Having been one of Australia’s largest rising heavy acts over the last few years, Northlane’s upcoming album, Alien, understandably has an incredible amount of hype surrounding it. Having been described as their rawest and harshest piece yet, it appears to be a newer and more personal look at Northlane themselves.
The first single, “Bloodline”, showed this effectively through its powerful lyrics, its angrier vocal tones, and its darker sounding instrumentals. Moving on from that, Northlane have given fans the latest taste of Alien, with their newest single, “Talking Heads”.
Having witnessed this song being played live already at Good Things Festival 2018, I was buzzing to wrap my ears around it yet again. Opening with dark digital effects and leading into bouncy deep verses, this nu-metalesque sound is a healthy change for Northlane. Touched on and hinted at in “Bloodline”, “Talking Heads” sees them take this ball and run with it, as the rough husky guitar and bass tones relentlessly grind in the background. This combines with the tough scream vocals and the technical drums to make for a destructive atmosphere filled with power and aggression.
Inconsistent pacing and a constant shift in tone make for a sense of uncertainty. This supports the mood that the lyrics set, as the frustrated vocals tell a story of isolation, anguish, and torment. The speaker behind the words is trapped in a seemingly never-ending battle with their own mind, they try everything they can to fend them off, but the voices wear them down. The “Talking Heads” run wild on their insides, and shut them down completely as they win the war.
“Talking Heads” is one of Northlane’s darkest and heaviest songs yet, check it out ASAP:
Corridor reveal new song “Domino”
Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.
The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;
“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”
The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.
Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.
Check out the new song “Domino”:
Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”
“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”
Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.
The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;
“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”
Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.
Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.