Alright, we were expecting something a bit special. But we weren't expecting this.
Following the departure of original vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes earlier this year, Australian metalcore heavyweights Northlane went on the search for a new one. Several months, and over 2,000 applications later, they've settled on a new frontman.
In the middle of that picture up there is 23-year-old Sydney-based Marcus Bridge, their newest recruit and down below is his first effort with the band, 'Rot'. Produced by Northlane (with a little help of producer supremo Will Putney over Skype), we're pretty sure you'll agree: this is a staggering return.
Along with the video, the band have penned the following statement welcoming Marcus into the fold:
"We are proud to welcome Marcus Bridge to the Northlane family as our new vocalist. Marcus gave an outstanding audition video and as we spent time with him we found that he was truly the best person for the job.
While we had planned as far back as May to be releasing a single on November 21, it’s been an extremely difficult process to make happen. The fact that we got this done in time is a minor miracle. We’ve never had so much trouble and given so much time and attention to a track before.
Six weeks ago, Northlane didn’t have a vocalist and we didn’t know where to go with our writing, not knowing who would be singing on the new material. But we vowed to find the most unique talent we could, and someone that could help us expand on our sound. Northlane has always been about progression, and we saw our situation as an opportunity. This was never going to be easy, but we took a leap of faith and made the only decision that felt right. And we feel the results will show you just how good our music can be.
We can’t express enough just how proud we are of Marcus, and how stoked we are to be making music with him. 'Rot' is only our first time working together, but It felt right. In March we will have a chance to record an entire album with him, and we couldn’t be more excited for what will come of it. He’s progressed out of sight since he came into the fold, so we can’t wait to see and hear what he will be able to do given a few months.
Now Marcus will be heading on the road with us, playing 21 shows in rooms up to thousands of people across Europe and the UK with Parkway Drive, before coming home to play to 3500 people at UNIFY. He hasn’t really played to more than a few hundred before. Trial by fire is always the best show of someone’s strength. We’re really throwing him in the deep end but he’s got what it takes.
Check out this video we made of us recording 'Rot' as a way to convey our feelings about everything that has happened recently. And thanks for sticking by us through the hardest challenge we’ve ever faced in our career. We wouldn’t have made it out the other side without your ongoing love and support, and we feel stronger and more inspired than we ever have."
'Rot' will be released as a single on November 28, and they're set to start work on their new album with Marcus in the new year.
Oh and if you were wondering, Northlane's upcoming Euro tour dates with Parkway Drive are still going ahead as planned, so if you want to see the new line-up in action, you better get down to one of these shows:
29 - STOCKHOLD (SWE) Arenan
30 - GOTHERNBURG (SWE) Tradgarn
01 - COPENHAGEN (DEN) Amager Bio
02 - BERLIN (GER) Columbiahalle
03 - OFFENBACH (GET) Stadthalle
04 - PRAGUE (CZE) Roxy / Folimanka
05 - MUNCHEN (GER) Zenith)
06 - BUDAPEST (HUN) Barba Negra
07 - WIEN (AUS) Gasometer
08 - BOLOGNA (ITA) Estragon
09 - ZURICH (SWI) Komplex
10 - ANTWERP (BEL) De Waagnatie
11 - TILBURG (HOL) 013
12 - LONDON Roundhouse
13 - NEWCASTLE Academy
14 - GLASGOW Barrowland
15 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
16 - BRISTOL Academy
17 - MANCHESTER Academy
18 - PARIS (FRA) Batalclan
19 - KOLN (GER) Palladium
20 - LEIPZIG (GER) Haus Auensee
21 - HAMBURG (GER) Sporthalle