They may have pulled up stumps on touring Australia for the foreseeable future but that hasn’t ruled Northlane out of releasing new music and that’s exactly what they’ve done today with new single ‘Vultures‘ dropping out of nowhere and holy shit it sounds massive.
The song itself is about the criticism and frustration the band received after frontman Marcus Bridge joined the band back in 2014, taking over from Adrian Fitipaldes as he explains:
“The main message is not having to live up to someone’s expectations or live within someone’s idea of what you should be. It stems from a built-up number of things over the last few years that comes with people expecting what we are supposed to sound like as a band since I’ve come on board. A lot of that stuff that has given us this feeling to want to talk about it. It’s important to be true to yourself and not let anyone mould you in a way that isn’t the way you want to be.”
It seems a lot of bands these days are throwing back at the former fans/heavy music critics who slam something without giving it a chance, more recently Trophy Eyes called out online punks who ripped into the band for their sound too with their song ‘You Can Count On Me‘.
“Just being able to talk about this subject at a point in time where I see Northlane as being our band now, I don’t feel like the new guy anymore. It feels like we are finally doing us and it’s all feeling a lot more natural.” – Marcus Bridge
When we spoke to Marcus during his co-hosting duties on Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall he explained how he overcame those first few years of backlash and now how he’s finally found his place in the band and to be honest, he fuckin belongs there.
If you want to buy the song or if you’re a vinyl collector, there’s a great release available right now here.