Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wrong and Nothing show pacesetting face of Relapse Records (Backbooth)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND 
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In uniting some of today’s best rising rock talent and daring to do it with bold variety, leading-edge metal label Relapse Records showed some extraordinary vision with the recent tour package topped by its new thoroughbreds Nothing and Wrong (July 3, Backbooth).
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  • Jen Cray
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Everyone at some point wishes they could rewrite history a bit, you know, go a little Eternal Sunshine on some shit. Imagine for a second if Helmet never released anything after Meantime, went off the grid with some noise-rockers and reemerged with their original virility not just intact but reloaded with more hair and fangs. That would be a beautiful dream. Well, new Miami band Wrong is essentially that fan fantasy come to life. And after a series of increasingly ravaging performances here since last year, they return as made men with a savage new self-titled album that certifies them as one of the absolute best bands roaring up from the shady underside of the Sunshine State right now.
click to enlarge Wrong at Backbooth - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
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click to enlarge Wrong at Backbooth - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
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When a band’s intro is a wall of static, their shoegaze bona fides are in the bag. And so it was for new-school tower of sound Nothing. The Philadelphia band are also touring on a new album, Tired of Tomorrow, a sophomore LP that’s a suppler and not better turn for them. Thankfully, those soft new shades either gain new heft from – or just simply get overrun by – their live gust.
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  • Jen Cray
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More terrestrial than their vaporous and impressionistic peers, Nothing’s slant on shoegaze brings melody, structure and humanity back up front to more clearly frame the sonic haze. The result is a punctuated and balanced attack where every considered aspect is heard without sacrificing size or effect. Live, it’s a stately crush, a sonic marvel that envelops like an ocean of gorgeous wool.
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  • Jen Cray
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Now, I’m not at all sure why a crowd would start stage-diving to Nothing of all the bands on this bill like they did but, hey, all right. I’ll never complain about a spike in the action, especially for a tour finale like this. Interesting bill, interesting results, I guess. But when you jump into a group of gaze heads whose action readiness level is usually set to deep inward swooning and not punk-show alertness, you are kind of taking your life into your own hands.
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  • Jen Cray
  • Nothing at Backbooth
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Yeah, some close calls. A pit even broke out. I officially have no idea what is going on any more.
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That business would’ve made much more sense during the rousing opening set of San Francisco’s Culture Abuse, who rip party punk with a feral hardcore bite. It’s a fairly simple attack. But, at three guitars tall, their live sound is a total juggernaut. 
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