It was a dark and stormy night...
Pardon the bad mystery novel cliche, but it really was an insanely stormy night in Chicago as Great Northern rolled into town for the second night of their latest North American tour.
Thanks to soaring pop singles "Home" and "Into The Sun," it's easy to associate Great Northern with their homebase of Los Angeles. Songs like those sound they would be perfectly tailored for cruising down the Santa Monica freeway with the top down and the stereo up. However, if you dig deeper into their full-length record, you'll find the band is every bit at home providing the soundtrack to a dark ride in the middle of nowhere with the top up and wipers on. Thus, the dark setting of this night actually provided a great backdrop for the performance, which was further accentuated by the more intimate confines of Subterranean and by all the Christmas lights and electric candles the band brought to adorn the stage.
I had just seen Great Northern live for the first time at Schubas last month, so obviously this performance wasn't drastically different, but I'd probably have to say I liked them even more the second time around. Most of this was undoubtedly due to how everything just happened to come together aesthetically, but I think the band was feeling it a bit more as well. Best of luck to everyone keeping up the momentum, as they said in our recent interview, they've got a loooong road ahead of them on tour.