NOTHINGTON: Borrowed Time: CD

Nov 15, 2011

I saw Nothington so many times around the release of their first album All In. Part of it might have had to do with working as an intern at their label at the time, BYO, but I also really liked the band. Then they released a second full length and got kind of quiet. I honestly thought that they had possibly broken up, so I was pleasantly surprised, though a bit wary, to see that they had some new releases on Red Scare. My concern turned out to be completely unfounded because they sound just as strong, if not stronger, than before. They’re still doing gruff-voiced punk rock with a tinge of Americana flavoring in their sound, but, if anything, they sound more assured than before. The opener, “Captive Audience,” really sets the pace for the rest of the album. “Hopeless,” with its slow build, is quite the jam, and probably my favorite. There is not really a duff track on here, as even the tracks where second vocalist Chris takes lead sound more forceful than before. I’m glad to know they haven’t watered themselves down like former scene-mates, the Gaslight Anthem. Well, hello, Nothington; it seems like you’re back.

 –Adrian Salas (Red Scare)

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