Northlane have released their brand-new single “Talking Heads” taken from their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Alien“, out August 2nd via UNFD. You can pre-order “Alien” here. “Alien” is available as Exclusive Vinyl, CD and Merchandise options in limited quantities worldwide via unfdstore.com.
“‘Talking Heads’ talks about the insecurities and anxiety that come with growing up in a violent home with drug addicted parents. That trauma had made it difficult to express my thoughts and ideas in the past, both emotionally and creatively”, says vocalist, Marcus Bridge.
He adds: “We started working on this song pretty early in the process and I think writing it actually started to erase a lot of that insecurity, helping me open up a lot more for the rest of ‘Alien’. I think it’s important to know that there are a lot of people who feel the same way. I hope with this song and the issues talked about on rest of the album, that people will start to feel comfortable opening up about their past, turning it from a weakness to a strength in the process”.
In support of “Alien“, Northlane will be heading to Europe in November and December for a headline tour supported by Silent Planet and Void of Vision. Check out the tour dates below.
(support: Silent Planet, Void of Vision)
23rd November France, Paris – Le Gibus
24th November Belgium, Antwerp – Zappa
3rd December Netherlands, Haarlem – Patronaat
4th December Denmark, Copenhagen – Hotel Cecil
5th December Sweden, Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
7th December Finland, Helsinki – On The Rocks
9th December Sweden, Gothenburg – Trädgårn
12th December Poland, Warsaw – Proxima
14th December Czech Republic, Prague – Palac Akropolis
19 December Luxembourg – Den Atelieer
For a band that has traditionally focused on wider issues in the outside world, “Alien” is easily the most personal statement of their career. “I was raised in hell but I made it out”, says Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge. “Raised in a place I shouldn’t have been, and no child should have been. But I’ve been able to break free”.
While some long-time listeners might assume that the title “Alien” is a continuation of the space and futuristic themes that have characterised previous Northlane albums, it’s instead 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”.
Produced by the Northlane themselves, the album was recorded at Chris Blancato’s studio in Sydney, where the band 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“.
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 Heavy Metal Album, an accolade also awarded to “Mesmer” – but Northlane are in no mood to play it safe.
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