Press Kit

CONTACT:
northernstrangers@gmail.com

GENRE:
Psychedelic Folk Rock

HOMETOWN:
Los Angeles, CA

MEMBERS:
Dan Graul – Guitar; Vocals
Rebecca Norris – Keyboards; Synth; Vocals
Will Norris – Bass; Vocals
Jonathan Santin – Drums; Vocals

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SHORT BIO:

Northern Strangers formed in 2010, out of a collective love for classic psychedelic rock music from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Doors, Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Beatles and CSNY/Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The members’ varied musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to jazz to reggae to folk to musical theatre and beyond, provide a distinct flavor of psychedelic fun. The band describe their sound as Psychedelic Folk Adventure. Northern Strangers’ lineup consists of Dan Graul (Guitar/Vocals), Rebecca Graul (Keyboards/Accordion/Vocals), Will Norris (Bass/Vocals) and Jonathan Santin (Drums/Percussion). The band quickly built a reputation for themselves by playing energetically charged live sets throughout their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, Northern Strangers released their second original full length album “Where The River Goes,” recorded and produced by Long Beach music scene legend and all around guru of peace and love, Antoine Arvizu (Sublime, Ryan Bingham, Marc Ford) at The Compound Studio The work, a psychedelic meditation on danger, truth and possibility, has been featured on indie music blogs such as Folk Is Not Happy, GetMetal.org and Open Up and Say, plus many others. The album has enjoyed radio play around the world, on stations featuring all kinds of music from prog rock to celtic folk. In 2016, Northern Strangers released a wacky, silent film era music video for their cover of Paul Simon’s “Richard Cory.” The video was released in promotion of the band’s first shows in New Orleans during Jazzfest 2016. They played all around the city at spots like Neutral Ground Coffee House, Buffa’s Lounge and a Street Fair at Pirate’s Alley. Fall 2016 saw the band touring to Colorado to headline Black Mountain Family Reunion Music and Arts Festival for the fourth year running. On Valentine’s Day 2017 Dan released a music video to promote his new folk music project Fox Warriors. The video features footage from Dan and Rebecca’s adventures around America’s National Parks and all proceeds from the track will go to benefit the National Parks Service and Park Rangers. Northern Strangers have two new music videos in the works (to be released Spring and Summer of 2017); and they are hard at work on an inspired, new EP titled “Make America Love Again.”

LONG BIO:

Northern Strangers formed in 2010, out of a collective love for classic psychedelic rock music from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Doors, Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Beatles and CSNY/Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The members’ varied musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to jazz to reggae to folk to musical theatre and beyond, provide a distinct flavor of psychedelic fun. Northern Strangers quickly built a reputation for themselves by playing energetically charged live sets throughout Los Angeles, CA.

Whether playing at the smallest of dive bars or eventually headlining historic rock n’ roll venues such as The Viper Room or The Roxy, the band became known for playing with emotion and putting on one hell of a live show. In 2012 for a Halloween show, Northern Strangers took on the ambitious pursuit of playing Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ in it’s entirety, complete with all sound effects, voiceovers, etc. and syncing everything up live on stage to a video projection. After the success of the show, the band quickly began performing more and more of Pink Floyd’s classic albums for crowds around Los Angeles.

From its inception, the group has been comprised of Dan Graul (guitar, bass, vocals) and brother/sister duo Rebecca Norris (keyboards, synth, vocals) and Will Norris (bass, guitar, vocals). Each coming from a background of singing and songwriting, Northern Strangers has never needed to rely on a lead singer or songwriter. The group is a true collaborative effort, with a sound characterized by the trio’s signature, rich harmonies.

In 2013 Northern Strangers recorded and released their debut album ‘Monsters!’ A folk rock concept piece, the album was praised by indie music blog Musical Seduction as ‘smooth, energetic, romantic, fun, and thought provoking’ as well as ‘absolutely wild and unique!’ 2013 also saw Northern Strangers take on their first tour, culminating in a slot at Black Mountain Family Reunion, a music and arts festival in Guffey, Colorado where the band has since become an annual staple.

Rebecca, Dan and Will met current percussionist Jonathan Santin in 2014. The drummer brought a fresh energy into the group; and the quartet excitedly set to work on the process of creating ‘Where The River Goes.’ They spent the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 honing new material and trying ideas out in a live setting. In search of a more collaborative recording process, the band enlisted Long Beach based music veteran Antoine Arvizu (Sublime, Ryan Bingham, Free Moral Agents, Avi Buffalo) to produce and record their album at The Compound Studio. Arvizu helped Northern Strangers hone their sprawling psychedelic folk sound into a focused offering that highlights the group’s picturesque songwriting, while still affording the four musicians opportune moments to spread out and show off their organic, rocking group dynamic.

In 2016, Northern Strangers released a wacky, silent film era music video for their cover of Paul Simon’s “Richard Cory.” The video was released in promotion of the band’s first shows in New Orleans during Jazzfest 2016. They played all around the city at spots like Neutral Ground Coffee House, Buffa’s Lounge and a Street Fair at Pirate’s Alley. Fall 2016 saw the band touring to Colorado to headline Black Mountain Family Reunion Music and Arts Festival for the fourth year running. On Valentine’s Day 2017 Dan released a music video to promote his new folk music project Fox Warriors. The video features footage from Dan and Rebecca’s adventures around America’s National Parks and all proceeds from the track will go to benefit the National Parks Service and Park Rangers. Northern Strangers have two new music videos in the works (to be released Spring and Summer of 2017); and they are hard at work on an inspired, new EP titled “Make America Love Again.”

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PRESS:

“When I look for new music, I am always open to anything that comes my way, but I am especially pleased when it’s something that is different. Something that I haven’t ever really heard before. Even if it means taking a few sounds such as “Creedence Clearwater Revival” and “The 5th Dimension”, merging them together with a twist of originality to blend it perfectly. That is what you get with Northern Strangers. Their album “Monsters” does just that and has something for everyone. It’s smooth, energetic, romantic, fun, and thought provoking. When they describe their sound as “Psychedelic Folk” they know what they’re talking about. It’s absolutely wild and unique. You definitely need to download this album (It’s free too, what!?) and give it a listen.”
– Willow Raine, Musical Seduction (Apr 10, 2013)

“Interview with The Colorado Springs Independent in advance of a Tribute to Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon at The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO – “Ultimately, though, the album itself is what Graul most reveres. “All the musical themes are just so good, and the concepts, dealing with mortality and humanity and people fighting each other, are totally timeless. I think one of the reasons it’s so popular is that it hits people in a really deep place in their minds and their hearts. Every time we play it, we discover something new.””
– Bill Forman, Colorado Springs Independent (Sep 04, 2013)

“Northern Strangers’ Pink Floyd Tribute Show at Barkley Ballroom in Frisco, CO named in Summit Daily New’s Top 5 Things to do in Summit County, CO 9/4/14”
– Summit Daily News (Sep 04, 2014)