Well, talk about a huge day for progressive metalcore outfit Northlane. Where should we even start? Not only did the band release a new single, a new music video and announce a new album but the Australian outfit has also revealed a new US tour.
Hitting the states in support of their forthcoming album Alien (due out August 2nd via UNFD), Northlane will be touring alongside Erra, Currents and Crystal Lake starting August 14th in San Francisco.
As for their heavy new synth-driven single titled “Bloodline,” frontman Marcus Bridge says: “‘Bloodline’ was one of the first songs that came about in the writing process for the album. When we were trying to decide what we wanted to write about, we decided early on that we wanted to keep the album pretty personal. I wanted to tell the stories of my upbringing and the ups and downs that come along with that."
Bridge went on to add, “[‘Bloodline’] talks about that idea of growing up in a broken home despite all odds and what might be expected of someone who grows up like that. You are able to be what people think of you and break out of that spiral, that terrible world. For me, that’s a mix of telling the story simple, but then it also tells some parts of my story in really fine detail. For example, the second verse goes into a lot of moments that I actually remember growing up and these landmarks — all these things I remember seeing. This song is a perfect way to sum up the album and also be the first toe in the water to be able to tell this story.”
Opening up about the band’s new video directed by Jason Eshraghian, Bridge says: “It was a pretty clear choice to work with Jason, who has done all our videos since I’ve joined the band. We’ve grown as a band together with Jason. He understands the stories we’re trying to tell through our videos. When it came down to the more personal subject, I don’t think it would have been possible to do it with someone we hadn’t worked with before because I don’t know if I would have felt comfortable having someone that we hadn’t worked with before telling this story and someone that doesn’t really know me and know how I want to tell this story.”
“Jason delivered again, and this video is one of my favorite videos that I have ever done,” Bridge continued. “It goes into some fine detail once again about that environment of growing up around parents who use drugs, violent parents and all that stuff that a lot of people do deal with that maybe don’t feel comfortable talking about. This video is going to make you feel pretty uncomfortable, but I think it’s a story that isn’t really told often enough."
For your first taste of Northlane’s highly anticipated album Alien, be sure to look below. Afterward, for album pre-orders, head here.
ALIEN TRACK LISTING:
01) "Details Matter”
04) “Talking Heads”
8/14 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
8/16 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
8/17 — Vancouver, BC — Bitmore Cabaret
8/18 — Portland, OR — Bossanova Ballroom
8/20 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
8/21 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theater
8/23 — Minneapolis, MN — Amsterdam
8/24 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
8/25 — Detroit, MI — The Shelter
8/27 — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom
8/28 — Pittsburgh, PA — Rex Theater
8/29 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club
8/30 — Montreal, QC — Fairmount
8/31 — Boston, MA — Brighton Music Hall
9/01 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theater
9/03 — Philadelphia, PA — The Foundry
9/04 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
9/05 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
9/06 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
9/07 — Tampa, FL — Orpheum
9/09 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
9/10 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey
9/11 — San Antonio, TX — Paper Tiger
9/13 — Mesa, AZ — Nile Theater
9/14 — Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction
9/15 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom