We had a fucking killer time at Good Things Festival over the weekend (and are still paying for it now) but one of the best things we loved was sitting down and having some killer chats with bands from the lineup for our Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall podcast special episode.
Marcus Bridge of Northlane was first up and we got talking about him no longer being the “new kid” in the band (since Brendon Padjasek of STRUCTURES fame joined back in November), and how he feels about not having that pressure on his back anymore:
“It’s cool, it’s a new chapter I guess and I think it’s a bit easier to bring in someone who isn’t the voice of a band as well. The vibes been so good, he’s slipped in so quickly”
But, due to Brendon’s previous history/relationship with the band already, Marcus still, in a way, kinda feels like he’s the “new guy” in comparison, but assured us there’s no rivalry between the pair:
“…he’s got a Singularity tattoo from the Singularity Tour [in] 2013 when Structures came through, so he’s almost more part of the band than I am already…”
“He’s actually so similar to me, like we just talk so much crap, so is no hard feelings”
Non-existent rivalries aside, podcast host Browny turned the subject to the future of Northlane and what this means with Brendon Padjasek‘s involvement (and musical experiences), and as it turns out, he’s already getting his hands dirty as Marcus explained:
“For anyone else in the band besides Jon [Deiley], it’s very hard to try and write the kind of music he does, he’s got a very clear idea in his head of what he wants to do. But, that being said over the years we’ve all been getting a lot more involved in the process and already Brendons way more involved than like I would have been when I first joined, whether it’s just coming up with vocal ideas or whatever, we’re just trying to slowly write stuff and he’s already kinda giving a huge input…”
“That being said, I don’t think the core way we write music’s gonna change, I think it’ll always still start with Jon’s idea”
Which makes sense because as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But a new set of experienced ears from the band’s new bassist/vocalist would definitely help to pick up certain aspects that may have been missing in the past OR add them in, like the opportunity to have twice the screaming now with both Brendon and Marcus on singing duties… So, naturally, we hit him up to see if that was a possibility:
“Absolutely. Yeah it’s cool. So we just did that last Euro Tour and it was really cool just how our voices blend together and just having someone else to pick up some of the slack for some of the vocal stuff, its been a game changer.”
We’re moist in anticipation for what’s to come from the band… Check out our coverage of Good Things Festival Melbourne (and Brendon Padjasek‘s first Australian show) right here.