Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy VIC
August 2nd, 2019
The anticipation for this free one-off exclusive show was immense. Having released a brand new album titled Alien (our review here) only a matter of hours prior added to the hype to see one of Australia’s biggest bands within the metalcore scene play these songs in a live setting.
As I arrived at the venue, I was blown away by the length of the line to enter the venue; it must have been at least 1km long. With the most committed fans having waited at the front for ten plus hours. I walked into a very dark and small band room and noticed a tiny stage which was taken up mostly by the drum kit. The room quickly became flooded with fans eagerly awaiting to witness the incredibly talented five-piece. As the clock struck nine o’clock loud cheering arose from the back of the packed band room as Northlane walked through the punters followed by cameras to get to the stage.
The energy was high as they kicked things off with opening song ‘Talking Heads‘. From the very first note struck, the crowd were making the most of their free entry by moshing and jumping around. It was hard not to get involved as everyone around me in the 200 capacity venue was showing the love for the band in their own way. Playing a healthy mix of old, new, soft and heavy songs, the crowd seemed to love every second of it, although the new songs which have never been played in a live setting before such as ‘Details Matter’, ‘Freefall’, ‘Bloodline’ and ‘4D’ were definite fan favourites.
Northlane were INSANE at their Alien Launch last night. More on that soon, but enjoy this video of ‘Details Matter’ in the meantime! Are you still thrashing the album?
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Despite playing on an incredibly small stage, each band member managed to move around, headbang and engage with the audience in different ways which goes to show just how well adjusted this band is. The band’s newest member, Brendon Padjasek, did an incredible job on back up vocals, proving he may have been Northlane‘s missing piece of the puzzle. Frontman Marcus Bridge did an astounding job on vocals, hitting every note on the mark and sounding just as he does recorded which is something that isn’t far too common nowadays.
Giving back to the fans seems to be something this act loves to do, and this show is a prime example of that. It was great to hear brand new and familiar songs from a band that helped shape the scene we thrive in today. If you were unfortunate enough to miss this show, make sure you head down to the Northlane‘s upcoming world tour.
Gig Review by Adam Rice (@adamrice1994)
Revisit Northlane frontman Marcus Bridge co-hosting our Wall of Sound: Up Against the Wall podcast chatting all things Alien right here
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