Monday, November 14, 2016

EP Review: 'Cobblestones' by Nothington

Title:  Cobblestones (Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Nothington (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, AllMusic)

San Francisco, CA's Nothington has been on hiatus for a number of years, with their last releases coming in 2013 in the form of a split EP with Paper Arms and a b-sides collection Lost Along the Way.  Fast forward three years and the band has announced a new album coming in 2017 and released Cobblestones, a new two-song EP containing a song from said new record and an acoustic version of "The Last Time" (which originally appeared on the band's 2007 debut All In).  The new song "Cobblestones" is pure, classic Nothington filled with gruff vocals, incredibly infectious hooks, and that southern tinged take on melodic punk that the band has become synonymous with over the years.  In fact, it is this sound that has become hugely influential on many newer bands (see Arms Aloft, Shallow Cuts, Red City Radio, Timeshares, Deforesters, MakeWar, Habits, Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves) and with this song they showcase just how good they really are and why so many have followed their lead.  As it stands, Nothington's new album is my most anticipated release of 2017 and I absolutely cannot wait to hear it.

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