Philly band Nothing may be known as much for its frontman’s brutal history as its music. As the story goes, Domenic Palermo spent a couple years in the slammer after stabbing someone in a fight back in 2002 when he was a member of hardcore punk act Horror Show, according to NPR. As you would expect, the experience changed him and his musical direction. With Nothing, Palermo returned to his first love: shoegaze. The music on the band’s latest album, Tired of Tomorrow (2016, Relapse) sounds like a reinvention of (or at least heavily influenced by) bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive combined with early Smashing Pumpkins. The product is dense, bleak and oftentimes brooding.
We asked Nothing to take our 10 Questions survey. Palermo took the plunge:
1. What is your favorite album?
Nothing: Sun City Girls, You’re Never Alone with a Cigarette
2. What is your least favorite song?
Theme song to “Frasier”
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Not having to be at home.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Having to be on the road.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
6. In what city or town do you love top perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Chicago. I fell asleep standing up, while we were playing.
8. How do you pay your bills?
Relapse Records allowance money.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Writing questions for newspaper; prostitution
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
One about these two brothers. One’s a cop and one’s a bad ass. The bad ass brother gets in a fight and kills a man in a bar fight. The cop brother chases him down through the back roads all the way to Canada, but decides to let him go, because a man that turns his back on his family, just ain’t no good.
Nothing plays with Culture Abuse, Wrong and Bib Sunday, June 12, at Slowdown Jr., 729 No. 14th St. Tickets are $13 Adv./$15 DOS. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more information, go to theslowdown.com.