Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
I See A Darkness
One adjective that was overused about indie bands in the late-'80s was 'underachieving'....
Instead, as this compilation testifies, they sound like another dribbling bunch of indie pastiche brokers. 'Rise''s staccato drumming makes it quite engaging and 'World I Love' could be a more ragged Inspiral Carpets, but they're most successful with simple pleasures like 'Dust Remains', a winsome drip-pop ballad of mellow mournfulness. In fact, they'd be quite good at that sort of thing were it not for the fact Rob Sekula's tuneless voice makes you want to kick sand in his dewy eyes.
But if that's not enough for you, three appallingly recorded live tracks are tacked on the end as collectors' treats! Although, I defy you to sit through their reading of 'Interstellar Overdrive'...
The Strokes dabble with sounds from throughout their career on a satisfying return
Once the thrill of the cast and visuals wears off, this follow-up to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland is a drag
George Clooney and Julia Roberts bounce off each other like pros in this amusing take on fat cat greed
The hooks are plentiful and the energy’s palpable, but the Bottlemen still don’t have a ‘Wonderwall’