I always knew, that I would eventually hurt you.
I don’t really use the term “fanboy” that often, but when I do it’s normally directed towards my love affair for the band Nothing. All of my friends know this. Every new person I hang out with soon finds out my love for them, and my closet and record collection say the same thing, obsessed. In 2014 no other band had released an album that completely engulfed my life the way Nothing’s 2014 album Guilty of Everything engulfed me. As far as I am concerned, Nothing was the only band to successfully do the “shoegaze revival” and I still think it’s the heaviest record since Hum- You’d Prefer an Astronaut, but anyways.
Nothing teased “Tired of Tomorrow” with several singles, most notably “Vertigo Flowers”, a raucous cut that picked up right where they left off from Guilty of Everything and their two song split with the infamous band Whirr. “Vertigo Flowers” still remains one of the highlights of the albums weeks after, since it incorporates that wall of “loud-as-fuck noise” that Nothing has gotten so good at pulling off.
That wall of sound is not as common as it was on their previous release, and instead Nothing has focused more on atmospheric, dreamy, quiet, and pretty songs. The track “The Dead Are Dumb” is an example of what Nothing can do when they listen to Joy Division, Ride, and New Order for a week straight. It’s a new taste of Nothing, but shouldn’t be totally unexpected. Guilty of Everything showed promise of a more “matured” or “artistic” side of Nothing, and with this record these realizations come to fruition.
My personal favorite “Curse of the Sun” mixes my favorite parts of a Smashing Pumpkins song with a little bit of Nirvana mixed with the Nothing I love. A roaring leading riff resurfaces over and over throughout the song then a breathy chorus with dirty guitars underneath, all to crash down again. The perfect cocktail for your 90’s hangover and once again proving that I am a sucker for riff.
Nothing continues to show promise and maturation, albeit trading in their big-muff pedals for acoustic guitars and piano on a few songs (“Everyone is Happy”, “Tired of Tomorrow”). And as this album continues to grow and grow with each listen, Tired of Tomorrow is the perfect follow up to their 2014 masterpiece. If you don’t think its heavy enough, go listen to their split or Guilty of Everything on full volume. And if that’s still not heavy enough, why are you even listening in the first place, go pick up an Entombed record.
by Andy Wilcox (@wilco204)