Words & Photos by Lori Gutman

I met up with Marcus, Alex, Josh, Jon, and Nic in Montreal just a few minutes before they got some amazing news: their long-awaited shipment had finally arrived, and it included, amongst other things, their cricket gear. The guys were unbelievably excited, and, after going down to La Tulipe’s basement and rummaging through the crates, they headed upstairs to play for a bit before they had to start loading in.

Once they loaded in, Northlane started getting their instruments set up and ready for sound check. By the time load-in was over for everyone, the venue floor was completely covered with every band’s gear. Jon may or may not have tried locking Marcus in one of the empty cases. Marcus may or may not have pretended to drive that case with an iPad as the steering wheel. “Vroom vroom!”

Although it was running a bit late, it was finally time for sound check. As this was an early show (the 4pm doors were pushed to 4:30!), fans were lined up and anxiously waiting by the time sound check ended. While most chose to head inside to get a prime spot in the crowd, a couple stayed outside to talk and hang with the guys instead.

After chilling outside with fans for a bit, I followed Marcus down to the green room for some down time and relaxation before their set. We ended up bonding over cute dogs on Instagram – most notably @marniethedog and @jiffpom (honorable mentions: I introduced him to the cuteness that is @thedogist and @buddyboowaggytails, and he showed me the wonderful world of @slowmotiondogs).

People came and went during the hour or two I spent down there, but one thing definitely stayed constant–the concern that the ceiling might actually cave in. The very evident up-and-down movement of the ceiling started during Oceans Ate Alaska, and as the night went on and In Hearts Wake and Like Moths To Flames took the stage, the shaking only intensified.

At some point, the guys contemplated what to tweet at Volumes (#beef). Finally, it was almost time for Northlane to go on, and they prepared for their set by stretching and getting themselves amped up. While everyone headed upstairs, Marcus stayed behind for a couple of minutes to do some vocal warm-ups. They started the set off with “Obelisk,” before going into “Leech” and then “Rot.” Impressively enough, half of the setlist came from 2014’s Singularity (“Quantum Flux,” “Aspire,” “Genesis,” “Scarab,” “Dream Awake”) and 2011’s Discoveries (“Dispossession”), and Marcus performed all the songs as if he’d been singing them for years. During the encore, “Masquerade,” Josh crowd surfed before coming back on stage and interacting with the fans alongside Marcus.

After a killer set, the guys waited for the floor to clear out so they could pack up and load out. Alex decided to work out and lift Nic’s drums a bit because why not? Marcus then headed over to the merch tables to sign stuff and take photos with fans. Once the venue emptied out, the guys hung out with and talked to fans until they had to leave. Shout-out to the dedicated fan who continued crowd surfing after breaking his nose!

Although this North American leg of the Node Tour is over, the guys aren’t slowing down any time soon. They’ll be touring Australia and Europe this fall, as well as co-headlining another North American tour with Volumes in November and December. Check out all the dates below, and definitely make sure to see them if they’re playing in your area!

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European Tour (w/ Volumes, The Acacia Strain, Hellions)

Oct 01 – Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
Oct 02 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
Oct 03 – Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 04 – Fleece – Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 05 – Asylum – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 06 – Classic Grand – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 07 – Club Academy – Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 08 – O2 Islington Academy – London, United Kingdom
Oct 09 – Talking Heads – Southampton, United Kingdom
Oct 10 – Backstage – Paris, France
Oct 11 – Saint des Seins – Toulouse, France
Oct 12 – Sala Caracol – Madrid, Spain
Oct 13 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Oct 14 – MJC O Totem – Lyon, France
Oct 15 – Kiff – Aarau, Switzerland
Oct 16 – Honky Tonky – Milano, Italy
Oct 17 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
Oct 18 – Arena – Wien, Austria
Oct 19 – Durer Kurt – Budapest, Hungary
Oct 20 – Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, Poland
Oct 21 – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
Oct 22 – Logo – Hamburg, Germany
Oct 23 – Klubben – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 24 – Sub Scene – Oslo, Norway
Oct 26 – Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
Oct 28 – Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 29 – Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 30 – Underground – Koln, Germany

Australian Tour (w/ August Burns Red, Like Moths To Flames, Buried In Verona, Ocean Grove)

Nov 04MetropolisFremantle 18+
Nov 05 – HQ – Adelaide
Nov 06 – 170 RussellMelbourne 18+
Nov 07 – 170 RussellMelbourne
Nov 08170 RussellMelbourne 18+
Nov 12RoundhouseSydney
Nov 14The TriffidBrisbane 18+
Nov 15The TriffidBrisbane

North American Tour (w/ Volumes, Cane Hill, Coldrain)

Nov 19 – El Corazon – Seattle
Nov 20 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland
Nov 22 – The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City
Nov 23 – Marquis Theater – Denver
Nov 24 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence
Nov 25 – Fubar – St. Louis
Nov 27 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago
Nov 28 – The Shelter – Detroit
Nov 29 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland
Nov 30 – Waiting Room – Buffalo
Dec 1 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston
Dec 3 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York
Dec 4 – GameChangerWorld – New Jersey
Dec 5 – Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington
Dec 6 – The Masquerade – Atlanta
Dec 8 – Underbelly – Jacksonville
Dec 9 – The Orpheum – Tampa
Dec 10 – Zydeco – Birmingham
Dec 11 – Tomcats – Fort Worth
Dec 12 – Dirty Dog Bar – Austin
Dec 14 – Basement at Club 101 – El Paso
Dec 15 – Nile Theater – Mesa
Dec 16 – Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles
Dec 17 – Soma – San Diego
Dec 18 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim
Dec 19 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale

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