Northlane tell us all about Mesmer!
March 27, 2017 |
Australian metalcorers Northlane surprised everyone when they dropped new album Mesmer on Friday (March 24th)! We were let in on the secret (check out our review here) and we spoke to vocalist Marcus Bridge to find out all about the record among other things!
You decided to spontaneously release new album Mesmer today (March 24th) without any publicity. How did you come up with the idea?
We wanted to do something special for the people who have been waiting patiently and for those who have stuck by us through all our ups and downs. We wanted them to be able to listen to Mesmer as soon as they knew it existed.
Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration for the record?
There were are a lot of different subjects throughout Mesmer. Things we've touched on before and some more personal stories too. Songs like Solar talk about our planet being drained of its natural resources by man and on the other end of the spectrum, we speak about loss and death of family and friends. It was important for me to be able to express these more personal ideas.
In comparison to Node (2015), how do you think Mesmer has shown your progression as a band?
When we recorded Node, I had only been in the band for about 5 months, with 3 or four of those being on the road. Joining Northlane was so new and I still had a lot to learn. It's been 3 years now and I think we are all a lot more comfortable. We are more focused and sure of what we want to create but we're also willing to take risks and try things we haven't done before.
The entire album sounds brilliant, do you have a favourite track?
My favourite song would have to be either Heartmachine or Render. Heartmachine is a very personal one for me and was very therapeutic to write, while I love Render for its high energy and technicality.