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Interview: Nothington

NothingtonNothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.

Read the interview here.

   
Nothington

Nothington

Jay Northington, Chris Matulich

Red Scare Industries
By on February 22, 2017 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Nothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.


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Nothington

Nothington

In The End

Red Scare Industries
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When Nothington’s debut full length, All In, dropped back in 2007, it was eye opening for me.  I had just started reviewing music for the punk scene I idolized as a kid, and at the time I was freelancing via a primitive DIY Blogspot account.  I never reviewed All In for my blog, mostly because I just couldn’t articulate how much it meant to me.  In retrospect, Nothington’s hold on me stemmed from their ability to so lucidly straddle the line between punk-rock and pop-punk.  Featuring gruff, gravelly vocals and easily hummed anthems, Nothington have always been easy to get into, and just as easy to fall in love with.

A decade later and a number of years after breaking hiatus, the band returns with In The End.  Clocking in at just over the half-hour mark, the band serves up an easy reminder as to why so many of us have been so eagerly anticipating Nothington’s return.  A decade may have passed since my introduction, but Nothington continue to reflect the late 00’s punk scene from which they emerged – and that is a very good thing.  In The End maintains stylistic continuity with early-career heavyweights like Against Me!, Off With Their Heads, and Lawrence Arms, along with supporting acts such as Banner Pilot, Dear Landlord, American Steel, Get Dead, Cobra Skulls, Dillinger Four, and so many more that have come to dominate the many iterations of annual Gainsville punk music festival, THE FEST.

Even after taking a break, Jay Northington and Chris Matulich continue to feed off of one another’s knack for writing and performing gritty, mid-tempo anthems.  All it takes is a couple of minutes with opener “Already There” to grasp the synergy flowing through Nothington.  Jay’s low, gravelly vocals crunch along against a steady, drum-fed rhythm, making way for Chris’ voice to slip in naturally and offer a salvo of vocal support at the onset of the chorus.  A little more punk-rock than pop-punk, the track sets a strong precedent for those that follow.  Tracks like “End Transmission” and “The Lies I Need” stoke the fire with similarly sized choruses and rapid tempos, while tracks like “Burn After Reading” capitalize upon their lighter delivery to convey personal contemplations.  The interplay between vocalists is subtle but commanding, similar but less polarizing than that of fellow peers The Lawrence Arms.  

Really though, Nothington offers so many reasons to embrace In The End.  “Nothing But Beaches” straddles the middle ground with sweeping, anthem-driven gang-vocal choruses punctuated by forcefully landing riffs, making for a deserving album centerpiece.  Such moments come balanced by the quick-tempoed, melodic punk-rock running through “The Hard Way,” which feels loosely haunted by the faded spectres of mid-90’s EpiFat bands.

I could go on about all the reasons to love In The End, but they should be self evident by now.  With In The End, Nothington offers a firm reminder about why their return is so noteworthy.  Fans will undoubtedly embrace the instant throwback, while newcomers stand to add a whole new set of new songs to their favourite playlists.  All in all, In The End is one heck of a comeback.  ‘Nuff said.

Tours: Nothington / Joe McMahon

Joe McMahonSmoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon has announced that he will be serving as support for Nothington.  Joe McMahon continues to support his recent solo album,  Another Life, available now via Smartpunk Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Nothington – End Transmission

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has released a new song from their latest album.  The video features the song “End Transmission” and will appear on their upcoming album, In The End, which is due out today via Red Scare Industries.

Listen to the song here courtesy DyingScene, and keep an eye out for my review of the album in the coming week.

The band recorded the album in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi) with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

Video: Nothington – Burn After Reading

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has released a new lyric video from their upcoming new LP.  The video features the song “Burn After Reading” and will appear on their upcoming album, In The End, which is due out on February 17, 2017 via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below, and keep an eye out for my review of the album in the coming week.

The band recorded the album in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi) with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

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Video: Nothington – The Lies I Need

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has premiered the first new track from their upcoming new LP.  The track is titled “The Lies I Need” and comes with an accompanying music video.

The video can be viewed below.  The new album, In The End, is due out on February 17, 2017 via Red Scare Industries.

The band started recording in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi). with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

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Nothington Back In The Studio

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has announced plans for a new album.  The band started recording in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi). with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

The band is currently aiming for a Spring 2015 release window. 

Two New Songs The Downtown Struts and Nothington

Asian Man RecordsThe Downtown Struts and Nothington are streaming two songs from their upcoming split 7″, which is due out August 6, 2013 on Asian Man Records.  The EP includes covers of New Order‘s “Ceremony” and Nirvana‘s “Territorial Pissings” as well as two new tracks.

Both new songs can be heard below.

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Nothington - Borrowed Time

Nothington

Borrowed Time

Red Scare Industries
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Last year at the Fest, Nothington were the band that headlined my Friday night. With a swarm of strangers, I sang arm in arm at the sweaty and heat-filled Common Grounds. Suffice to say, it was a night to remember.

Now, with their debut full length on Red Scare Industries (after two albums on BYO Records), Nothington have delivered enough songs to make countless other memorable nights of sweat-filled sing alongs.

The band doesn’t take a moment’s breath and jumps right in with Captive Audience opening the album with thudding drum beats barreling through the speakers. Heavy distortion, tons of bass and nasally vocals, Nothington are on track to deliver their best album of their career right from the get go.

Borrowed Time, like my all time favorite Nothington song Last Time, is built on a sense of exhaustion and introspection. The band is at the brink of collapse, singing working class songs that rejuvenate the listener and the band themselves. Layered vocals – one slightly cleaner than the other but both with a gruffness that can’t be matched – work hand in hand to create unmatched harmonies.  Listen to Where I Can’t Be Found and the excitement, passion and energy just seeps through the speakers, making a song that sticks out almost as much as None More Black’Backpedal did last year.

The album builds and never wavers, from the single Far To Go to the slower and sparse Hopeless, they hit every song at full tilt and even throw in some slight Social Distortion influence on Ordinary Lives.Within the first listen the album has hooked you, and you can pretty much guaranteed that this album will be splattered all over the year end lists come December this year.

After all, Borrowed Time is most the band’s most accessible (in a good way) and memorable album. When Nothington first appeared in the scene on the heels of the Tsunami Bomb breakup, they blew me away with All In; yet it is only a few songs on that album that keeps me coming back for more. Their follow-up, Roads Bridges and Ruins was more cohesive but didn’t pack quite as strong of a punch.Borrowed Time doesn’t have any of those pitfalls. This is a cohesive, complete album with every song pulling you in for more.  Here’s hoping I will one day get to see the songs live, in a sweaty club somewhere singing along with strangers the way these songs are meant to be heard.

Nothington - All In

Nothington

All In

BYO Records
By

Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Yes, Nothington is composed of Jay Northington and Gabe Lindmen, two members of the now defunct Tsunami Bomb. Yes, they do account for half of the band. And yes, they did receive a rather large amount of praise for their work in the southern Californian pop-punk band; but no, Nothington sounds nothing like the band’s predecessor. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bio and occasional news clips you would have no idea that the two bands had anything in common at all. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is something you have to decide for yourself, but one thing for certain is that if you go into All Inexpecting a sugary, pop-punk album, you’ll be sorely mistaken.

Instead, Northington and Lindmen have taken a complete 360 spin with their sound with Nothington. Yes, there’s still some melodic elements in the guitar work, but that’s pretty much the only similarity. Instead, the band went for a more underground sound. A harsher output, with growling vocals that sound as if they’ve been pulled through a grater numerous times – something vastly different than Agent M’s voice on Tsunami Bomb. Although, I will say that the two songs where Agent M makes an appearance, Going Home and Last Time, are highlights. Her more melodic and smoother voice in the background perfectly complements Northington’s gruff delivery.

Still, it is within the harshness of the vocals that the band’s identity is really formed. Pulling in influences from the likes of Lucero, Leatherface, Tom Waits, and Against Me!, Nothington are ready to be a band that will be talked about greatly in the underground without ever going soft and breaking into the mainstream.

They are melodic, energetic and rough, with passionate and emotional vocals delivered in a constant tone throughout. But that, in a way, is what really hurts the album too. While the songs are strong enough to survive on their own and most are worthy of multiple plays, together they start to blend into one another. There is rarely something that really makes the tracks stand out and take control of the album. That, of course, is a disappointment. The album is strong, the vocals are perfect, the guitar work is fantastic, but there’s not enough originality between the songs to really grab hold of the listener.

It’s one of those albums that you’ll always be able to pull out and play in it’s entirety. It’s solid, nothing wrong with it sonically, and will keep you entertained while you listen to it. But the problem is that once you’re done listening to it, you’ll soon forget about it; and despite being able to pull it out four months down the road and still thoroughly enjoy the Lucero-esque melodies, you probably won’t remember to pull it out. Maybe it’s the fact that the vocals are normally pretty difficult to decipher (a lyrics sheet in the artwork would’ve been appreciated), or maybe it’s just something else, but whatever it is, you can tell that All In will, in the end, be forgettable.

Paper + Plastered Tour And Bands Announced

Paper + Plastick Records has announced a label-centered tour entitled ‘The Paper + Plastered Tour.’  The tour features The Ataris headlining all dates, with the band inviting Strung Out and Nothington for the West Coast and Southwest dates, and labelmates Flatfoot 56 and Red City Radio joining in for the final three-week stint which finds the band in the South, East Coast and Northeast. 

The band is currently gearing up for the release of their upcoming new album The Graveyard of The Atlantic, expected to drop in the spring of 2013 via Paper + Plastick. Tour dates can be found below.

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Jay Northington (Nothington) – Back Seat Session

NothingtonNothington‘s Jay Northington recently sat down to play a song for E Minor Seven’s Back Seat Sessions.  The co-vocalist digs deep into the band’s catalogue for a song from 2007’s All In (BYO Records).  Nothington released Borrowed Time last year on Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video performance below.

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Tours: Nothington (Europe)

NothingtonNothington has announced that they will be heading to Europe for a lengthy tour in April and May.  The band continues to support their recent full length and Red Scare Records debut, Borrowed Time.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Lagwagon / Nothington / Cobra Skulls

Lagwagon has announced that the long running punk rock group will be hitting the road with Cobra Skulls and Nothington for a brief tour in February and March.  The band recently reissued their early discography on Fat Wreck Chords.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Nothington - Borrowed Time

Nothington

Borrowed Time

Red Scare Industries
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Last year at the Fest, Nothington were the band that headlined my Friday night. With a swarm of strangers, I sang arm in arm at the sweaty and heat-filled Common Grounds. Suffice to say, it was a night to remember.

Now, with their debut full length on Red Scare Industries (after two albums on BYO Records), Nothington have delivered enough songs to make countless other memorable nights of sweat-filled sing alongs.

The band doesn’t take a moment’s breath and jumps right in with Captive Audience opening the album with thudding drum beats barreling through the speakers. Heavy distortion, tons of bass and nasally vocals, Nothington are on track to deliver their best album of their career right from the get go.

Borrowed Time, like my all time favorite Nothington song Last Time, is built on a sense of exhaustion and introspection. The band is at the brink of collapse, singing working class songs that rejuvenate the listener and the band themselves. Layered vocals – one slightly cleaner than the other but both with a gruffness that can’t be matched – work hand in hand to create unmatched harmonies.  Listen to Where I Can’t Be Found and the excitement, passion and energy just seeps through the speakers, making a song that sticks out almost as much as None More Black’sBackpedal did last year.

The album builds and never wavers, from the single Far To Go to the slower and sparse Hopeless, they hit every song at full tilt and even throw in some slight Social Distortion influence on Ordinary Lives. Within the first listen the album has hooked you, and you can pretty much guaranteed that this album will be splattered all over the year end lists come December this year.

After all, Borrowed Time is most the band’s most accessible (in a good way) and memorable album. When Nothingtonfirst appeared in the scene on the heels of the Tsunami Bomb breakup, they blew me away with All In; yet it is only a few songs on that album that keeps me coming back for more. Their follow-up, Roads Bridges and Ruins was more cohesive but didn’t pack quite as strong of a punch. Borrowed Time doesn’t have any of those pitfalls. This is a cohesive, complete album with every song pulling you in for more.  Here’s hoping I will one day get to see the songs live, in a sweaty club somewhere singing along with strangers the way these songs are meant to be heard.

Nothington Streaming Six New Songs

NothingtonPunkNews.org is hosting a stream of six new Nothington songs.  The songs come from their upcoming album, Borrowed Time, set to be released on September 13, 2011 through Red Scare Industries.  The tracks include “Where I Can’t Be Found,” “Far To Go,” “End Of The Day,” “The Escapist,” “St. Andrews Hall,” and “Don’t Have To Wait.”

The songs can be heard here.

Borrowed Time is the band’s follow-up album to 2009′s Roads, Bridges, and Ruins that was released on BYO Records. They also released an EP, More Than Obvious, through Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

 

Nothington – Don't Have To Wait

NothingtonAlternativePress is hosting a stream of Nothington‘s new song, Don’t Have To Wait. The track comes from the San Francisco’s upcoming album, Borrowed Time,  that is set to be released on September 13th through Red Scare Industries.

The song can be heard here.

Borrowed Time is the band’s follow-up album to 2009′s “Roads, Bridges, and Ruins” that was released on BYO Records. They also released an EP, More Than Obvious, through Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

Nothington – Don’t Have To Wait

NothingtonAlternativePress is hosting a stream of Nothington‘s new song, Don’t Have To Wait. The track comes from the San Francisco’s upcoming album, Borrowed Time,  that is set to be released on September 13th through Red Scare Industries.

The song can be heard here.

Borrowed Time is the band’s follow-up album to 2009′s “Roads, Bridges, and Ruins” that was released on BYO Records. They also released an EP, More Than Obvious, through Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

Nothington Announce New Album on Red Scare

NothingtonAfter releasing a the More Than Obvious seven inch earlier this year through Red Scare Industries, Nothington have announced plans to release their new full length through the label as well.

It’s called Borrowed Time and will be out on September 13th (or the week before through digital retailers). It was recorded by Scott Llamas at PopSmear Studios and follows their 2009 album, Roads Bridges and Ruins.

Tours: Cobra Skulls/Nothington (North America)

Cobra SkullsNevada’s Cobra Skulls have announced a number of tour dates supporting their next release out on Fat Wreck Chords called Agitations, which is due on September 27.

California natives Nothington, who are supporting their More Than Obvious EP (Red Scare), will join as support on Sept. 23, and will be on board the rest of the tour.

Fans can get “Iron Lung”, a new tune from the Cobra Skulls here for free. Courtesy of AMP Magazine.

 

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Video: Nothington – In Flames (Acoustic)

NothingtonWhile in Vegas, Nothington members Jay Northington and Andy Brown stopped in to offer up the latest rendition of Punks in Vegas’ Stripped Down Session series.  The band recorded an acoustic rendition of their song “In Flames” while at the Poplar Center for Cultural Excellence.  The track appears on the group’s More Than Nothing EP, released this month via Red Scare Industries.

The full session can be viewed below.

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Nothington: Tired Hearts

NothingtonAlternative Press have released a new song from Nothington called Tired Hearts. The track comes from their new EP, More Than Obvious, which will be released on July 12th through Red Scare Industries.

The band last released Roads, Bridges and Ruins in 2009 through BYO Records.

Listen to the song here.

Nothington To Release New Seven Inch Record

NothingtonNothington has announced that Red Scare Industries will release a new seven inch by them sometime in May. They said:

Red Scare will be releasing an acoustic 7″ for us hopefully out in May. Finishing up the recording this week! It will include at least 3 new tracks, one which may appear in a different version on our new full length, and an acoustic version of “Not Looking Down” from our 2009 release “Roads Bridges and Ruins.”

As they mentioned, their last release was 2009’s Roads, Bridges and Ruins that was released on BYO Records.

Tours: Blacklist Royals / Nothington

The Blacklist RoyalsThe Blacklist Royals will once again be hitting the road to support their debut album, Semper Liberi, for Paper + Plastick.

This next round of shows starts out with the band sharing dates with Nothington. The dates are below.


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Tours: The Riot Before with The Blacklist Royals, Nothington, Heartsounds

The Riot BeforeA collection of heavy hitters have announced that they will be teaming up with The Riot Before for the band’s upcoming tour. The Riot Before will be hitting the road for a variety of West and South Coast tour dates and will be sharing the stage with notable acts The Blacklist Royals, Nothington, and Heartsounds.

Check out the tour dates below.

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Tours: Spanish Gamble / Nothington

Spanish GambleGainesville’s Spanish Gamble have announced a tour in support of their debut album for Paper + Plastick, entitled It’s All Coming Down. The band will be meeting up with BYO Records‘  Nothington at Wilmington, NC’s Rad Fest and then tour together down the East Coast, across the Southwest and on into California. The first batch of dates is listed below, with more confirmations to come in the following weeks.

Punknews.org recently joined forces with Paper + Plastick for a limited time downloadable giveaway of It’s All Coming Down. You can download the record here.

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