Nothing plays at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on April 4, 2014.

NOTHING @ GLASSLANDS

Nothing plays at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on April 4, 2014.
Nothing plays at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on April 4, 2014. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

Music has always been an outlet for emotional escape for artists. And considering singer and guitarist Domenic Palermo’s past is riddled with tragedy, violence and despair that almost undid him, it’s no wonder his band, Nothing, inspires such blissful release. With its phenomenal debut, Guilty Of Everything, Palermo — along with guitarist Brandon Setta and the rest of the Philadelphia band — exorcises those ghosts with metal-meets-shoegaze songs like “Dig,” “Get Well,” or “Endlessly” that feel equally heavy and elusive.

And where one might find “Hymn To The Pillory”’s feedbacking squalor and pulverizing drums to be melancholy and oppressive, I hear an almost romantic beauty in those cascading waves of guitar static and dreamy voices. It’s the kind of loud and all-encompassing music that I want to get lost inside, and maybe find a little serenity in the sweeping noise.

Nothing plays at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on April 4, 2014.
Nothing plays at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on April 4, 2014. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

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