Great Northern (indie band)

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Great Northern
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, indie pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Eenie Meenie Records
Associated acts Thirty Seconds to Mars, All Smiles, Sea Wolf, Everest
Website facebook.com/greatnorthernmusic
Members Solon Bixler
Rachel Stolte
Davey Latter
Past members Ashley Dzerigian

Great Northern is a rock group from Los Angeles composed of lead vocalist/keyboardist Rachel Stolte, guitarist/vocalist Solon Bixler (formerly of Thirty Seconds to Mars), and drummer Davey Latter. In 2007, they were signed with the independent label Eenie Meenie Records, where they released their debut album, Trading Twilight For Daylight (2007), and their second album, Remind Me Where the Light Is (2009). They are no longer with Eenie Meenie Records,[not verified in body]. They released their third album Tremors in 2015.

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Trading Twilight for Daylight (2005–2007)[edit]

Great Northern began when Solon Bixler and his friend Rachel Stolte started collaborating with material he had been working on while on tour. After writing songs for about six months, they finally finished the band's debut album, Trading Twilight For Daylight.

The album was recorded at the Donner & Blitzen studio in Arcadia, CA, together with producer/engineer Mathias Schneeberger, whose previous work experience includes Twilight Singers' Joseph Arthur. Having met Schneeberger through a mutual friend, they quickly grew fond of his contributions to the album.

The album title was coined by Rachel Stolte, who said that twilight is her favorite time of day.

Trading Twilight For Daylight was released in the U.S. on May 15, 2007.

Sleepy Eepee and Ashley's departure, 2008[edit]

The EP originally was written and recorded before "Trading Twilight For Daylight", but was re-released with new artwork by Ryan Coscia. Sleepy Eepee was released to stores March 18, 2008.

The song "Home" was used in a 2008 Nissan Murano commercial, advertising a redesigned 2009 Murano. "Home" was also featured in the movie 21 starring Jim Sturgess.[citation needed]

"Home" was an iTunes free Single of the Week in late 2007.[citation needed]

Their song "Low is a Height" was used in the NBA's "There Can Only Be One" commercials; starring Paul Pierce & Mike Bibby and also Dwight Howard & Chris Paul. "Low is a Height" was also featured in a video montage sequence at the end of the 8th Episode of Bones in the third season.[1]

They recorded their song "Into the Sun" in Simlish for the EP The Sims 2: Free Time.

The song "Driveway" was featured at the end of the 18th episode of Grey's Anatomy, in the fifth season. It was also used at the end of The Son, the fifth episode of Friday Night Lights' fourth season.

Ashley Dzerigian was also quietly fired from the band without explanation. She later stated in an interview, "As much as I’d rather not focus on the split, I’d hate for people to think that i left because I chose to. I was fired and it was completely unexpected. Even though I’ve moved on and forgiven my former band mates, it’s a strange subject for me because I was never given a clear/honest reason. But I suppose that’s the way it goes sometimes. Bands are like relationships or marriages. If there’s a lack of communication then something’s eventually going to give. The last thing I’d want is for things to be awkward. I believe everything happens for a reason. If the fallout never happened, I never would have met Jeff Klein or Ed Harcourt. I’m grateful for the time I spent with Great Northern and I genuinely wish them the best in the future." [2]

Remind Me Where The Light Is (2009)[edit]

On April 28, 2009 the band released their second studio album entitled Remind Me Where the Light Is. Wishing to do things differently, Great Northern worked with new producers.[3]

Tremors (2015)[edit]

On September 8, 2010 the band posted via Twitter that for the past three months they have been in the studio recording their third album.[4] As of February 2012, work on the album was still in progress.[5]

Great Northern, now only Solon and Rachel, released three songs on Bandcamp. Holes was released in 2012,[6] Skin of Our Teeth in 2013,[7] and Human in 2014 [8]

On June 12, 2015, Tremors was released on Google Play and Itunes as an appum,[9][10] and on Bandcamp on July 7.[11]

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