Release date: 4 March 2014
Attempted murder and aggravated assault are not uncommon charges in some music circles, but how often do you hear of an artist who spent four honest-to-god years soul-searching afterwards while combating extreme depression and anxiety about his past? That’s exactly what we have here on Nothing’s full-length debut, Guilty of Everything, written and fronted by Dominic Palermo. Focusing on an artist’s history risks overshadowing their current accomplishments, but here it is unnecessary to divorce the two. Palermo himself has made no attempt to hide his checkered past, as seen by the first and closing tracks, “Hymn to the Pillory” and “Guilty of Everything” respectively. The shifty, MBV-esque delay-heavy shoegaze is juxtaposed with the intensity of early-90s Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins. “Bent Nail” showcases Palermo’s Philadelphia punk roots. Guilty of Everything pushes levels hard, but there are ambient mics that strike me as something from a pre-Hex Bark Psychosis single. A theme of redemption and self-assurance permeates Guilty of Everything; Palermo whispers admonitions and admonishments to either himself or the listener – it’s anyone’s guess, really. Guilty of Everything is perhaps not the most technical or diverse release, but it is certainly one of the more emotional ones in rotation at the moment.
Works for morning shows. Out on Relapse Records.
All clean! Cuts are in bold.
1. Hymn to the Pillory – (4:40)
2. Dig – (4:02)
3. Bent Nail – (2:57)
4. Endlessly – (4:13)
5. Somersault – (4:30)
6. Get Well – (4:32)
7. Beat Around the Bush – (4:05)
8. B&E – (5:18)
9. Guilty of Everything – (4:23)
RIYL: The Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Kitchens of Distinction, Ringo Deathstarr, A Place to Bury Strangers