ‘New Music Monday’ article to help people find and support local artists and bands that are up-and-coming, well established or hidden gems!

For this endeavour, Victoria Buzz has partnered with our good friends at CFUV 101.9 FM, UVic’s campus radio station, to find and select the musicians and bands for this regular column.

This week, Northcote is the New Music Monday highlight!

Northcote is the moniker of internationally recognized Matt Goud, who is fresh off the road from a European and Eastern Canada tour with Chris Cresswell of the Flatliners. 

Goud has been making music for 15 years with this project and on his latest release, Jam Spot Kirtan, he explores a new type of sound, genre and expression. 

His latest experiment with sound leans into a new passion of his—“indie-rock mantra chanting.” 

Looking back, Goud says he sees his career in seasons, with his last couple of records being just the latest one in the rotation. 

It all began for him after his hardcore punk band, Means, broke up and he wanted to continue playing music with other friends who didn’t play hardcore. 

“When I started I was playing in coffee shops, kind of emulating Dallas Green,” Goud told Victoria Buzz. 

“Lots of emo and hardcore guys were doing that.”

Once he got into that, he pretty quickly found himself moving out west from Regina and ended up in Victoria after being somewhat transient in his 20s, touring and balancing his priorities in life and music. 

“Then there was a window from around 2013 to 2017 or about four or five years where I was [touring] full-time,” Goud explained. 

“So that was kind of for the Self-titled record and for Hope is Made of Steel. I was playing a lot of gigs—150 shows a year, something like that.”

He says his sound, through those years and seasons, has evolved based on the goals of where he wanted to play with and who he wanted to share a stage with. 

“Looking back, the songwriting process is the same, it’s just the production of the records that’s different,” said Goud. 

“In the start I wanted to get shows with Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner and Dallas Green or whatever. Then in the next season I’d be like, “I want my songs to be on the radio, so they’re more rock.”

“The heart of the songs is always in a guitar and a notebook,” he added. 

In his latest season, Goud says he is free from the binds of a record label or an agency and is creating music for himself and those around him. 

This led him to experiment with incorporating mantra chanting on his 2023 release, Wholeheart, and to dedicate a whole album to the sound with Jam Sport Kirtan. 

“Five years ago, I took a course at Hemma Acupuncture in Victoria,” Goud said. 

“The course was called ‘Chanting the Bhagavad-Gita’ and I had been going to acupuncture for injuries and to try to quit smoking, and I really liked the chanting.”

He says before he got into mantra chanting he hardly knew if he could sit still for more than five minutes, but he found he really liked it and began researching different chanting traditions. 

Through that, he found a singer named Krishna Das, and they inspired him to dive deeper into the concept with his own music.

“It kind of became part of my everyday music routine,” Goud told Victoria Buzz. 

One song Goud wanted to highlight on Jam Spot Kirtan is “Sri Ram Jai Ram.”

“‘Ram’ is a character that kind of comes to us to help us overcome negativity,” he explained. 

“This is the basic, beginner, childrens basis of my understanding, but Ram overcomes negativity and he goes together with the Sita, so [the lyrics repeat] ‘Sita Ram.’ Hanuman, that’s my guru, he said to have Sita Ram in his heart.”

He says those are the types of things he thinks of during the song and his co-vocalist on that song, Jules Paulson is not only a friend to Goud through one of his chanting groups, but inspires him through their work DJing for noble causes. 

“He has a great voice and is involved locally with [Resonance Collective] who are groups of DJs doing advocacy on social issues—Jules is active in the community… They do some great stuff.”

Preview Jam Spot Kirtan below:

To hear Jam Spot Kirtan in full, find it on Spotify and Apple Music

For a more blended approach to Northcote’s brand of indie-rock mantra chanting, listen to Wholeheart as well. 

Goud says Northcote is hitting the road again in September to play Frank Turner’s festival “Lost Evenings” out in Toronto and before that he hopes to play a show in Victoria this summer, although he is currently waiting for confirmation on when that may be. 

To find out when and where Northcote is playing in Victoria and across Canada, follow him on Instagram or check out his website.


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CFUV is a non-profit campus and community radio station that plays a ton of local music of all kinds across Vancouver Island. If you like to support local music they are an amazing resource with a plethora of new local tunes in their arsenal. 

“What comes to mind for me is I appreciate CFUV’s concert series, Eventide,” Goud said 

“That’s been really great and going a step further, I’ve got lots of love for Troy [Lemberg] who organizes lots of the underground folky and indie shows and the hardcore shows over the years.”

Tune into CFUV 101.9 FM on air or online!

Let us know what you think of Northcote in the comments below.

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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