Words By Stephanie Moore
Good Things Festival’s inaugural event is rapidly approaching, and the excitement around the monster line-up is palpable. We’re particularly pumped to see some wicked local acts on the bill, including Western Sydney lads Northlane. Despite having made statements in February this year that they would be taking a break after the first half of the year – which was particularly full with Download Festival and their busy European summer touring schedule – it seems the local legends couldn’t stay away from the stage and have signed themselves on to kick start your summer.
Since forming in 2009, Northlane have demonstrated that they deserve their position as one of Australia’s premier metalcore bands. Their debut album ‘Discoveries’ made it to Number 49 on the ARIA charts, followed up by a win for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album in 2015 with ‘Node’, and a debut at Number 3 for last years’ ‘Mesmer’. Despite some challenges and changes to line-up over the years, the now steady and seemingly unbeatable combination of Jonathon Deiley and Josh Smith on guitars, Alex Milovic on the bass, Nic Pettersen behind the drums and Marcus Bridge’s belting vocals has secured their legacy in the Australian metal scene.
In addition to producing tidy studio work, Northlane are no strangers to the stage and have cemented their reputation here and overseas as powerful performers. Their last tour, in support of ‘Mesmer’, was a smash hit both here and in Europe. The boys from the band to go way back however, with their touring and release schedule being one to envy. Playing with the likes of August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, House Vs Hurricanes, and Karnivool just to name a few. It is their strong stage presence which has seen some of their greatest acclaim – from the early days of mosh pits and floor-moving breakdowns, to the later addition of crazy outfits and larger stage ‘shows’. Their beating basslines that pound through your chest and raw emotional tunes that hit to the core are just a small selection of the reasons crowds keep coming back for more.
The digital release ‘Analog Futures’, which hit streaming platforms earlier this year, provides a sample of what you can expect from the boys at Good Things (if you haven’t had the chance to catch them before). Recorded during the Mesmer world tour, the group have hand picked ten of their best live recordings for your pleasure – and boy what a pleasure it is.
Now, approaching ten years since the release of their debut EP ‘Hollow Existence’, Northlane are showing no signs of slowing down. The vibrant and visceral tones of the 5-piece Sydney act are improving with age, as they hone and perfect their signature sound. Their latest single, Vultures, sees vocalist Bridge unleash his best work yet, responding to the criticism and weight of expectation he has received since taking over as front man in 2015. Vultures is raw, aggressive and honest- yet simultaneously Northlane’s most mature and refined work yet. The band has undoubtedly reached new heights with vocals that hold your attention, perfectly balanced by tight guitars and driving percussion.
If there is only one reason to hit up Good Things this year – then this is it. Make sure you check the boys out when they hit the stage in either Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne in December.
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