‘Rot’ (produced via Skype by long-time collaborator Will Putney) was written and recorded by Marcus, guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith, bassist Alex Milovic and drummer Nic Pettersen after a public audition process that saw almost 2,000 hopefuls apply for the position. The 23-year-old singer from Sydney’s first tour will be a mammoth 21 huge shows in 21 days across Europe supporting Parkway Drive.
Fuelled by the critical and popular acclaim won by 2013 sophomore album Singularity, Northlane toured the world twice over 18 months before coming home for a victorious sell-out tour in May / June. The album received glowing reviews and accolades across the world, including J Award and ARIA Award nominations, and awards in the Short Fast Loud, Blunt Magazine and The Racket end-of-year polls.
But during a five-month rest and writing break, frontman Adrian Fitipaldes left the band citing mental and physical exhaustion, prompting an open audition process which began in September. The band spent weeks painstakingly trawling through submissions; Marcus’ video – which is still on YouTube having amassed tens of thousands of views – grabbed their attention and his talent, ideas and attitude make him a natural fit.
After the Parkway Drive tour, the band will head home to play the massive sold out UNIFY Gathering in Victoria. Eleven days later they will embark on a six-week tour of North America with August Burns Red before settling down in New Jersey to record their third album with Will Putney.
A full statement by the band on Marcus Bridge and ‘Rot’ is below.
We are proud to welcome Marcus Bridge to the Northlane family as our new vocalist. Marcus gave an outstanding audition video and as we spent time with him we found that he was truly the best person for the job.
While we had planned as far back as May to be releasing a single on November 21, it’s been an extremely difficult process to make happen. The fact that we got this done in time is a minor miracle. We’ve never had so much trouble and given so much time and attention to a track before.
Six weeks ago, Northlane didn’t have a vocalist and we didn’t know where to go with our writing, not knowing who would be singing on the new material. But we vowed to find the most unique talent we could, and someone that could help us expand on our sound. Northlane has always been about progression, and we saw our situation as an opportunity. This was never going to be easy, but we took a leap of faith and made the only decision that felt right. And we feel the results will show you just how good our music can be.
We can’t express enough just how proud we are of Marcus, and how stoked we are to be making music with him. ‘Rot’ is only our first time working together, but It felt right. In March we will have a chance to record an entire album with him, and we couldn’t be more excited for what will come of it. He’s progressed out of sight since he came into the fold, so we can’t wait to see and hear what he will be able to do given a few months.
Now Marcus will be heading on the road with us, playing 21 shows in rooms up to thousands of people across Europe and the UK with Parkway Drive, before coming home to play to 3500 people at UNIFY. He hasn’t really played to more than a few hundred before. Trial by fire is always the best show of someone’s strength. We’re really throwing him in the deep end but he’s got what it takes.
Check out this video we made of us recording ‘Rot’ as a way to convey our feelings about everything that has happened recently. And thanks for sticking by us through the hardest challenge we’ve ever faced in our career. We wouldn’t have made it out the other side without your ongoing love and support, and we feel stronger and more inspired than we ever have.
Click below to watch the short film
NORTHLANE- UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Sat 29 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden
Sun 30 Nov – Heden, Sweden
Mon 1 Dec – Copenhagen, Denmark
Tue 2 Dec – Berlin, Germany
Wed 3 Dec – Offenbach Am Main, Germany
Thu 4 Dec – Prague, Czech Republic
Fri 5 Dec – Munich, Germany
Sat 6 Dec – Budapest, Hungary
Sun 7 Dec – Wien, Austria
Mon 8 Dec – Bologna, Italy
Tue 9 Dec – Zurich, Switzerland
Wed 10 Dec – Deinze, Belgium
Thu 11 Dec – Tilburg, Netherlands
Fri 12 Dec – London, United Kingdom
Sat 13 Dec – Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Mon 15 Dec – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Tue 16 Dec – Bristol, United Kingdom
Wed 17 Dec – Manchester, United Kingdom
Thu 18 Dec – Paris, France
Sat 20 Dec – Leipzig, Germany
Sun 21 Dec – Hamburg, Germany