The Northern Light is a brand-new indie/alt-rock band from Seattle. The band was formed in 2016 to record their debut EP with Jeremy Serwer at Etruria in Seattle. David Pollon is the lead singer and guitarist. Kip Rondorf and Carl Larsson are the band’s drummer and bassist, respectively. The founder of this great band, David Pollon, performed at the Seattle Acoustic Festival later that year, to the audience’s delight. The band returned in 2019 to record their DIY album.
The band released “Waiting For the Flood” as a new single on November 1st, 2022, and it is currently streamable on all platforms. The band goes on to describe how their new song, “Waiting for the Flood,” expresses the idea that truth is being kept back until it manifests in reality. This incredible track is thought to have been greatly influenced by the music of Jane’s Addiction, Rush, and Neil Young.
There is no question that “waiting for the flood” will undoubtedly capture the hearts of many more admirers throughout the world. NORTHERN LIGHT’s prior releases have so far helped them earn a considerable level of popularity in Seattle.
In response to their music being likened to some of their highly regarded musical idols, northern light has expressed some excitement.
The band discusses their new album and the band in an interview, answering any queries that fans may have.
Who are the band members and what do they play?
The Northern Light includes songwriter, guitarist-singer David Pollon, bassist Carl Larsson and drummer Kip Rondorf.
How and where did you get together?
David played in the alt-folk scene in Seattle for years performing songs on acoustic guitar until he felt the need to bring a bigger
band sound to his music. Kip and Carl joined up after being found on social media in and around Seattle. David played events such
as the Seattle Acoustic Festival in 2017. Our first EP was recorded in 2016 with Jeremy Serwer at Etruria in Seattle and then our
first full-band record DIY was recorded in October of 2019.
What are the band’s main influences?
Main influences include Neil Young and RUSH but there’s also some Jane’s Addiction in there.
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals, or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
We play many shows in and around the Seattle area. Our next show is on 11/17 at Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline. We’re making plans
for our first tour in summer 2023 to bring our music out. We plan to do a loop down to Portland, out to Boise, up to Missoula, and back through WA state.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band has been involved with
that would be of interest to those who like your music?
We’re a bunch of Dads in a business that is focused on really young people. It feels like we’re doing this backward but it means
that our music draws upon a lot of life experience, raising our kids and trying to make our way in the world, and making a lot of mistakes along the way.
Do you have any favorable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you’d be happy to share?
Here are some nice things that were said about us when we released our first record in 2019. “The new, self-produced, self-titled album from The Northern Light is a stunning work of low-fi, indie rock gold, with compositions that are fully realized, but still raw and kinetic. The rhythms are tight and the guitar tones are thick, underlying Pollon’s own emotive, passionate vocal delivery. It’s a record well worth the long wait.” — Rain City Collective — November 14, 2019 “With emotionally charged songwriting, The Northern Light’s new album is a trip through introspection.” — Dan’s Tunes — December 11, 2019 “I appreciate a down tone on vocals that allows instruments to take lead. Appropriately upsetting burn on the lead guitar and pace drag on rhythm. Sounds like regret. ?” — Our fan Terri reviewing the track ‘Laid Down’ — November 7, 2019 The first full album release from Seattle indie rock band The Northern Light continues their dark and highly personal exploration of themes of despair and redemption. Led by songwriter David Pollon (guitars, vocals) with Arnaud Hugonie (bass) and Kip Rondorf (drums), The Northern Light has built a soundtrack for loneliness, isolation and the vertigo of stumbling over the abyss of lives unraveled by decisions long past…
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
Waiting For The Flood was recorded at 1-Shot Studio in Woodinville, WA. It was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dylan Fant in October 2022.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
Feelings of regret, frustration, and fear of the future. The single draw upon personal experiences as well as the political and environmental climate in the US today.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about?
If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on. Waiting For the Flood is based on holding on too long to truths that must be spoken. Running away and burying those unspoken truths lead to a flood that delivers disaster whether personally or in our society and environment.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release?
Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better. Waiting For The Flood is a new direction for The Northern Light. We’ve moved beyond our older songs which were built to be played by an acoustic singer-songwriter, now our songs are fully integrated with the band with all 3 of us having the freedom to explore the range of our instruments and voice.