Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Album Review: 'In The End' by Nothington

Title:  In The End (BandCamp, Red Scare Industries, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, Spotify)
Artist:  Nothington (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Bandsintown, BandCamp, Spotify)

Nothington's fourth full-length album In The End is the kind of nearly perfect record that somehow gets better with each and every listen.  This record is the perfect mixture of aggression and melody, gruff edges and pop sensibilities, punk and rock.  The album is classic Nothington with 11 songs of big choruses, tight melodies, gruff dueling lead vocals, excellent harmonies, and hooks that refuse to let you go.  It's that killer melding of melodic pop punk with country twinges and classic rock anthems that hits some many different sweet spots.  Then there's the lyrics.  This record deals with desperation, love, and growing older without ever diving into complete despair, offering glimmers of hope for a better tomorrow.  In fact it's those lyrics that really drive this record home taking it from great to unfuckingbelievable.  This is the kind of record that hits you first with its incredible sounds and then knocks you out with its words.

In the past few years, it has become increasingly obvious that Nothington has quietly become one of the most influential bands in modern punk.  You can hear their impact on the music of acts ranging from Red City Radio to Arms Aloft to Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves to Timeshares, just to name a few.

From top to bottom this record kills.  I've been listening to it constantly for a couple of months now and each time I put it on, I find something new to love.  Bottom line, In The End is a completely and utterly satisfying record musically, lyrically, and emotionally.


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