Nothing – Dig – Play It Again, Sam

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No Surrender

Nothing’s debut album, Guilty of Everything, depicts a white flag flying against a black backdrop. Traditionally, flying a white flag symbolises surrender. However, the Philidelphia-based shoegaze/noise rock quartet sound like they’ve never surrendered to anything in their whole lives. Their sound is forceful, yet also somehow restrained. Harnessing the sheer power of Deftones and marrying it to the otherworldly ethereal beauty of My Bloody Valentine, the band creates a unique cacophany, never succumbing to expected conventions.

Formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo, who served a two year prison sentence for a stabbing in 2002, Nothing were initially a one man project, releasing a demo tape titled Poshlost that same year. Shortly after the release, Brandon Setta was added to the line-up and brought with him “a lush, rich soundscape and a fresh approach” to Nothing’s music. 

The first release with Setta in the band was 12″ EP called Sons and Lovers. It was limited to 300 copies and released through Japanese boutique label Big Love Records. Following this, they released another EP titled Downward Years To Come through A389 Records. It is a dedication to several poets who have taken their own lives.

“Dig” is taken from their debut album, Guilty of Everything, which was released in March of this year via Relapse Records. It’s a stormer. Chunky, thick guitars and a thundering rhythm section drive the song forward unrelentingly, while the beautiful, restrained Kevin Shields-esque vocals float on the surface like Styrofoam on a Thai beach.

Nothing are currently touring the US, before heading to the UK in November. Check the tour dates below:

07.12.14 – Toledo, OH – The Ottawa Tavern *
07.13.14 – Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
07.14.14 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo %
07.15.14 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean %
07.16.14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme %
07.17.14 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class ^
07.18.14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Night Bazaar $
07.19.14 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Chruch $
07.21.14 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel $
07.22.14 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall $
07.23.14 – Atlanta, GA – Mammal Gallery $
07.24.14 – Orlando, FL – The Social $
07.25.14 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic Nightspot $
07.26.14 – New Orleans, LA – Mudlark %
07.27.14 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s %
07.28.14 – Dallas, TX – Trees %
07.29.14 – Austin, TX – Mohawk %
07.30.14 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls %
07.31.14 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Warehouse %
08.01.14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy %
08.02.14 – San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw Stop %
08.03.14 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym %
08.10.14 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11.21.14 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
11.25.14 – London, UK – Birthdays

* Pity Sex
% Ceremony, Iron Lung
^ Ceremony, Iron Lung, Perfect Pussy
$ Ceremony