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Nothing

Jimmy Hubbard

Nothing, Culture Abuse, Wrong 

When: Fri., June 10, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $18, $16 in advance
Shoegaze was already plenty nihilistic during its inception a couple of decades ago—what with the towers of deafening, solemn guitar and the wandering paths of doleful, detached vocals—but the revivalists in Philadelphia’s Nothing are much grimmer than your average Ride and more demoralized than Slowdive (with whom they briefly sparred on Twitter a couple years back). The new Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse) says it all right there in the title, and front man Dominic Palermo—who no doubt experienced the drearier side of the planet during the couple of years he spent in prison for stabbing someone—writes tracks that sound like they’re bleeding out, the monolithic melodies carrying a sense of dread rather than tempered zeal. Guitar leads writhe out of the turmoil on tracks like “The Dead Are Dumb,” while “Vertigo Flowers” plays like a sad-sack melodic pop song until Palermo rips the cord and the whir becomes a trudge of ringing cymbals and contorted guitar accents. One of Tired of Tomorrow’s best tracks, the not-so-subtle “Eaten by Worms” is simultaneously monstrous and fragile—not unlike much of the record—but it’s also one of the more explicit lessons in how Palermo uses apathy and detachment to actually get to the crux of his torment.
— Kevin Warwick
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