Solon and Rachel, long time friends from Silver lake, CA who had both played in separate bands previously, formed the nucleus of the band, and later brought aboard drummer Davey Latter and bassist Ashley Dzerigian. Rachel says, “There isn’t any specific formula for crafting a song – the song will just tell you what it has to be. It can stem from an emotion, which then evolves lyrically or otherwise. Ultimately, when you listen to a song in your bedroom with headphones, it should be able to take you away, maybe on a little journey.”
Listening to the album tends to evoke a couple of emotions that tend to dwell in time: looking back on relationships, looking back at places, and piecing together the present. From the opening delicate piano strokes of the first track, Our Bleeding Hearts (available below), it starts...
Here is a song for the only oneThis desire to examine the past permeates the album. From Telling Lies:
that you know that you never knew
you're still looking for.
Bending backwardsAnd later in the album, you come across City of Sleep (a hauntingly sparse arrangement)...
to look behind
pushing forward, closer in time
follow throughIs the question ever resolved? Pick up the album on May 15th (it's scheduled date of release) to find out for yourself.
reach behind me
see if you remember me
come with me
to that place where
we remember what to be
In the meantime, here's a chance to win the following:
Simply leave a comment (or e-mail me) with your name, e-mail, and where you would want to travel that's north of you. I'll pick a random winner sometime next Saturdayish and notify them via e-mail.
- a signed copy of the album, Trading Twilight for Daylight
- a Great Northern t-shirt
- a pair of tickets to see them live in Boston with Mary Timony on June 13th
Great Northern - Our Bleeding Hearts : Trading Twilight for Daylight
Great Northern - City of Sleep : Trading Twilight for Daylight
Visit their website, their label Eenie Meenie Records, and become their friend on MySpace.
10 San Francisco, CA - Popscene
15 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo [Record release show]
25 Vancouver, BC - TBA *
26 Seattle, WA - TBA *
27 Portland, OR - Holocene *
28 Eugene, OR - Indigo District
29 San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
31 Long Beach, CA - The Prospector
01 San Diego, CA - Beauty Bar
04 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity +
08 Chicago, IL - Shubas +
09 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace [NXNE]
10 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
11 Buffalo, NY - Sound Lab
13 Boston, MA - Middle East +
15 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
+ = w/ Mary Timony
* = w/ Loney, Dear
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-The Fiery Furnaces - Up In The North : Gallowsbird's Bark
Other Points of the Compass
Other Points of the Compass
Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx : The Best Of B-Boy Records
Denison Witmer - East from West : Happy Birthday Denison (original version on Are You A Dreamer?)
R.E.M. - How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us : New Adventures In Hi-Fi