New pop magic

Founded by Seattle drummer and composer Adam Kozie (Pollens, Led To Sea, En Canto), Northern Thorns has operated as a musical collective performing original driving dance rock since 2014.

 

Northern Thorns at Spacecraft, Adam Kozie, Mike Sparks, Ian Williams

Influences

Northern Thorns is most heavily influenced by an obsession with mid- to late-70s Afropop, and especially Zaire-Congo soukous, cavacha and rumba rock. Orchestres Kiam, Viva La Musica, Zaiko Langa-Langa, OK/TPOK Jazz, Lipua-Lipua, Kamale, Bansomi Lay-Lay, Sinza Kotoko, Vévé, Stukas, Shama-Shama and Mabatalai are all strong influences, as well as Guinea’s Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, and Ghanaian highlife acts like Okukuseku Band and Kyeremateng Stars.

 

Alumni

  • Adam Kozie – composer, drums, lead vocals
  • Isaac Castillo – bass guitar, vocals
  • John Coons – vocals
  • Beth Fleenor – percussion, vocals
  • Tristan Gianola – lead guitar
  • Whitney Lyman – percussion, vocals
  • Mike Sparks – bass guitar, vocals
  • Scott Teske – bass guitar
  • Angel Weaver – vocals
  • Ian Williams – rhythm guitar, vocals, trumpet
  • Jamie Maschler – percussion, vocals
  • Sam Esecson – percussion
  • Lalo Bello – percussion
  • Jared Borkowski – lead guitar, vocals
  • Ronan Delisle – rhythm guitar

 

Northern Thorns SpaceCraft Photo Booth