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Album Review: Nothington – “Borrowed Time”

If you aren’t familiar with California’s Nothington (formed from the ashes of one of the later incarnations of Tsunami Bomb) play a bare-bones, no-frills street style of punk rock. “Borrowed Time,” their debut Red Scare release probably does the best job of capturing the true essence of their sound. The Les Pauls are heavily distorted, the rhythm section is tight, the lyrics focus heavily on the trials and tribulations of life: (“broken down…head in my hands/I fell apart” as they sing in “Far I Go,”) and primary vocalist Jay Northington’s gravelly voice sounds like a man with a lot of beer-and-cigarettes-infused miles on his tires, lending a certain amount of authenticity to the message. Musically, think Strung Out’s uptempo, high-energy street punk, subtract the metal guitar solos, and add Social Distortion’s knack for melodic, three-chord hooks, and you’ve about got the sound down pat.

Album-opener “Captive Audience” is one of the album’s highlights, establishing the tempo pretty quickly. The guitars are heavy and distorted, the bass is pretty heavy and melodic, following more than your average all-eighth-notes, all-the-time bass line that dominates a lot of the punk scene. The chant-along chorus is pretty solid. “Where I Can’t Be Found” follows, and is another high point, with a chorus that is sure to inspire sweaty, high-energy mosh-pit singalongs. “The Escapist,” which features guitarist Chris Matulich’s less-gravelly-but-still-raw turn on lead vocals, is another particularly infectious song; nothing special, and nothing that is going to reinvent the wheel, but a damn fine punk rock tale of coming to terms with the fact that you’ve got a track record of screwing up and running away from your problems. Like GI Joe told us, knowing is half the battle…

Don’t take this next paragraph the wrong way; “Borrowed Time” is a solid album from start to finish. That said, it does tend to get a little formulaic at times. Granted Nothington have developed on a pretty solid, successful formula, but at times it leaves the listener wondering if they, perhaps, hit the repeat button and just heard the same track a couple of times in a row. Given that the majority of the listening audience now just loads everything onto an MP3 player and presses “shuffle,” however, I guess that isn’t as big a deal as it used to be.

3.5/5 stars

Haven’t gotten your full Nothington jones satisfied yet? Click here to read our DS Exclusive interview with guitarist/singer Chris Matulich, conducted by the inimitable Brittles Rixon.

DS Exclusive Interview: Chris Matulich (Nothington) talks setbacks, steps forward and the Nothington sound

I could probably think of a million reasons NOT to dedicate your life to being in a touring band.  On the flip-side, the world (and punk scene) is very lucky to have the people who forgo the normal day-to-day to live life on the road, producing music which in return, give us something we may never provide ourselves.  Music to hold on to.  Nothington fit into this small group perfectly and have recently released their third full length, “Borrowed Time.”  This is their first release on Red Scare and is undoubtedly their best work to date.

We spoke to Chris Matulich, guitarist and vocalist, about the setbacks that the band encounters, their continued evolution with “Borrowed Time,” staying grounded while being disconnected and how important it is for a band of their stature to be on a credible label.  Read the full interview here.

Dates and lineup announced for Southbound & Down pre-Fest in North Carolina

As though the good people of Wilmington, North Carolina, didn’t have it good enough…

Dates and bands have been announced for the two-day “Southbound & Down” festival. Comprised mostly of bands who are heading down for The Fest (southbound…get it?!?), and features bands like Cobra Skulls, Nothington, Luther, The Reveling, Dead To Me, and a bunch more.

“Southbound and Down” will take place at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge (yes, really) on October 26 and 27th. Click here to get the full lowdown. Check out their facebook page while you’re at it.

DS Exclusive: Nothington stream new song “To Hold On” off upcoming album “Borrowed Time”

If you’re not yet familiar with San Francisco punk act Nothington it is absolutely time to perk up your ears and take notice.  Their upcoming album, “Borrowed Time” is due out September 13th via Red Scare Industries and I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to end up on a lot of “Top 10 Album” lists for 2011.

Today we’re stoked to premiere a new track off the release called “To Hold On” and you can give it a listen right here.

6th Annual Red Oktoberfest lineup announced (Cobra Skulls, Nothington, more)

Red Scare Industries has just announced details for their 6th annual Red Oktoberfest, which is to take place September 30th and October 1st in Chicago.  Performing acts will include Cobra Skulls, Nothington, The Brokedowns, The Reaganomics, The Outsiders and a couple surprise guests.  Here’s a note from label owner Tobias Jeg:

It’s always fun to see friends out at shows, and we promise to make it a real “fest” again one of these years, but for now you’ll have to settle for the usual Chicago shitholes. Oh, you love it.

You can check out times and locations here and rsvp here.

Nothington streaming six songs from upcoming album “Borrowed Time”

Nothington are streaming 6 songs from their upcoming album “Borrowed Time” right over here. It’s not the whole thing, but it’s a good chunk of music to get you pumped on it.

“Borrowed Time” is due on September 13th via Red Scare Industries.

Nothington streaming new song “Ordinary Lives” off upcoming album “Borrowed Time”

San Francisco punk rockers Nothington are streaming a new song called “Ordinary Lives” off their upcoming album “Borrowed Time”, and you can click right here to check it out.

“Borrowed Time” will be released on September 13th through Red Scare.  The album is the first since 2009′s “Roads, Bridges, and Ruins”.  They’ve also got an EP called “More Than Obvious” that was released this Summer.

Nothington streaming new song “Don’t Have to Wait” off upcoming album “Borrowed Time”

San Francisco punk rockers Nothington are streaming a great new song called “Don’t Have To Wait” off their upcoming album “Borrowed Time”, and you can click right here to check it out.

The song will hopefully keep fans of the band occupied until they release “Borrowed Time” on September 13th through Red Scare.  The album is the first since 2009’s “Roads, Bridges, and Ruins”.  They’ve also got an EP called “More Than Obvious” that was released this Summer.

Nothington reveal cover art and tracklist for upcoming album “Borrowed Time”

Red Scare Industries will be releasing the next full-length from San Francisco punk rockers Nothington, entitled “Borrowed Time”on September 13th.

You can check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

It will follow up 2009’s “Roads, Bridges and Ruins” in the interim, the band released a new EP entitled “More Than Obvious.”

Interview: Jay and Chris (Nothington) talk future tours and music

nothingtonGearing up to release a new full length album this fall, half the members of San Francisco punk rock band Nothington took some time out for a good interview, and you can check it out right here.

Among the topics covered are the band’s recent acoustic EP “More Than Obvious”, their upcoming tour with Cobra Skulls, and what happens when Jay wakes up on tour without his clothes, keys, or wallet.  It’s a good read.

Nothington will release “Borrowed Time” on September 13th through Red Scare Industries.

Nothington releasing new full-length album “Borrowed Time”

Red Scare Industries has just announced that they will be releasing the next full-length from San Francisco punk rockers Nothington.  It will be titled “Borrowed Time” and fans can expect it out September 13th.  As with their previous LPs on BYO, it was recorded by Scott Llamas at PopSmear Studios out in the SF Bay; and according to Red Scare, “this is their best record and most likable batch of songs we’ve ever heard outta this band. It’s good. Real good.”

The band will be hitting the road the Fall with Cobra Skulls.  You can check out the dates and locations here.

Nothington’s last full-length, “Roads Bridges and Ruins” was released in 2009 on BYO Records.

Stream four tracks off the upcoming Nothington EP “More Than Obvious”

You can stream four new tracks off San Francisco punk rockers Nothington right here.  The tracks (“End Of The Day”, “In Flames”, “Not Looking So Good”, and “Tired Hearts”) will appear on the band’s upcoming acoustic EP “More Than Obvious.”

“More Than Obvious” is due out July 12th on Red Scare.

New Song: Nothington – “Tired Hearts” off upcoming EP “More Than Obvious”

San Francisco punk rockers Nothington have posted a new song entitled “Tired Hearts.”

You can have a listen right here.

The song appears on their upcoming EP, “More Than Obvious,” out July 12th on Red Scare. Nothington’s last released Roads Bridges and Ruins in 2009 on BYO Records.

Interview: Nothington in the studio, talks past releases, label ideas and more

nothingtonWhile Nothington is currently in the studio, they recently did an interview where they discussed past releases, the growth in sound between them, possible label ideas and more. You can read the full interview here.

Nothington’s last released “Road Bridges and Ruins” in 2009 on BYO Records.

Nothington announces European and West Coast summer tour dates

nothingtonSan Francisco punk rockers Nothington have announced some upcoming summer tour dates. The guys will head to the west coast in July, then make their way through Germany and Spain from August to mid September. You can check out the west coast dates here, and the German dates here.

Nothington’s last released Roads Bridges and Ruins in 2009 on BYO Records. The guys are currently planning to release an upcoming 7″ More Than Obvious.