The Northstar Session has the best combination of "Wilco's neo-country glow, and Travis' earnest optimism," says LA's Music Connection Magazine.
According to The Santa Barbara Independent, "Whoever said catchy, straightforward pop-rock couldn't be artfully done, clearly has not heard The Northstar Session."
And Matt Malley, founding member of the rock band Counting Crow's, calls this Southern-California rock band, "brilliant" and "thrilling!"
Originally the artistic outlet of songwriter and guitarist, Matt Szlachetka (Boston, MA) as early as 2004, The Northstar Session didn't become the band you hear today until Szlachetka moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and met up with drummer/songwriter, Kane McGee (Los Angeles, CA), and keyboardist/songwriter, Dave Basaraba (Portland, OR). Since then, the 3 have written and recorded 2 EP's and a full-length record -- with 2 more EP's due out later in 2010. A prolific song-writing team, they tour both acoustically as a trio , and as a four-piece rock band, adding bass guitar from the talented multi-instrumentalist and friend of the band, Shiben Bhattacharya (Austin, TX).
Influenced heavily by the rock and roll sound that was emanating from Hollywood and the surrounding areas in the 1960's and 1970's, The Northstar Session has chosen to pay homage to many of these bands by recording all of their releases to date in studios in historic Laurel Canyon. This Laurel Canyon experience is obvious in their music, and is often reminiscent of styles you've heard before -- pop melodies with creative harmonies and countermelodies that harken back to bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Delaney and Bonnie, Little Feat, and countless others.
The Northstar Session is ultimately a new, fresh take on the generations-old rock and roll tradition.
To Be Continued... (2007 EP)
New Prehistoric Times (2008 CD)
Winter Collection (2010 EP)
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