NothingNothingTired of Tomorrow
13 May 2016
By: Meghan Kearney

You may take the above title as an insult, so I might have picked some deceptive bait. I’ll start by saying, I love hipsters. I live in Portland. I might be a hipster. I use this term endearingly to explain my love for Nothing’s new record Tired of Tomorrow. And I’ll try to say it not as pretentious, but in a way that describes wonderful music (I fancy myself some Deftones as well) that has similar elements to a band like the Deftones, but holds an honest and more unique blend of sounds that is much less mainstream. This record provides just that.

Nothing’s new LP Tired of Tomorrow is full of beautiful melancholy dream rock. Right away, the opening track “Fever Queens” explodes into a perfect combination of heavy guitar and drums soon followed by ambient vocals, showcasing Nothing’s keen sense for blending perfect amounts of dream pop and rock for one wonderful sound.

It’s almost puzzling how Nothing crafts such a kind blend of heavier post-rock instrumentation a fan of artists such as Russian Circles of the Deftones would enjoy and overlays them with soothing shoe-gaze and dream pop tones and vocals more for the likes of Beach House fans. If you listen closely, you can dissect their two polars and hear two almost entirely different bands.

“Vertigo Flowers” is a track that lives up to this sound collaboration with thrashing drums that would assume vocals would open into the same kind of gritty, yelling voice to match. But Domenic Palermo’s soothing vocals dominate the cavorting back beats making the track feel calming, despite its heaviness. “Curse of the Sun” incorporates grungy guitar and more flowing vocals, reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins.

While moving through the album, tracks envelope a more-and-more 90s grunge rock vibe like on tracks “Eaten by Worms,” one of the records loudest. As the album moves towards it close, songs begin to calm. “Everyone is Happy” introduces an acoustic guitar, finishing out softly into “Our Plague” before the record completely shuts down into the closing title track. “Tired of Tomorrow” is a haunting, orchestraic ballad with sullen strings and keys, unlike any others on its namesake.

This record is one of the most artfully craft, start-to-finish gems that have reached our ears in 2016 thus far. Highly recommended for, as I said, anyone that considers themselves a fan of either hard post-rock or quiet shoe-gazy dream pop. From either end of that spectrum, you’ll be sure you to find enjoyment from both sides on Tired of Tomorrow.

You can catch Nothing in the PNW soon!
Seattle – 6/17 – Tractor Tavern, $14
Portland – 6/19 – Mississippi Studios, $12/$14