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NOTHING: Announce Spirit of the Stairs – B-Sides & Rarities; Cover Grouper’s “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping”

Philadelphia’s critically-acclaimed NOTHING return with Spirit Of The Stairs – B-Sides & Rarities, a collection of tracks spanning the band’s career at the forefront of independent rock. Previously unavailable digitally, Spirit of the Stairs… faithfully captures NOTHING‘s themes of addiction, loss, anxiety, and more, through demos and live recordings of such tracks as their renowned single “Dig”, Tired of Tomorrow‘s “Fever Queen”, a faithful cover of GROUPER‘s “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping“, and much more. The full compilation sees its release next Wednesday, March 6 via Relapse Records on all digital platforms.

Hear Nothing Cover Grouper’s “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping” 
YouTube | Spotify | 

They’ve also confirmed U.S. dates with Tony Molina down to SXSW and a midwest / east coast tour with Basement in support of their critically acclaimed album Dance On The Blacktop. Check below for a full list of dates.

Spirit Of The Stairs – B-Sides & Rarities Tracklist:

1. Fever Queen – 2014 Wilkesbarre Demo
2. Pattern After Us – DOTB B Side
3. In Metal – 2013 (Originally by Low)
4. Dig – 2012 Philly Demo
5. The Mohegan – DOTB B Side
6. Vapour Trail – Live WKDU Philly 2011 (Originally By Ride)
7. I Hate The Flowers – NPR World Cafe Live Session
8. Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping – DOTB B Side (Originally by Grouper)
9. Dirty White Glove – DOTB B Side
10. Leave Me Alone – 2013 (Originally by New Order)
11. Spell – TOT B-Side
12. Joey – NPR World Cafe Live Session (Originally by Concrete Blonde)
13. Us/We/Are – Live Piano Version Dreamland Studios
14. Tic Tac Toe – 2013 Ave C Demo

NOTHING Tour Dates Can Be Found HERE

Photo By: Nick Sayers

Artwork By Mark McCoy, Domenic Palermo & Ryan Lowry

PRAISE FOR DANCE ON THE BLACKTOP:

“‘Dance On The Blacktop’ is an exercise in this philosophy: droning guitars, subdued yet emotive vocals and crashing percussion” FORBES

“glorious, droning, guitar rock band that is sort of like MBV but grittier and darker” NPR

“their most ambitious, sprawling effort to date” STEREOGUM (Cover Story Here)

“Nothing’s dismal backstory both colors in their sound and accounts for its sadness, its heaviness, its palliative effect…tried-and-true arrangements-simmering and erupting, despondent and ecstatic” PITCHFORK

“Nothing has mastered the shoegaze toolbox…bracingly loud… thick, sludgy guitar roar and dreamy verses” PASTE

“a pitch-black four minutes of laconic nihilism, sung like a haunted lullaby” NOISEY

“brings a heaping of Smashing Pumpkins-esque alt-rock, melding hard guitars with moody distortion” REVOLVER (Cover Story Here)

“mournful, atmospheric vocals” CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“an impressive demonstration of dream-pop art brut” FLOOD

NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (Cover Story Here)

“intermixes the gritty and the gorgeous with all the economy of an Anton Corbijn photo” AV CLUB

Dance On The Blacktop  pulls from all corners of life in its contents. Stories of self loathing, self destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, “insignificant” role in Palermo’s vision of the universe are met with his poised amusement and tranquil hysteria being one himself. All of this told through the eyes of a recently diagnosed Palermosuggesting he is dealing with the early stages of CTE, a neurodegenerative disease found in people with serious head injuries. Palermo spews songs of heightened confusion, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and chronic battles with physical pain- a result of his unstable past and more recent illness. These themes, spoken in a lush angelic language are juxtaposed against the band’s now signature apocalyptic, reverberating wall of shimmering sound.

NOTHING sought out celebrated producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to help accentuate the band’s love for all sounds 90s, from rock to shoegaze to pop realms and on both sides of the pond.

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