Northlane was formed in 2009 in Western Sydney. The band is named after the 2007 song "North Lane" by British metalcore band Architects. Their debut EP, "Hollow Existence", was released in 2010. The EP was received well and the band toured Australia relentlessly in to support its release.
In late 2011, the band signed to the UNFD record label, who released their first studio album, Discoveries. The album was followed by the Discoveries tour around Australia, and tours supporting August Burns Red and House Vs Hurricane shortly afterwards. Parkway Drive took them on the Sick Summer tour in February 2012.
In September 2012, the band went to Canada on tour with Counterparts and Stray from the Path. At the end of the tour, they settled in New York City to record their new album with Will Putney.
In December 2012 the band toured with in arenas with Parkway Drive on their "Atlas" tour in Australia.
In January 2013 the band completed a tour across regional Australia with In Hearts Wake and Endless Heights as supporting acts, in support of their new single "Worldeater". They also played in Adelaide at The Cavern to make up for their missed flight the previous month. In most shows the band leaked a new song titled "Masquerade". Northlane played at the 2013 Soundwave festival and Pushover 2013 alongside other Australian hardcore acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Amity Affliction and In Hearts Wake.
A music video for the song "Quantum Flux" from Singularity was released on 22 February 2013. It achieved mainstream success, debuting at #14 on the ARIA Australian Artists Top 20 Singles Chart in the week of 4 March 2013. On 22 March 2013, Northlane released their second studio album, Singularity. It went to #1 in the Australian iTunes albums chart, and debuted at #3 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. "Singularity" received critical acclaim around the world. It was nominated for Triple J's "J Award Album Of The Year" as one of the 10 best albums of 2013, and was voted as the Best album of 2013 on both The Racket and Short Fast Loud. In the Blunt Magazine readers poll, Northlane took home a multitude of awards in 2013 including "Band Of The Year", "Album of The Year" and "Best Vocalist". iTunes Australia nominated "Singularity" as one of the most notable albums of 2013.
The "Singularity" tour in Australia included Structures, Stray from the Path and Statues. In August they supported Karnivool around Australia.
Northlane made their United States touring debut in November 2013, touring nationally with Veil Of Maya and Structures. In January 2014 they played on the Big Day Out touring festival, before touring the USA with Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men and Issues on the American Dream tour. In March and April they supported Architects on a 39 date tour of Europe and the UK. Northlane announced that they would curate their own festival called FREE YOUR MIND, with the first tour taking place in May 2014 in Australia. Northlane headlined the festival with support from Thy Art Is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. All dates on the tour sold out in advance. Northlane appeared on the cover of Blunt Magazine in the April edition prior to Free Your Mind. It was after this tour that Northlane became activists and heavily supported many charities including The Smith Family by donating used drums sticks and guitars
It was announced in September 2014 that founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes would be leaving the band. Northlane issued a statement via their Facebook page, citing an impact on Fitipaldes' health as the catalyst. Northlane also announced that they will be accepting audition videos for a new vocalist.
On 14 October, Northlane announced that they had found their new vocalist. Two days later, they announced that they were shooting a music video together for a new song, titled "Rot". The track was recorded with producer Will Putney in Sydney shortly after being written.Describing the new single as "one of the heaviest Northlane tracks ever", the band released the song on 20 November and the new vocalist was identified as Marcus Bridge.
The band announced that in March 2015, they'll be recording a third full-length album with Putney. The album will be titled Node and will be released on July 24, 2015.Guitarist Josh Smith stated that Node will feature "a lot more ambience and rhythm section driven stuff" as well as "more depth and dynamics" and possibly more clean vocals. Additionally, in 2015, the band hopes to perform in New Zealand, South East Asia, Portugal and, in the summer, Germany. They also hope to do a headline tour of the UK some time after playing Download Festival there.