Splitting the difference between heavy-metal darkness and shimmering shoegaze beauty, Philadelphia band Nothing bring the beautiful noise to Ramsgate on June 29th!
This will sound absolutely gigantic. Blissful melancholy awaits…
“A melancholy blend of shoegaze, hardcore and alt rock overlaid, with dark and dreamy vocals” – NME
Philadelphia band Nothing revolves around the songs and vision of Domenic Palermo. The group’s walls of distorted guitars and pummelling drums are topped by angelic vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. Their debut album, 2014’s Guilty of Everything, struck a chord with metal and shoegaze fans, and while subsequent albums dialled back the heaviness, they replaced it with a soaring pop sound and some soul-searching lyrics, particularly on 2018’s Dance on the Blacktop, which dealt with Palermo’s health issues.
A new lineup began work on the group’s latest album in early 2020, just as the U.S. began lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They headed to a studio outside of Philadelphia and ended up quarantining together with producer Will Yip for five weeks as they recorded what became their fourth album, The Great Dismal. Overdubs were later added by harpist Mary Lattimore, violinist Shelley Weiss, and Alex G. The finished product was released in November of 2020 and recaptured the heavy textures of their debut while showing off the refined melodic sensibilities they’d honed over the years.
“It has everything one could want from a shoegaze album” – Beats Per Minute
“Somehow encompassing the best characteristics of grunge jam bands, melancholy shoegaze and whatever the hell alt-rock is” – Exclaim
“Colourful progressive dream pop and shoegaze bites” – The Wire