Northlane perfects the live album, rather than reinvent it.
Northlane, a Metalcore outfit from Sydney Australia has been on the fringes of my musical radar for a long time, I’ve known of them, even know a few tracks by ear, but had never sat down and listened to them much other than their cover on UNFD’s Tribute to Silverchair.
But all that changes, thanks to their latest release, Analog Future, a collection of live tracks taken from across the globe during a recent tour. Normally I wouldn’t review a live album but I couldn’t resist this one as it proves I really need to see a Northlane gig now.
I first heard of Analog Future on its release day, the 16th of March since it was all over my social media (I follow both the band and the label UNFD) and thought this was the perfect chance to really give them a go. Even after realising it was a 'best of' live album I still had a listen and became hooked from the first few bars. If you record a shit show, you will get a worse copy, but a good one will be amazing all round and that is what Analog Future is, a series of great sounding tracks taken from a bunch of different shows and converted to an awesome album. It made me think of how much effort they must put into their gigs.
But that is the point of live albums though isn’t it? To either help fans relive an amazing show or convince others that forking out your hard earned cash to see a band live is totally worth it. I can confirm Northlane has succeeded in the latter for me.
Analog Future has more or less been played on a constant loop for the past two weeks, and while I might not consider myself a full blown fan, I do really want to see them perform live, the evidence has sold me over 100%.
So if you are reading this Northlane, how about a show here in London soon with label mates Ocean Grove... That would be one hell of a night.
I decided to go with the music video of one of my favourite tracks, 'Citizen' since we couldn't find a good live take on it. Enjoy none the less.