Nothing

CD Name: 
Guilty of Everything
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saddlebrown
Music Link: 
http://wearenothing.bandcamp.com/album/guilty-of-everything
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<div><i><span>Guilty of Everything</span></i><span> (Relapse) is the full-length debut of hard-rockin&rsquo;, shoegaze quartet <a href="http://wearenothing.bandcamp.com/">Nothing</a>. Co-produced by Jeff Zeigler and the band&rsquo;s Domenic Palermo and Brandon Setto, the record speaks to us through a skilled use of varying/dynamic instrumental tones, consistently juxtaposing Palermo&rsquo;s soft, understated vocals with a musical outpouring that lushly pushes to the forefront.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>&ldquo;Hymn to the Pillory&rdquo; leads in with a simple guitar progression; the accustomed hushed, whispering vocals giving a dreary sense of calm. However, it ushers in the first of many heavy instrumental displays, exploding percussion melding with distorted guitars, until we find Palermo&rsquo;s airy voice reaching out to save us through the sea of chaos. &ldquo;Bent Nail&rdquo; is a quick-hitting, up-tempo surge that towards its conclusion spaciously spreads out, altering the aggressive compositon to a tranquil moment &ldquo;if you feel like letting go.&rdquo; Nothing continues to ride this peaceful wave with an undercurrent of familial themes amid bursts of serrated, distorted guitars and precise drumming in &ldquo;Endlessly.&rdquo; With a creepy, haze-riddled start, &ldquo;Somersault&rdquo; is lead by a shimmering wave of soothing guitar as the vocals assist to shape the song&rsquo;s tone, before an agitated upturn escalates the intensity. While vocals remain at peace, the guitars flex. Opening the door to &ldquo;Get Well,&rdquo; Domenic Palermo leads in with the statement - &ldquo;It&rsquo;s easier than this.&rdquo; The song finds the ideal point where the blending of those half-whispered, confessional vocals with a burning torch of music is both rough around the edges yet not ragged, resulting in a complete realization of force.</span></div> <div><i>&nbsp;</i></div> <div><i><span>Guilty of Everything&nbsp;</span></i><span>closes with its title track, a climber that takes its first steps with a circling guitar pattern and soothsaying vocals. However, as the song elevates, there is a walking tandem of guitar/percussion revealing an open cavernous element, before the band unleashes charges of instrumental dynamite, making its final statement on the album so apropos. <i>Guilty of Everything&nbsp;</i>is a record that confronts the gloomy darkness of life head on and comes through the other side in a cathartic state. It exhibits Nothing&rsquo;s maturation and ability to weather both the calm and the storm, with the historically hard-livin&rsquo; group of former hardcore kids finally finding a more comfortable place close to the edge. - </span><em><span>Michael Colavita</span></em></div>