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Northlane hits stride with ‘spacey’ sound, will visit Gladdy

FAME FOUND: Self-labelled ‘galactic-core’ outfit Northlane will headline in Gladstone on Friday, June 28.
FAME FOUND: Self-labelled ‘galactic-core’ outfit Northlane will headline in Gladstone on Friday, June 28. Contributed

NORTHLANE'S career started down struggle lane.

That's the best way to describe how it all began for this heavy, melodic band that has since continued to capture fans around the globe.

After returning from a tour in Canada, Northlane is getting set to take a ride across far north Queensland, and it will arrive in Gladstone to perform at the tennis club on Friday, June 28.

Guitarist Josh Smith said the band was looking forward to heading to north Queensland.

"I'm a really big fan of Australia in general," he said.

Smith said the band, currently halfway through a tour in Western Australia, was starting to feel the exhaustion from performing non-stop.

"We're all pretty run down," he said.

"We've been on tour for about the last six weeks and had about three weeks off.

"We just got back from Canada and went straight into an Australian tour."

The band offers unique heavy metal music, but when asked to pin-point exactly what genre the band's music falls into, Smith was lost for words.

"That's actually a really, really good question," he said.

"The music can be super heavy and dark in parts but in other parts, big soundscapes and super melodic.

"It balances out to take you on a bit of a journey when you listen to it."

In one of the band's first ever interviews, someone asked the same question.

A little stumped as to what to answer, the boys created a genre of their own.

"We had a joke that we were a galactic-core band," Smith said.

"There's a lot of strange sounds that aren't typically heard in metal - it sounds a little spacey."

Since being signed up, the five-piece outfit has continued to rise in fame with its own group of devoted followers.

It was good to put ourselves on the map - in mainstream - and make all the industry people take notice of us.

Yet things did not always look so bright for the boys.

"We've been going for about three-and-a-half years," Smith said.

"In the grand scheme of things it isn't very long at all."

He said they initially had a lot of tough times before getting signed.

"The first time we went to north Queensland, we were sleeping in our van and living off two-minute noodles because we couldn't afford to eat anything."

Another earlier experience, in 2009, saw the guys dealing with a little rejection on stage.

"I think it was Mackay - we were playing last and when the doors opened there were almost 200 people.

"By the time we played there were more people on the stage than in the audience.

"That was the type of stuff we dealt with back then."

Looking back, the guys seem happy with how far they have come.

"It was pretty rough," Smith said. He and other band members dropped out of university, or lost their jobs in order to build up the band.

"It we weren't signed when we were we may not be a band today."

Smith said Northlane's second album, Singularity, charted number three on the Arias.

"It was good to put ourselves on the map - in mainstream - and make all the industry people take notice of us," he said.

Though money is still not flooding into their bank accounts, Smith said the guys loved touring and travelling the world while playing music they loved.

"I wouldn't give it up for anything," he said.

"We're getting to travel the world for free.

"It's an experience you can't put a dollar tag on."

The band

  • Adrian Fitipaldes, vocals
  • Jon Deiley, guitar
  • Josh Smith, guitar
  • Alex Milovic, bass
  • Nic Pettersen, drums

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