Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining
musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and
From the Avalon Nightclub in Santa Clara to the Last Day Saloon in Santa
Rosa, Points North have been turning heads throughout the Bay Area with
their powerful performances-drawing comparisons to artists such as Joe
Satriani, Eric Johnson, Rush, and the Dixie Dregs.
Eric Barnett began playing music at age 5 as a violinist, attending
Manhattan School of Music and Juillard summer programs. After switching to
guitar, Eric attended GIT in Los Angeles in the late 80's, and played and
taught music there until 1991. In the early 90's Eric worked in New York as
a studio musician, including with noted performer/producer Kenny Vance (Jay
and the Americans, Steely Dan). Eric has shared the stage with national acts
as diverse as The Offspring, Henry Rollins, Ween, and The Lemonheads, and
most recently (with Points North) the legendary Michael Schenker (UFO,
Scorpions, MSG). Additional recent accomplishments have included an
unprecedented 18 month stint as the Pro champion on the respected music
competition site guitarwar.com, and recording the lead track for a videogame
to be released internationally on Playstation and Nintendo Wii for Crave
Points North represents a long time dream of Eric's to develop the guitar as
a lead instrument and primary voice.
Damien Sisson has been a fixture in the Bay Area for the last several years,
establishing himself as a player and performer with some of the area's best
known rock and metal cover bands, including Whiplash (Metallica), Children
of the Damned (Iron Maiden), and Junkhead (Alice in Chains). Damien has also
had a rising profile with his original music, with the bands Arc,
Premeditated, Scarecrow, and now Points North. Damien brings a dynamic
combination of technique, feel, and presence that is uniquely suited to the
challenges inherent in being a bassist in an instrumental three piece band.
Kevin Aiello is a seasoned, veteran drummer who grew up in the SF Bay Area.
Having played in many working bands over the years covering many styles,
Kevin brings versatility and an amazing range of musical knowledge to Points
North. A long-time fan of instrumental music, Kevin's solid foundation and
visually exciting approach is the perfect compliment and adds a fine finish
to Points North.