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More often than not, a band's sound is directly influenced by its surroundings. Be it the dark and ominous winter or the bright and enthusiastic summer, Northpilot's music pays homage to its Midwestern stomping grounds, incorporating its dynamic sound into a live performance which one reviewer hails as “…being shot through a cannon into a brick wall of sound.“ (Real Detroit Weekly)

The Michigan transplants pooled their talents in 2006, cutting its teeth as a four piece and creating its vision in a second story walk-up in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Having recently upgraded to a 6 piece, the band spent the past 4 years building a solid resume, gracing notable windy city and Midwest mainstays including The ChicagoHouse of Blues, Double Door, Schuba's, Subterranean, Martyr’s, Reggie’s Rock Club, Lager House (Detroit) and The Crofoot (Detroit), sharing the stage with hipster heavyweights Josiah Wolf, The Silent Years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Reptar and pop punk band All Time Low (7-11 Battle of the Bands Competition, July 2010).

In 2007, the band landed a spot in the top 8 of the Lollapalooza Last Band Standing Competition, and was a finalist in the 2010 Slurpee Battle of the Bands National Competition, where its final four status earned it a trip to Dallas to shoot a music video.

In addition to landing weekend headlining shows at many Chicago venues, 2010 saw the band release its debut EP, The Bright Brigade, which continues to generate buzz by entertainment rags and blogs.

During the fall of 2010, nationwide Internet radio outlet Grooveshark reported over 16,000 plays from its debut effort.

It is with this cut-throat determination the band is setting itself up for an exciting 2011 and beyond. It plans to ride its momentum to the next level and cordially invites you to join its Bright Brigade.

Travis Shaver – vocals, guitar
Dan Julian– percussion
Matt Cragnolin – vocals, bass guitar
Justin Vittori – guitar
Danielle Schnurer – vocals, keys


"With The Bright Brigade, the band has sewn together a brilliant patchwork of rock, beautiful melodies and experimentation." - Jason Shough, Loud Loop Press

"Northpilot recognize the tests of life, existential, artistic and all in-between. It is obvious in their debut effort how large of a scope they look at life through; as the band continue to grow, the questions will no doubt become even more poignant." - Andrew Hertzberg, Windy City Rock

"…Northpilot's does what any great EP should do - leave us anxiously awaiting the LP." - Carter Moss, Illinois Entertainer

"Every now and then, a band walks through the door that makes the jukebox come to a halt, forcing everyone in the room to stop and take a look. For Real Detroit Weekly, that certain special someone is Chicago's own Northpilot" - Ryan Hooper, Real Detroit Weekly

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