Philadelphia’s NOTHING has announced headlining European and UK tour dates from August 10 till September 2. The band will support Car Seat Headrest on select shows in the UK from August 29 till 31. Tickets are on sale this Friday, May 5.
Additionally, NOTHING has shared a live video from the green room at Amoeba Hollywood, recorded on February 24th, 2017. Watch the band perform tracks from the band’s discography and a cover of “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love” by PJ Harvey now at this location.
Vocalist/guitarist Domenic Palermo commented: “Every time we fly to Europe I convince myself that I’m gonna die there. A car wreck or something horrific. I’m not necessarily nervous about it, more or less anxious, but that impending doom is always there, looming over my head.”
NOTHING kicks off the summer at the Tired Hands Brewing Company birthday concert with Baroness and Pallbearer on June 2nd. The band then joins AFI and Souvenirs once again for a string of dates throughout the month (June 3-7 | June 17-20).
NOTHING Tour Dates:
May 13 Saginaw, MI The Red Room Patchwork Fest
Jun 02 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer (With Baroness/Pallbearer)
— US Tour Dates —
Jun 03 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Indoors *
Jun 06 Richmond, VA Strange Matter ¿
Jun 06 Norfolk, VA Norva *
Jun 07 Hartford, CT Webster Theater *
Jun 08 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club +
Jun 09 Akron, OH Musica Akron +
Jun 10 Chicago, IL Wicker Park’s Green
Jun 11 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen ^
Jun 16 Kingston, NY BSP Kingston +
Jun 17 Providence, RI Lupos *
Jun 18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom *
Jun 20 Cleveland, OH HOB *
Jun 22 Portland, ME Aura
¿ With Post Animal
* With AFI and Souvenirs
+ With Souvenirs and Neaux
^ With Souvenirs and RYLRn
— European Tour | All Dates Aug 11 – 28 With Kapitan Korsakov —
Aug 10 Haldern, DE Haldern Pop
Aug 11 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
Aug 13 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia
Aug 14 Warsaw, PL Poglos
Aug 15 Dresden, DE Scheune
Aug 17 Parades de Coura, PT Parades de
Aug 19 Paris, FR Supersonic
Aug 22 Freiburg, DE White Rabbit
Aug 24 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
Aug 25 Groningen, NL Vera
Aug 26 Rotterdam, NL Rotown
Aug 27 London, UK Lexington
Aug 28 Brighton, UK Sticky Mikes
Aug 29 London, UK Forum *
Aug 30 Manchester, UK Ritz *
Aug 31 Leeds, UK Leeds Uni *
Sep 01 Thornhill, UK Electric Fields Festival
Sep 02 Sint-Niklaas, BE Villa Pace
* W/ Car Seat Headrest
People often wonder why Philadelphia’s NOTHING are so damn loud. In the case of many artists, the volume stems from a preoccupation with negativity, misanthropy and the human condition. But while NOTHING’s attitude lines up with these ideas, their personality isn’t one that the band picked from a list of cliches. Instead, it’s one that’s been molded by the band’s own experiences, from family troubles and personal tragedy to a string of bad luck that Murphy’s Law would balk at. And that volume, rather than a selling point, is the only way the band has been able to translate the difficulty of real-life events into musical form.
NOTHING frontman Domenic Palermo got his start as the brains behind the late 90s/early 2000s hardcore/punk act Horror Show in the crime-riddled neighborhoods of Frankford & Kensington in North Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Horror Show’s existence was cut short In 2002, when Palermo took a lengthy hiatus from music, entering a period of personal reflection that led him through a maze of death, negativity and uncertainty. Nicky returned to music in 2010, and founded NOTHING with the release of the demo Poshlost (named for an intense and quintessentially Russian form of spiritual banality). Following the release of Poshlost, Palermo met Brandon Setta, who would bring lush, rich soundscapes and a fresh approach to Palermo’s vision for NOTHING and to the band’s next two EPs, Suns And Lovers (Big Love, 2011) and Downward Years To Come (A389, 2012).
NOTHING then signed to Relapse for their debut 2014 full-length Guilty Of Everything, which was inspired by the events surrounding Palermo’s prison sentence. The album’s genuineness and widespread critical acclaim (from publications such as Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, SPIN, Noisey, The FADER, Vogue and many others) seemed to forecast a new, more positive chapter for NOTHING. The band toured Europe and North America extensively in support of Guilty, and performed at festivals including Osheaga, Roadburn, Firefly, Budweiser Made In America, and SXSW, but this period was unfortunately brief. In summer 2015, while on the eighth consecutive month of a non-stop tour that had seen the band performing with the likes of DIIV, Merchandise, Torche, Failure, Hum and more, Palermo was mugged and badly injured in Oakland, CA. The assault ultimately left Palermo with a fractured skull & orbital, nineteen staples, and a drastically re-shaped perspective about his music and life in a larger sense.
That new mindset, which the band hadn’t been able to realize until Palermo’s injury, forced them to come up for air from the endless touring – “Like when you’re in a car going 100 miles per hour and connect with an oak tree and everything behind you comes smashing forward,” Palermo said. That was the basis for the band’s new record Tired Of Tomorrow, which was recorded over the course of a month at Studio 4 with Will Yip (Title Fight, Superheaven, Touche Amore, etc) this past October. Even since the completion of Tired Of Tomorrow, NOTHING have faced new challenges and difficulties that would certainly have sunk a lesser band. As NOTHING were gearing up to release Tired Of Tomorrow via Collect Records, the band discovered that the label had been funded by the now-infamous hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli. After Collect Records and their entire roster eventually dissolved under the weight of the controversy, NOTHING were left adrift. Former partner Relapse Records got on board with releasing the new album, but NOTHING were not finished with their trials – just this past November, Palermo’s father unexpectedly passed away in a tragic accident, heaping the band with further personal difficulties on top of their professional ones.
Yet throughout all this, the band has always managed to maintain a unique stoicism alongside its apathy, one that extends beyond mere riffs and reverb. All the band’s music, especially Tired of Tomorrow and Guilty Of Everything, have managed to work past, present and future simultaneously into their approach, both musically and thematically. Borrowing from personal memoir and external works alike, NOTHING have worked the deepest influences of their youth & maturation into a package that’s ultimately at its most relevant in the present day. Case in point: Tired Of Tomorrow was written before the Shkreli debacle, but as Palermo sees it, those events only served to strengthen the sentiments and ideas behind Tired Of Tomorrow rather than confuse its message. It’s a mess to think about, but as always, the contradictions and paradoxes of the kind NOTHING harnesses ultimately lead to the greatest revelations, and the band’s personal and tragic path has nonetheless led NOTHING to produce deeply heartfelt and inspiring music. Whichever way you want to look at it, you can’t deny that NOTHING feels good.
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