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Northlane

Marcus Bridge vocals  Jonathon Deiley guitar  |  Josh Smith guitar  Alex Milovic bass  |  Nic Pettersen drums

Biography

All change is growth. And Northlane’s monumental new album Node stands proudly as proof, because frontman Marcus Bridge, guitarists Jonathon Deiley and Josh Smith, bassist Alex Milovic and drummer Nic Pettersen have made the album Northlane always had in them, the songs they always strove for.

Node takes its cues as much from the band’s collective worldview as it does myriad artists from multiple generations. Rather than the existential examinations of their previous albums Discoveries and Singularity, the album takes a much more direct approach. It’s an album fuelled by passion and anger – passion for the world and all its wonders, and anger at what’s being done to it. Everything from the title and the lyrics to the way the band came together to produce their best record yet stands as a hymn to the simple power of human connection.

“I wrote the lyrics on this record to be as relatable as I could while still retaining the core emotion of love, which, like everything on this planet, Northlane was spawned from,” explains Smith. “We are always progressing and growing as people – the music reflects that and so do the lyrics. Discoveries was about seeing your world and who you are with open eyes; Singularity was about realising your potential. And Node is about being the change you want to see in the world and acting on that potential. There’s many things on this Earth that I don’t agree with, that sadden me, that I feel powerless to change. But a spark can start a fire. The power for change rests upon the shoulders of the individual.”

The journey to Node, eventually recorded by long-time collaborator Will Putney, was anything but smooth. Second album Singularity was nominated for awards, critically adored worldwide and triggered an epic tour that comprised three full laps of the globe. And two years ago, Northlane were sitting on a trove of riffs that they thought would form the backbone of their third album, but as 2014 was born, then-vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes departed for health reasons after 18 months on the road leaving a question mark hanging over their future. But from this unrest came something wholly new – after answering an open audition call alongside over 2,000 other hopefuls from around the world, Sydney’s Marcus Bridge emerged as the new frontman, the band wrote, recorded and released the stunning Rot in a few days. Bridge then underwent a baptism of fire, as Northlane supported Parkway Drive for 21 shows in 21 days around Europe before spending six weeks on the road in North America supporting August Burns Red. Of his new bandmate, Smith is effusive. “Marcus has worked beyond what I thought was human to get to the point where he is now,” he says. “He slotted into this band effortlessly and I’m proud to call him one of my closest friends. He’s become the perfect voice for our outspoken ideals.” Bridge joining opened a wormhole for Northlane. His work ethic, his prodigious talent and phenomenal range allowed primary songwriter Deiley more freedom than ever before, which is why Node sounds like the work of a band reborn, and tracks such as the title track and the wonderfully expansive Weightless soar as they do. Buoyed by these new possibilities, to write this album the guitarist sat down at the same time every day for months, carving out a new portfolio of songs everywhere from a frozen tour bus in the Midwest United States to a soggy Manchester and sunbaked New South Wales, and everywhere in between. And when presented with these songs, the creative core of Northlane were able to take these ideas far beyond the exosphere, such is their almost telepathic relationship honed through years of collaboration. “Jon tore himself inside out to create the greatest piece of art he’s constructed to date,” says Smith. “I couldn’t be more proud of him and what he’s selflessly contributed to what we are. He’s innovated and outdone himself yet again, and seamlessly blended decade-old artistic influences which shaped him as a person into his most breathtaking tapestry yet.” And the final result is an album that says loudly that there is always more to be done, but if we reach out we can achieve the impossible. And if we can make a change, everything beautiful will grow.

ACCOLADES FOR NORTHLANE

  • Node #1 ARIA chart debut
  • Node triple j feature album
  • Independent Music Award nomination for Node for Best Independent Heavy Album 2015
  • Singularity (2013) #3 ARIA chart debut
  • Singularity (2013) ARIA award nomination for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
  • Singularity (2013) Nominated for triple j – J Award for Album of the Year
  • Singularity (2013) #1 triple j Short Fast Loud Album of the Year
  • Singularity (2013) #1 triple j The Racket Album of the Year
  • Blunt Magazine ‘Band Of The Year’ & ‘Album Of The Year’ 2013
  • Alternative Press ‘Best International Band’ Nomination 2015
  • Metal Hammer Golden Gods ‘Best New Band’ Nomination 2014
  • Metal Hammer Golden Gods ‘Best Music Video’ Nomination 2015 – “Rot”

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All change is growth. And Northlane’s monumental new album Node stands proudly as proof, because the Sydney based five piece have made the album they always had in them, the songs they always strove for. Node takes its cues as much from the band’s collective worldview as it does myriad artists from multiple generations. Rather than the existential examinations of their previous albums Discoveries and Singularity, the album takes a much more direct approach. It’s an album fuelled by passion and anger – passion for the world and all its wonders, and anger at what’s being done to it. Everything from the title and the lyrics to the way the band came together to produce their best record yet stands as a hymn to the simple power of human connection. Node is out now via UNFD.

Media highlights and accolades:

“Northlane are thinking so much bigger than what is expected of them, and in the process rendering futile any attempts to pigeon-hole them. Hats off, gentlemen”Blunt Magazine

“Northlane have managed to weave together myriad musical elements through an intensely heavy delivery.” 4.5/5 – The Music

“They chose not just to adapt, but to evolve” Music Feeds

“Node pushes metalcore in unexpected, progressive directions, and it does so with grace.”Rolling Stone

“This album is full of ambition, passion and precision.” triple j

“Node isn’t a completely new era; it’s a band wholeheartedly embracing what they’d previously only flirted with.” Rip It Up

“The production is a picture of crystal clear power, and the band’s subtle progressive edge ensures that the musicianship is just a touch above the rest.”Heavy Magazine

Node #1 ARIA chart debut

ARIA award winner for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for Node

Node triple j feature album

Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Award nomination for Node for Best Independent Heavy Album 2015

Voted Best Australian Band of 2015 in Blunt Magazine Readers Choice Awards

Voted Best Australian Albumof 2015 in Blunt Magazine Readers Choice Awards

Singularity (2013) #3 ARIA chart debut

Singularity (2013) ARIA award nomination for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Singularity (2013) Nominated for triple j – J Award for Album of the Year

Singularity (2013) #1 triple j Short Fast Loud Album of the Year

Singularity (2013) #1 triple j The Racket Album of the Year

Blunt Magazine ‘Band Of The Year’ & ‘Album Of The Year’ 2013

Alternative Press ‘Best International Band’ Nomination 2015

Metal Hammer Golden Gods ‘Best New Band’ Nomination 2014

Metal Hammer Golden Gods ‘Best Music Video’ Nomination 2015 – “Rot”

 

Social Media:

Website: http://northlaneband.com/ 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/northlane
Twitter: www.twitter.com/northlane 
Online Merch: http://www.24hundred.net/collections/northlane

Videos:

Quantum Flux : Watch Here | Taken from Singularity (2013)
Dream Awake: Watch Here | Taken from Singularity (2013)
Rot: Watch Here | Single (2014)
Obelisk: Watch Here | Node (2015)
Impulse: Watch Here | Node (2015)

Promo Images

NORTHLANE – JUNE 2015 – HIRES

Album Artwork

Discoveries – Album – Nov 2011 – HIRES
Worldeater – Single – Dec 2012 – HIRES
Singularity – Album – March 2013 – HIRES
Rot – Single – November 2014 – HIRES
Node – Album – July 2015 – HIRES

Biography

Northlane – June 2015 – Bio

Logos

Logo 2015 PDF – HIRES