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Down To Nothing

Down To Nothing: Save It For The BirdsSave It For The Birds (2003)
Thorp Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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What can I say? I'm sucker for upbeat hardcore. Richmond, VA's Down to Nothing offer up 11 finger-pointingly good tracks with their debut full-length, "Save it for the Birds". This album is just a whirlwind of speedy guitars and galloping drums, after the title track, there is no looking back.
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What can I say? I'm sucker for upbeat hardcore. Richmond, VA's Down to Nothing offer up 11 finger-pointingly good tracks with their debut full-length, "Save it for the Birds".

This album is just a whirlwind of speedy guitars and galloping drums, after the title track, there is no looking back. I'm heavily reminded of In My Eyes, Judge and other Revelation bands, back when they were infatuated almost exclusively with hardcore. To put it in scientific terms: this album rips. There are plenty of bands out there parading around with X's on their hands and Minor Threat shirts on their backs, but few of them can compete with the intensity and sincerity of Down to Nothing. This is what truly separates them from their contemporaries. The second the track, "One Eighty" the obligatory "you turned your back" song actually has impact. I remember hearing this song for the first time on "Fighting Music Vol. II" a while back and wondering where I could hear more from this band. The lyrics basically tell of a friend who formerly shoved his beliefs in everyone else's face, only to later shy away from those beliefs.

There really isn't a valley or down point on this album, no one song that makes you wish they'd up the tempo again. No one really knows what hardcore is these days, or so it seems. Everyone from Thursday to the Dillinger Escape Plan is being referred to as part of this genre. But make no mistake, Down to Nothing is most certainly a hardcore band, and they won't do anything to shake that description. This album is really what hardcore should sound like, with nods to the past, but without hero worship or blatant plagiarism of other band's songs.

In short, put down the Hatebreed CD and pick this one up instead, you'll thank me later

 

 
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Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

i was at the DTN/paint it black show, dtn didn't start taht shit, they where playing whent that shit started to go down, some other assholes started it, they where just helping out friends

XDEDX

boba_fett (November 5, 2003)

oh the hilarity.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

Or you're just retared.

-Justin

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

...Of complete and utter retardation.

-Chris

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Sickboi is champion.

-Justin

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Quit dodgin what I'm saying, I was standing right there when it happened. DTN got all worked up and tried to start shit with Paint It Black until Dan Yemin put them in their place. And I was at Mojo's when DTN and the "Guerilla Crew" (hahaha still laughing) came up to try to start more.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

sickboi has yes to say anything accurate or intelligent. Your word of mouth judgements and stereotypes are spent, and now you have to start talking as ridiculous as possible.

And yeah way to bring "credible" bands like the Explosion into this. No better dudes out there than them. Really.

Tim!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

1. Yes, the Guerilla crew. and this has relevance to H(804) how? Oh, right, it doesn't. You act like a being in a hardcore "crew" no matter how serious/not serious they are, is like being in the KKK.

2. As much as I dearly love Kid DYnamite, Paint is Black is a bunch of fucking dicks. And the Explosion is much, much worse. I've never seen "punk rockers" with their heads so far up their asses. annnd i'm pretty sure you totally exaggerated the whole DTN follwoing people home thing.
3. again. it's become quite apparent that you still don't know anything about hardcore, but refuse to lay down your pride and say "ok, i should probably stay out of this one and stop making MORE terrible assumptions and making ridiculous stereotypes." i mean, you're really just making yourself look like a total dick. how did this start? you bashing a band cause A) your friend told you they were H(804) and B) cause you laid down the "old school hardcore=STEAKHEADS!" theorem that you so successfully supported. I mean...keep it up, reading your shit is hilarious. really. make more terrible stereotypes and assumptions based on the 1 show you've been to.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

OK champ, last post.

1st, why don't we tell all the kids about the DTN "Guerilla Crew"....bahahahaha, you fucking dorks.

2nd, if they DTN kids are soooo nice and cool, why did they try to start shit with Paint it Black and the Explosion at the show back in August? Hmmm...yeah, I thought so. They even went as far as to follow all of us up to Mojo's afterwards to start shit. What a bunch of little pussies, just like the H(804) kids they only act like a bunch of tough guys when there 10-15 of em...bitches.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

out for justice!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Lee suggs be careful with those knees!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Mothafuckin' H-O-K-I-EEEEESSS

Tim!

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

well duh four walls was amazing. but this isn't the "compare dtn to four walls" thread. dtn happens to be an EXTREMELY nice bunch of dudes who are NOT involved in H(804) or however you wanna abbreviate it. H(804) was a crew and a band that was dominant back in the late 90's. those kids have all dropped out of hardcore. the dtn guys are super nice, and they just really like playing old school hardcore, and they really enjoy straightedge. if their friends mosh hard, big deal, doesn't mean they are a bunch of steakheads or whatever other stereotype you choose to place on them. sickboi - don't talk about hardcore like you know anything about it. cause it's preeetty obvious that you just don't know what you're talking about. im not saying thats bad, im just saying, don't sit there and make shitty assumptions and stereotypes based on what "friends of the band" told you and the legends you've heard about in the 2 years you've been going to twisters.

sickboi (November 3, 2003)

I thought the proper abreviation was H(804)?

Oh yeah, to take it back, Four Walls Falling was twice the band those fucktards could ever aspire to be.

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Let's Talk about xHeadwalkx instead.

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

oh sickboi that was such a super argument! i love reading your comments on here, you are totally showing those hardcore kids just how dumb they are for liking their steakhead music! everything you say is so intelligent, its like reading Anti Flag lyrics! I mean you've been to a rva hardcore show with DTN playing so you must have seen all the terrible shit they do to people! H8-04 is alive and still wreaking havoc on richmond punks and indie kids! i heard that one time the singer raped on old lady crossing the street and then moshed all over her and then was like "edgebreak facebreak!"

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

id rather listen to with honor.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

I bet if Jamie Hatebreed ever fought DTN he would totally destroy them.

-Justin

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Oh, I don't mind doll, but thanks...

I just know this cat's type all too well. I've seen way too many incarnations of this clown at shows here over the years that these jocko sXe kids are the only ones that really get to me. Other than that, I'm a pretty passive asshole.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

we love you sickboi, don't let it bother you.
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Wah wah wah.

You seem to be the one doing the whining.

"Don't talk shit about DTN, you're ruining our 'scene'."

I've seen your type come and go over the years, so I could care less. When your little "crew" has disbanded and moved to the burbs, I'll still be here slugger.

-sickboi
(!)

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

sickboi made fun of me for posting with an exclamation point at the end of my name. sweet. Good one.
You're still an internet crybaby.

Tim!

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Nice comments, steakhead. Regardless of your witty remarks, I've seen these guys live, and their jocktacular fans, which, I will always pass on.

Oh, is Tim! your little "scene name"? Don't worry son, like they say "SXE until you're 21", right?

Wink wink.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

Internet crybabies are awesome, keep posting sickboi. But some girl told me that, so I'm not 100% on it. I'll get back to you when I have the facts so I can bitch more by way of my keyboard.

Tim!

PS - DTN is great. They sound like hardcore did when kids still cared enough to have fun and not wear 80 dollar jeans.

sickboi (October 31, 2003)

A. I hate indie rock.
B. This came from a girl I know who is firends with some of these guys.
C. I said "think" because I wasn't sure.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

sickboi - grow up. nobody from this band is in hate-0-four. thats just one of those urban legends you've heard about at your shitty richmond indie rock shows.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

I think this band has someone from Hate-O-Four in it, if so, fuck dat. This score is for Hate-O-Four.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

i like when people talk about how hardcore should be. it makes me feel better about myself cause i then know im not the dumbest person ever.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Oh no Jamie's everywhere. Canst we not escape his wrath?
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

"In short, put down the Hatebreed CD and pick this one up instead, you’ll thank me later."

JAMIE HATEBREED, SINGER FOR HATEBREED HERE!!!1 I DON'T APPRECIATE THAT COMENT ONE BIT. ALL OF THIS BANDS RECORDS ARE INFERIOR TO OUR PRODUCT! THEY MOST DEFINATELY CANOT TOUCH OUR LATEST RECORD.

THIS SCORE IS FOR YOU, NOT FOR MY BAND'S INSPIRING JAQUES METAL.

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