Posts Tagged ‘Nothing’

Nothing are red-hot nowadays. Quite understandable being that they’re a great band putting out some great music. Their Guilty of Everything LP sold out with the quickness and a repress was issued. Just as limited as the initial run, this one is on tri-color vinyl and the jacket art has been reversed. I think that reversing or even altogether changing the artwork on reissues and represses is always a nice touch. Adds a newness to the release.

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Limited to 500 copies for mailorder only from Relapse, as mentioned it sold out quick. Regular black copies are still available. Don’t sleep on this band or record if you have so far.

And now to hunt down and butter someone up for the ever-elusive clear friends-only version of the record. C’mon Relapse, you know want to give it to me! Unless. I already have it.

Hmmmmm….

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Ya know. This is one of those albums that I have been eagerly anticipating since it had been announced and even more so after seeing the band last year with Whirr in Tampa. Needless to say, expectations were high for this. And this sure as hell delivered. Nothing have upped the ante from their previous recordings and hit one out of the park with Guilty Of Everything.

I can spare you all the details and review-like nonsense. If you’ve listened to this album and band, then you know. But hey, if you feel inclined to read  more clinical approach for a review, peep this here then.

The album itself is awesome. Design-wise and packaging are sparse and minimal which hints at allowing the music to speak for itself. That’s the kind of stuff I love about some releases. Let’s not get too hung up on cover art or design but instead focus on the music. The cover itself is simple in  the embossed white flag. It works.

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Three editions/colors made for this one. The white vinyl with regular cover. Also on black vinyl. And a more deluxe edition that has a wraparound o-card and the vinyl is a white and black split. It also came with a slipmat.

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As with any and all Relapse Records releases, there is always elusive clear vinyl edition limited to 100 which is always for bands and employees of the label. Every so often some pop up on eBay and Discogs at absurd prices.

And speaking of Relapse. Some people have taken it upon themselves to shit all over the band because they are with Relapse, a predominantly metal and heavy music label. Why get so wrapped up in that detail? Sure, it’s an odd signing choice, but isn’t what matters most is that the band will be on a solid label that will push them and get them greater exposure? Look at a label like Deathwish Inc. They’re purveyors of aggressive music but have also released some non-heavy bands and music. Hell, they put out the Death Of Lovers EP!

Just enjoy the music for what it is. How hard is that?

And oh yeah. The pressing info on this release thus far: Black/White deluxe /500; White /750; Black /1,250; Clear /100.

Get Well.

Ever since this whole newgaze scene exploded, I got hooked as I’ve always been a big fan of the whole shoegaze and Brit-pop music from the ’90s that it has so influenced it. It’s a resurgence of noisy shoegaze and dream pop. Some bands have taken a more aggressive and inventive approach and of course two of those bands are Whirr and Nothing. I could easily post at length at how much I’m into both and have sought out everything they’ve put out. As an ardent fanboy, of course I’ve also looked into other side band any member have been in or are currently doing.

Most notably in recent months is Death Of Lovers. They came about  in a collaboration of members of Whirr and Nothing after the two bands tour together last year. Two already-great bands coming together? I was giddy as a schoolgirl to say the least. After a few months of speculation and teasing, their debut EP, Buried Under A World Of Roses,  was release by Deathwish Inc. To say that it’s a slice of noisy shoegaze heaven would be an understatement. It’s a solid EP, although short in just four songs, and it’s so complex and layered that each listen yields something new.

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Death Of Lover is comprised of Nick Bassett  of Whirr, Domenic Palermo, Brandon Setta, and Kyle Kimball, all of Nothing, and keyboardist Cecilia Liu. All together have created something unique and simply beautiful. I am floored at how much I love this EP and band. Call it a new obsession. Then again isn’t all music that you love basically an obsession?

One thing I have to say about the vinyl colors and overall package design is that they’re all unique. In a way simple and ornate but I feel that they overall point is just that: simplicity and a sense of minimalism to allow the music to speak for itself. And boy, does it. Ever listened to music so intense and emotionally heavy that it makes your heart ache and you shed a tear or two? That’s what I get from Death Of Lovers.

Further down the rabbit hole I also came across Night Sins, which is the other band that Nothing drummer Kyle Kimball is in. In Night Sins, Kimball is the vocalist mainly but also the principal songwriter. So it basically it’s his project. They have a sound that is akin to Sisters Of Mercy and solidly 80’s Goth. Insanely layered as well and a lot going on to take it. In 2012 they release their debut LP, New Grave, on Italian label Avant!

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And now most recently this year, Night Sins put out their second LP, To London or The Lake. Again, another example of post-goth music executed flawlessly.

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If you keep following me down the rabbit hole still, we now find Swan Dive. This is the other band from Nothing guitarist Brandon Setta. Swan Dive are still  within the newgaze genre and style but a little more noisy and punk. There is a faster pace to their music that puts them on another level and goes beyond what the other bands are doing. They just put our their debut 7″ EP, Fly Toward The Sun. A few colors available for this one in a very limited run.

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Any fan and lover of music will agree that it’s always fun to track down and listen to any and all related bands of a band you love. I know I do. It expands the sound palette and exposes you to new music. Isn’t that the point at times of listening to music?

I always stress out that I will never have enough time in my life to listen to all the music and records and bands that are out there which appeal to me. I guess obsessing over certain bands and their roots and off-shoots are a good way to remedy that stress. Right?

I recently reviewed the Death Of LoversBuried Under A World Of Roses EP over at the music site I write for. Feel free to peep that review here.