Northlane – Markthalle Hamburg

Northlane - Markthalle Hamburg

Northlane + support: Silent Planet and Void Of Vision


Northlane + support: Silent Planet and Void Of Vision

“I was raised in hell but I made it out,” says Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge. “Raised in a place I should not have had any children. But I’ve been able to break free. “

Bridge’s lyrics on Alien, the fifth album by Sydney metallers Northlane. For a band that has traditionally focused on issues in the outside world, it is simply the most personal statement of their career.

“I grew up with parents who were heavily addicted to heroin and other things,” says Bridge. “With that addiction came aggression from my dad, my mum not being all there, being around Kings Cross, just places a kid should not be. Especially when you’re growing up in a child. I saw a lot of crazy stuff. “

Stuff like the time a gunman broke down the doorway of the bridge family’s motel room, as outlined in “Freefall”.

We were all staying there close to Kings Cross and the city, where my parents could score, “recalls Bridge. “Some guy storming through the door with a gun pointing at my dad. I’m guessing dad what dealing drugs in his territory or he knew he had money or something. I was seven. That’s something a kid should not see. “

Even one of the quieter songs on the album, “Sleepless” – an intimate, slow drum’n’bass number that incorporates chiming piano alongside dirgey, time-signature confounding riffing His sister’s succumbing to a meth addiction “did not try to stop or did not support”.

“My mum has been drinking alcohol most of her life, she can not help but hide and fall behind,” he says. I just wanted to separate myself from her. That song is saying, even though you’re still here, I’ve already said goodbye. “

Search unflinching lyrical honesty is matched by an astonishingly confronting vocal performance from Bridge.

“When I get into some of these more intense lines, something different is coming out of me,” he nods.

Remarkably, there is hope that this horror, especially on first single “Bloodline”, as Bridge singles, “I was raised in bright, I made it out by myself”.

The whole message in these songs, the song is a moral or an ending – some of them do not, they just tell a story – but the light at the end of the tunnel , I’m going to see these situations and tell myself I’m not going to go down that path. “

Northlane albums, it’s a reflection of the alienation Bridge felt as a child “who grew up in a weird, unusual household and who was bullied at school because of it “.

“But so,” he adds, “it has been Northlane has always been and what is this album is for us. We’ve always been out of band. And I think with this change in music and style, it’s going to be alien to what people would expect us to do. “

Northlane fusing their trademark technical metal brutality with disparate genres in a manner that’s sure to unsettle and confound.

“I wanted to make something really disgusted people,” says guitarist Jon Deiley. “I’m ripping a page out of the rulebook and making that disgusting. And I think that’s the sound of the frustration in me. “

That frustration stems from what Deiley calls “people turning their backs on us”. He includes in that group sections of the music industry and their former bass player Alex Milovic, who left during the writing process. Josh Smith and drummer Nic Pettersen (Brendon Padjasek’s the line-up is completed by guitarist Josh Smith and drummer Nic Pettersen).

“It definitely rocks the boat,” says Deiley of Milovic’s departure. “Cos you think, ‘If you’re leaving, this music must not be very good, otherwise you’ll be seeing it goes.'” So you end up doubting yourself. “

“Northlane curse” was very prominent, “adds Bridge. “Just continuous things going wrong: communication with our label, something on tour not working out, and then our bassist leaving. All the stuff culminates in a big ball of stress. “

Bowed but not broken, the band continued to write, spending more than a year being “very meticulous with our melody ideas, minor musical things,” says Bridge. In the background, they are starting to take care of their career, with guitarist Josh Smith assuming management duties.

“In an energy sense and a financial sense, we’d hit the lowest ever,” says Deiley. “And Josh took the pure and got us out.”

True to Deiley’s word, Alien is an abrasive album musically, merging the worlds of metal and electronic music into one intense, pulverizing whole. “Eclipse” sounds like a metal band and a rave DJ beats each other to a bloody pulp; “Details Matter” fuses angry drum’n’bass with a sickening riff (“If something made me feel sick to listen,” says Deiley, “then that’s the right move to make”); “Talking Heads” ends with a blast of distortion so feral you will wonder if your speakers have blown.

Alien, as Chris Blancato’s studio in Sydney, where Northlane recorded their first EP, 2010’s Hollow Existence. Bridge did his vocals at Sydney’s Electric Sun Studios, where the quintet made their 2011 debut album, Discoveries.

David Bendeth’s (2017’s Mesmer) and Will Putney’s (2013’s Singularity, 2015’s Node), the band’s decision to self-produce Alien not only reflects the clarity of their vision, but also their determination to give this material the care it deserves.

“We just wanted to take a chance and rely on our own instincts of what our music should be,” says Bridge. “I think because of that it’s definitely the most true to us as people.”

For a band marking their 10th anniversary in 2019, Alien is a bold leap forward; The work of a group fighting their way out of their corner by moving forward rather than looking back. Their previous three albums may have debuted in the Top 5 in Australia – with Node Landing at Number One before going on to win an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock or Metal Heavy Metal Album, so get accredited to Mesmer – but Northlane are in no mood to play it safe.

“For me personally, I’m not really satisfied,” says Deiley. “I’ve still got a lot to prove to myself and the world, and I’m sure the other guys feel the same. I like to acknowledge the anniversary and think that’s great, but I like to quickly get that and keep going. Push on to the 20th. ”

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