Their fifth LP, Alien, will be released on 2nd August 2019 via UNFD. Vocalist
Marcus Bridge has used this release to speak his personal history, rather than issues in the outside world.
“I was raised in hell but I made it out. Raised in a place I shouldn’t have been, and no child should have been. But I’ve been able to break free,” he said.
Bloodline is the lead single for Alien but it’s also the first song that Northlane wrote when they decided to pen a new record.
The track is the result of a specific process, which Bridge explained: “We decided early on that we wanted to keep the album pretty personal.
“I wanted to tell the stories of my upbringing and the ups and downs that come along with that.”
Northlane teamed up with director Jason Eshraghian on the video, which
follows the abusive relationship between a father and his son.
Eshraghian is best known for his cinematic use of visual effects and layered storytelling.
“We’ve grown as a band together with Jason. He understands the stories we’re trying to tell through our videos,” said Bridge.
“When it came down to the more personal subject, I don’t think it would have been possible to do it with someone we hadn’t worked with before.”
While some long-time listeners might assume that the title Alien is a continuation of the space and futuristic themes that have characterised previous Northlane albums, it’s instead a reflection of the alienation Bridge felt as a child.
“It talks about that idea of growing up in a broken home despite all odds and what might be expected of someone who grows up like that. You are able to be what people think of you and break out of that spiral, that terrible world.
“For me, that’s a mix of telling the story simple, but then it also tells some parts of my story in really fine detail. For example, the second verse goes into a lot of moments that I actually remember growing up and these landmarks- all these things I remember seeing.
“This song is a perfect way to sum up the album and also be the first toe in the water to be able to tell this story.”
You can see the band at the following dates:
26 November UK Southampton – Engine Rooms
27 November UK Manchester – Academy 2
29 November UK Glasgow – Garage
30 November UK Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
01 December UK London – Electric Brixton