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Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop

Artist: Nothing

Genre: Alt

Sub-Genres: Shoegaze, guitar noise

Label: Relapse Records

Non-Airable Tracks: None


Dance on the Blacktop is Nothing’s third album. Their frontman, singer and songwriter, Domenic Palermo, was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), for a previous mugging incident he fell victim to. The album takes you through what he is feeling what what it is like dealing with CTE. The disease gives migraines, dizziness, paranoia and memory loss thus the shoegaze sound that clouds over all the lyrics can be paralleled to what it is like in his head. The song I Hate the Flowers, points out the difficulty to appreciate things. They recorded with John Agnello, known for his work with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. It is classic shoegaze. The story behind it is really interesting but I find it lacking in variety of sound, it just blends well together. Also, the cover is really intriguing like who is she??

Sounds Like: My Bloody Valentine

Recommended Tracks: 

  1. I Hate the Flowers

  2. Plastic Migraine

Reviewer’s Name: Javi Perez

Date of Review: 10/10/18

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