Great Northern have already been polishing their chops as quite an amazing live band. Over half of the band was, or still is, in Earlimart. And as you can guess half of the tracks here really sound like lost b-sides to Treble and Tremble. Whatever, that's to be expected. When you share that much of your life traveling with a band it's not surprising that it may rub-off on your music. But the deciding factor in Great Northern's lovability and original take on indie rock is Rachel's voice and keyboard treatments. Vocals are the main focus with this band 'The Middle' is the lead-off track and is reminiscent of Electric Light Orchestra, a very warm-70's sounding vibe. 'Into the Sun' reminds me of those L.A. fossils That Dog with it's harmonious chorus, straight ahead rock guitars, and hand-claps aplenty. 'Our Bleeding Hearts' channels The Carpenters with it's melancholy piano and rich vocal delivery. The obvious musical drive of Great Northern is their ability to pull off some beautiful three-part vocal harmonies which add extra layers of sugar to each song. The Bats EP is a strong demonstration of talent and melody.
Rating: Highly Recommended