Northlane

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Northlane
Northlane.jpg
Northlane in 2011
Background information
Origin Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Metalcore, progressive metal
Years active 2009–present
Labels UNFD, Distort, Rise
Members Jon Deiley
Josh Smith
Alex Milovic
Nic Pettersen
Marcus Bridge
Past members Brandon Derby
Adrian Fitipaldes
Mitchell Collier
Simon Anderson

Northlane is an Australian metalcore band from Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, formed in 2009. The band consists of guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith, bassist Alex Milovic, drummer Nic Pettersen and vocalist Marcus Bridge. They are named after the song "North Lane" by Architects. Northlane has released two full-length albums, Discoveries (2011) and Singularity (2013), as well as a 2010 EP, Hollow Existence. They are expected to release their third studio album, Node, in July 2015.

History[edit]

Early years and Discoveries (2009–2012)[edit]

Northlane was formed in 2009 in Western Sydney. The band is named after the 2007 song "North Lane" by British metalcore band Architects.[1] Their debut EP, "Hollow Existence", was released in 2010. The EP was received well and the band toured Australia relentlessly in to support its release.

In late 2011, the band signed to the UNFD record label, who released their first studio album, Discoveries. The album was followed by the Discoveries tour around Australia, and tours supporting August Burns Red and House Vs Hurricane shortly afterwards. Parkway Drive took them on the Sick Summer tour in February 2012.

In September 2012, the band went to Canada on tour with Counterparts and Stray from the Path. At the end of the tour, they settled in New York City to record their new album with Will Putney.

In December 2012 the band toured with in arenas with Parkway Drive on their "Atlas" tour in Australia.

Singularity and Fitipaldes' departure (2013–2014)[edit]

Founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes (here seen performing in Cologne in October 2013) left Northlane and was replaced by Marcus Bridge in late 2014.

In January 2013 the band completed a tour across regional Australia with In Hearts Wake and Endless Heights as supporting acts, in support of their new single "Worldeater". They also played in Adelaide at The Cavern to make up for their missed flight the previous month. In most shows the band leaked a new song titled "Masquerade". Northlane played at the 2013 Soundwave festival and Pushover 2013 alongside other Australian hardcore acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Amity Affliction and In Hearts Wake.

A music video for the song "Quantum Flux" from Singularity was released on 22 February 2013. It achieved mainstream success, debuting at #14 on the ARIA Australian Artists Top 20 Singles Chart in the week of 4 March 2013. On 22 March 2013, Northlane released their second studio album, Singularity. It went to #1 in the Australian iTunes albums chart, and debuted at #3 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. "Singularity" received critical acclaim around the world. It was nominated for Triple J's "J Award Album Of The Year" as one of the 10 best albums of 2013, and was voted as the Best album of 2013 on both The Racket and Short Fast Loud. In the Blunt Magazine readers poll, Northlane took home a multitude of awards in 2013 including "Band Of The Year", "Album of The Year" and "Best Vocalist". iTunes Australia nominated "Singularity" as one of the most notable albums of 2013.

The "Singularity" tour in Australia included Structures, Stray from the Path and Statues. In August they supported Karnivool around Australia.

Northlane made their United States touring debut in November 2013, touring nationally with Veil Of Maya and Structures. In January 2014 they played on the Big Day Out touring festival, before touring the USA with Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men and Issues on the American Dream tour. In March and April they supported Architects on a 39 date tour of Europe and the UK. Northlane announced that they would curate their own festival called FREE YOUR MIND, with the first tour taking place in May 2014 in Australia. Northlane headlined the festival with support from Thy Art Is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. All dates on the tour sold out in advance. Northlane appeared on the cover of Blunt Magazine in the April edition prior to Free Your Mind. It was after this tour that Northlane became activists and heavily supported many charities including The Smith Family by donating used drums sticks and guitars[2]

It was announced in September 2014 that founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes would be leaving the band. Northlane issued a statement via their Facebook page, citing an impact on Fitipaldes' health as the catalyst.[3][4][5] Northlane also announced that they will be accepting audition videos for a new vocalist.[6][7][8][9]

Arrival of Marcus Bridge and Node (2014–present)[edit]

On 14 October, Northlane announced that they had found their new vocalist.[10] Two days later, they announced that they were shooting a music video together for a new song, titled "Rot". The track was recorded with producer Will Putney in Sydney shortly after being written.[11] Describing the new single as "one of the heaviest Northlane tracks ever", the band released the song on 20 November and the new vocalist was identified as Marcus Bridge.[12][13]

The band announced that in March 2015, they'll be recording a third full-length album with Putney. The album will be titled Node and will be released in July.[14] Guitarist Josh Smith stated that Node will feature "a lot more ambience and rhythm section driven stuff"[15] as well as "more depth and dynamics"[16] and possibly more clean vocals.[17] Additionally, in 2015, the band hopes to perform in New Zealand,[18] South East Asia,[19] Portugal[20] and, in the summer, Germany.[21] They also hope to do a headline tour of the UK[22] some time after playing Download Festival there.[23]

Style, influences and songwriting[edit]

Northlane's musical style has been described as metalcore[24] and progressive metal.[25] Guitarist Josh Smith stated in early 2015 that their influences include their favourite metalcore band Architects[26] (whose song "North Lane" they are named after),[1] the Australian progressive rock band Karnivool, the instrumental metal artist Cloudkicker and the alternative rock band Incubus,[27] while some of their other favourite artists are DJ Tiësto, Dirty Loops, Michael Jackson and Tycho,[28] as well as Deadmau5[26] and Bruno Mars,[29] all from the realm of pop and electronic music. While growing up, bassist Alex Milovic's favourite band was the metalcore band Underoath, drummer Nic Pettersen's the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, vocalist Marcus Bridge's the pop punk band Fall Out Boy, guitarist Jon Deiley's the funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smith's the thrash metal band Slayer.[30] The band's favourite Australian bands include the metalcore band In Hearts Wake and the punk rock band The Living End, as well as the unsigned bands Graves, Devastator, Glass Ocean and Endless Heights.[31]

According to Smith, Deiley writes most of the band's guitar/bass tracks,[18] and "before he left, [vocalist] Adrian [Fitipaldes] was writing most of the lyrics. Now it's [Smith] and [new vocalist] Marcus [Bridge] for the most part."[32]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ http://sfmedia.com.au/northlane-announces-local-supports-for-springularity-tour/
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/northlane/posts/767291676645195
  4. ^ http://loudwire.com/northlane-adrian-fitipaldes-statement-about-his-departure
  5. ^ http://www.rocksound.tv/news/read/northlane-vocalist-opens-up-about-departure
  6. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4085955.htm
  7. ^ http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/northlane-share-audition-videos-of-shortlisted-vocalist-candidates/
  8. ^ http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/40654/10-potential-new-Northlane-vocalists
  9. ^ http://www.impericon.com/au/blog/the-10-best-northlane-vocal-audition-videos/
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/northlane/posts/783681731672856
  11. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. when adrian left ["Rot"] was a 30 second idea. The song was mostly written the week before we recorded it. 
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/northlane/posts/783713228336373
  13. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/northlane_to_release_first_single_with_new_singer_next_month
  14. ^ "Northlane to release long-awaited new album, 'Node,' in July". Alternative Press. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Northlane unveil new vocalist Marus Bridge; release thunderous new single 'Rot'". Rock Sound. 
  25. ^ Crane, Matt. "Northlane to release first single with new singer next month". Alternative Press. 
  26. ^ a b "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  31. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "We are Northlane, and we're here to hang" (Reddit AMA). 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  33. ^ Au. "Northlane | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  34. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (6 December 2014). "Taylor Swift Blank Space Spends Third Week Top Of ARIA Singles". Noise11. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
Notes
  1. ^ Simon Anderson performs on the debut album although he was "fired" from the band by the time of its release.