Singled Out: 28 North's Call Me Up

05/06/2014
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Don't let anyone tell you that rock is dead. Today 28 North lead singer and guitarist Michael Lindner tells us about their current single "Call Me Up" which comes from their brand new album "The World is on Fire". Here is the story:

"Call Me Up" is a song about keeping love alive. It is a plea from a distant lover for a sign from his belle that she's out there and that he is needed. It is a message that states, no matter what happens to you, I will be there for you, perhaps not in physical presence, for, "I'm not there," but if my body cannot be there to comfort you, at least my voice will be the key to your peace of mind until that glorious moment where I get to hold you. It can be taken literally, I will take anybody's call anytime they need a friend to talk to, but it also counts for our music. "When you're standing at the corner of the end of the road and it's obvious your heart is going to explode, call me up, I'll be right down," could double as, 'put on this song.' I want you to know we all feel pain and music is the universal escape.

When I wrote it I was in a state of confusion with my woman. We fought tooth and nail to be together while I was on the road, but it wasn't really possible at the time. We knew what we signed up for and I was desperate for her to "remind me why we're troubled?" Anyone who travels a lot knows that communication is the key to keeping that love alive, hence "Call Me Up." I am a big advocate for the telephonic exchange that we seem to be shying away from in this text-based society. Emotion comes through loud and clear through the human voice where it can often be lost within the framework of a text message. I've always lived by the rule that when I think of someone, I call them. Friendship and love are the most precious of things, and sometimes all you have to do to keep it alive is, simply, "Call Me Up."

Musically the song flowed out of me start to finish and originally had four more verses. One being, "tell a story don't be boring cause I'm ripe for California, get help now or get out, when traffic is so bad that there's no end in sight and your fists are falling fast at the end of the fight call me up, I'll be right down." At the time of writing it, I was writing songs about California almost daily, and the self-fulfilling prophecy came true as we ended up moving there soon after.

When I randomly met the man who would become our manager, Jerry Heller (Google him) on vacation at a pool in Miami, he asked me to play him some music. I immediately showed him a demo of "Call Me Up." He said, "That's a hit song with the right producer." Originally that was the only song we were going to cut in LA, but the sunshine reeled us in and we stayed for almost three years. Looks like Jerry's ear is as strong as ever.

We are very proud of the success this song has garnered us and seeing people around the country singing it back to us is the highest honor imaginable.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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