With Austin Durry
Ray Carlson: Please introduce each member of the band.
Wilder- Bass/backing vocals
John Baumgartner (Johnny Bones)- Trombone/trumpet/euphonium
Ray Carlson: Where did everyone grow up?
“Most of us grew up in and around the Minneapolis area in Minnesota. We’re pretty much
home grown MPLS kids.”
Ray Carlson: At what age did each of you pick up a musical instrument? What instrument did
you each learn first?
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I first learned guitar when I was 9 and my dad gave me a few
lessons. I’m definitely the least musically educated in the band, because those few lessons were
pretty much all I ever got. The writing and singing just kinda came over time with a lot of elbow
Ray Carlson: The music scene is different from city to city. What is it like at home? Is there
strong local support?
Minneapolis is an oasis of musical talent in the midwest. Seriously, so many incredible acts
coming from this city. It’s very locally focused and diverse. I don’t feel like there’s any one genre
that really dominates the scene. I couldn’t ask for a better scene to have grown up in.
Ray Carlson: Do each of you have a favorite band Tshirt you like to wear while performing?
Oh we wouldn’t be caught in a band tee on stage. Haha! We’re a very theme oriented band, so
we always have a tight hold on on stage apparel. I’d say emo-cowboy or goth-western hits the
mark on the image we’re going for.
Ray Carlson: Talk about your current project, Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline
behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the
The Skeleton Man is a 13 part story album set in a post apocalyptic wild west. The story is an
ongoing plot sewn into all 4 of our releases. (3 projects under our old name Marah in the
Mainsail) We had a general story road map from the start, and the song themes, sounds and
lyrics were all derived from that core plot. We’re also incorporating a D&D campaign into the
story so listeners can get even more involved in the world written into these songs.
Ray Carlson: Were there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you all
overcome them, if not what do you think is The Northmen's formula that keeps everyone
Honestly we pretty much fight about everything in some form or another. We like to compare
our relationship as a band to being siblings. Siblings fight and disagree and work through it in the
Ray Carlson: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a
Honestly, for me , it’s about the payoff. The whole process is all to get that final project and get
into the hands of our listeners. Our fans are everything to us and seeing them love what we
create always makes the work worthwhile.
Ray Carlson: In this fast-paced digital world of music how does a band stand out in the river of
Spotify and YouTube nowadays?
It’s definitely hard to get mass attention in the endless ocean of new music. We focus really
heavily on our live show, so we always get a really good response at festivals and on tour. We’re
fortunate enough to have a relatively small, but extremely passionate fan base we can always
rely on. I think that's the new name of the game in the music industry for independent bands.
Authentic relationships with fans are really what support us and keep the music alive. With
Patreon and Kickstarter we can make up the financial gap left by the streaming world and keep
doing things the way we want to do them.
Ray Carlson: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where
do you see yourself as an artist/band in 2019/2020 and beyond?
We’re really hoping to hit the festival circuits this coming year. Hoping to tour a lot, make a
bunch of videos, and few other cool projects we have cooking up. Our end goal is honestly just
to make a sustainable living doing what we love to do.
Ray Carlson: A final piece of advice you wish someone had given you ten years ago?
I’d say don’t trust everybody that presents an opportunity for you. Early on there are a lot of big
talkers trying to take advantage of young artists. Keep a sharp eye out for them.