Dig Deep: Northern National - "MoneyBlind"

Last year Northern National struck gold with “Love is Fire”, a track off their debut EP that was featured on Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist.  500,000 plays later Northern National is back with “MoneyBlind”, another sure fire hit and the first song the group has written together.  Crate Diggers was lucky enough to witness the song come together in the studio last December and have been waiting for its public release ever since.  Looking to dig deeper into the backstory of the song, we sat down with the man behind the lyrics, keyboardist Michael Kanne.

How did “MoneyBlind” come about and what was the inspiration for the song?

Rossi brought an idea of a guitar line to us in our practice space last fall.  He started melodically singing something over it. All of us as a band started jamming and playing parts and I started writing lyrics down.  The line “sea of gold” is kind of what we started with and from there we wrote everything.

The inspiration for the song came from a conversation I had with my Dad about how early in his life he chased success and put my mom second.  He came to a point where he gave up that success to put my mom first again, and that really stuck with me because that's something that most people don’t do.  So this is written from the point of view of chasing success, and for us as musicians looking for success and money, it's relatable.  It’s an anthem to us, as a band, to always remember where we came from and what's important to us over success and money.

Press the play button below to listen to "MoneyBlind", and follow along as Michael Kanne breaks down the meaning behind his lyrics.

Northern National recording "MoneyBlind" in the studio, December 2016.

You can see Northern National this Friday at House of Blues Dallas, opening for Atlas Genius.  Also don't forget they will also be playing at Crate Diggers 1 Year Anniversary concert on May 12th, you can purchase tickets here!