Great Northern welcome seasonal changes 

Rachel Stolte happily welcomed Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. She turned the clocks back an hour, sneaked in an extra hour of sleep and waited for the cold weather to start.

It’s more than just the fog andovercast skies. The season symbolizes the polar opposites evoked on "Trading Twilight for Daylight," the first album released by the Los Angeles-based band Great Northern.

"If you could trade the hours in the day for 10 minutes of twilight, it’d be a much more magical life," she said by phone Sunday morning.

"It’s that brief time period where it’s going to be OK and the lighting — it’s like you can hear it even though it doesn’t make any noise. It’s the moment in the day before it gets dark and something happens."

Songs on the 10-track disc, including "Home" and Our Bleeding Hearts," have layers of melodies intertwined with lush piano harmonies, creating a sense of hope, magic and warmth.

The band, not necessarily enthralled with the sunny skies of Los Angeles, welcomes the chance to play in San Francisco this weekend.

"I love overcast cloudy weather and when it’s windy — that’s how San Francisco is a lot. It’s a city by nature. If you don’t grow up in it, it’s better. I’m drawn to Northern California. We talk about moving to Nor Cal all the time."

The band members have a special ritual before driving toward the Yerba Buena Tunnel — everyone makes a wish and hopes for good shows. On Friday, Great Northern opens for Robbers on High Street at Bottom of the Hill, where they will also celebrate the release of "Sleepy Eepee" EP, a collection of five unreleased songs.

The musicians make the best of their long drive by creating games similar to "Celebrity," where someone has to describe a famous person, thing or character without revealing the name. They also keep score and play for prizes such as free coffee. Stolte said it’s amazing how the little things can make you so happy.

In December, Great Northern will take a short break to write songs for a second album. Stolte hopes the next record will be darker, more driven and streamlined.

IF YOU GO Great Northern

(opening for Robbers on High Street)

Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., San Francisco

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $12

Contact: (415) 621-4455 or www.bottomofthehill.com  

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