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Nothington

Nothington: All InAll In (2007)
BYO Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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In the opening track of All In, Nothington's Jay Northington bellows out "I know exactly where I stand" and I have to say that he's got a point. For a band's freshman release you can't help but be impressed with their mix of punk rock, southern rock 'n' roll and infectious melody that would sound ju.
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In the opening track of All In, Nothington's Jay Northington bellows out "I know exactly where I stand" and I have to say that he's got a point. For a band's freshman release you can't help but be impressed with their mix of punk rock, southern rock 'n' roll and infectious melody that would sound just as at home on No Idea, sandwiched between Gunmoll and Hot Water Music as it does on BYO's roster.

Following the previously mentioned opening track, "Bottom Line" screeches along with verses and chorus that sound interestingly similar to something you'd expect from Social Distortion, a band who is frighteningly well-channeled in the track "Sell Out" later on. In fact, it sounds almost as if the boys from Nothington snuck into the Mr. Ness's house one night and stole some demos. If there's a rough patch to the album, it could be this song -- I happen to enjoy it immensely but I can see a listener finding such a similarity offputting.

The surprise of the album comes five tracks in with Chris Matulich's vocal debut on the album. Having spent time in Enemy You, Matulich brings out a lighter side to the music in "Awake for Days." His clean vocals contrast with Northington's, breaking the album up at an opportune time. Tracks 7-10 offer a barrage of quality: Leading with the slightly melancholy "This Time Last Year" (a cover of one of the member's former bands) followed by the driving duet with former Tsunami Bomb bandmate and vocalist Emily Whitehurst in "Last Time," the album picks up with "This Means War." The song features some great vocal back-and-forth between Northington and Matulich and easily best represents their live show: rough, raw and catchy. "Where Is This Going?" ends the raucous part of the album complete with "whoa-oh"s.

The band closes the album with an acoustic number that sadly will likely never see live performance. "Death of Jim Green" closes the album just right, letting your brain relax a bit and take in the last half-hour or so. While the band is breaking no new ground with their tried and true mixture of southern punk rock and roll forged by bands like Gunmoll and Ann Beretta, they've managed to carve out a niche all their own. The great thing about a band like this is that the whole affair feels so familiar. All In feels like your mom took your blankie from your childhood and requilted it -- comforting and secure but with surprises in store and hidden potential.

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Filbunke (June 23, 2011)

When I first heard "Sell out" I thought that it was a Social Distortion-song. I mean, seriously.
So that was spot on in the review.

Great band!

Marchelo (September 6, 2010)

Before listening to Roads Bridges and Ruins I thought this was awesome. After doing so, I think it is very nice. I cannot take off my mind the fact that this album could be better as it proves in their sophomore album. It's still really cool, but some of their tracks don't really grow on me. Otherwise, maybe Bottom Line is their best song. Or no... I don't know, they've quickly become on of my fav's bands and I can't really pick a track. Whatever, killer record.

14theroad (January 12, 2009)

I loved this record on the first listen. Had no idea Tsunami Bomb members were in this band until just now, after reading this review. Which is pretty cool, I was a big fan. "The Last Time" almost made me cry the first time I heard it it's so good. That hasn't happened to me in years.

MN_punkmaster-skaman (March 21, 2008)

This album kicks ass!! Everytime I put this in the CD player, I just want to pound down some whiskey....especially to "Where I Stand". Can't wait for the next one.

Skawas (March 14, 2008)

Greath album. And the singer has far better voice than leatherface!

justinius (June 5, 2007)

leatherface tribute albums rule.

misterspike (April 3, 2007)

This album has rocked me harder than anything else I've gotten in 2007. Nothing groundbreaking, and it doesn't need to be.

Anonymous (February 25, 2007)

This album isn't doing anything original but I haven't been able to stop listening to them for days now. Considering it could be another 8 years before Social Distortion puts out another record, I don't mind if someone else does the same thing as long as they do it well, and these guys do it pretty well. The Gunmoll reference is apt, too, there's a hint of their brand of punk in Nothington's sound. All in all, worth tracking down.

Kursk (February 22, 2007)

I like this band a lot, when Tsunami Bomb split I was kind of bummed. When the two new bands came out of it: Nothington, and the band that Agent M is in, I really didn't like her new band. But Nothington grabbed me and demanded my attention upon first listen. Great album, this band has a lot more potential too I think.

Ike_Ness (February 22, 2007)

This album is pretty solid. But then again, when I listened to the album (especially track #6) I was feeling kind of beat. Yet I decided to hit the streets... Who knows, maybe I am slowly losing my mind?

Anonymous (February 21, 2007)

of all the new stuff this week, this actually sounds pretty decent, almost a social d esk feel, at least in some parts-oldpunker-

JKyle (February 21, 2007)

This is the album I keep wishing Lucero would write.

m-oo (February 20, 2007)

Ahh the perks of AP hehe cheers Scott!

SloaneDaley (February 20, 2007)

BYO is one of my favourite labels, this helps support that feeling.

Still there needs to be a new Leatherface record

Anonymous (February 20, 2007)

I bought this and listened to it twice. The songs never say anything new or interesting and the music is predictable. I'm thinking about throwing it away as an act of defiance.

Anonymous (February 20, 2007)

This is a good album. It is produced by Scott Llamas (Facing New York, Love Equals Death, Tragedy Andy) who is an awesome producer. Check it out. He also produced my band Two Left Feet's two cds...

listen to it if you want at
myspace.com/twoleftfeetrocks

Either way, Scott Llamas is a fucking awesome producer and Popsmear Studios is the place to go if you are in the bay area.

thanks

nocigar (February 20, 2007)

woah shit! , this album is fuckin rockin.

maverick (February 20, 2007)

"So what ex Tsunami Bomb member(s) are in this band?"

Jay Northington, the frontman of Nothington, was the last guitarist in TB (he never recorded with them, just toured on the last record). Nothington's drummer is Gabe Lindeman, who was Tsunami Bomb's drummer on all their recordings.

Agent M contributes vocals to a few tracks here, and on one of the songs on this record (I think it's actually "Going Home"), Matt McKenzie (their last bassist, who played on The Definitive Act) played bass -- so it was sort of like a Tsunami Bomb reunion, only with comletely different music.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 20, 2007)

Release is solid as hell. I enjoyed it. Sure its nothing incredible or groundbreaking but I think its a solid first release from a band that has a great future. As much as I like this release it makes me look forward to what this band can become in the future, if that makes sense?

Considering the sound and style of the album I'm not surprised people here are all over it.

m-oo (February 20, 2007)

So what ex Tsunami Bomb member(s) are in this band?
I even wikipedia'd it and nothing came up boo.

Listened to it twice and I am really enjoying it. Nothing too new but I dont see why that matters to everyone, if you like it you like it.

wallofyouth (February 20, 2007)

what sort of surprises are in this re-quilted blankie you speak of?

Dante3000 (February 20, 2007)

Maybe I'm being too picky but the label "one trick pony" shouldn't apply to a band that can juxtapose songs like "Death of Jim Green" and "Where is this going" and do so seamlessly. And really, for a guy who put The Draft in his top 20, this is at least as versatile as that.
I'll admit it's not groundbreaking but it's 100% and fluid.
-Dante
But it's no Head Automatica.

maverick (February 20, 2007)

Ah, it's "Going Home," not "Coming Home." My bad.

-Scott

maverick (February 20, 2007)

Four stars is a bit gracious for a one-trick pony, but there's some solid tunes on here for sure, especially that "Coming Home" song (I think that's the title; it's the first one M sings on the record).

-Scott

cherrycolarain (February 20, 2007)

Whoa, did I fuck up on that last comment... I meant:

Being a big fan of both Hot Water Music and Leatherface I had to check this out, pronto. I was not disappointed whatsoever, the album is extremely fluent and none of the songs are a let down. Well done Nothington, I'm almost ashamed that I thought these guys would never match Tsunami Bomb.

Anonymous (February 20, 2007)

Being a big fan of both Hot Water Music and Leatherface I had to check this out, pronto. I was not disapointed whatsoever, they album is extremely fluent and none of the songs are a let down. Well done Nothington, I'm always ashamed that I thought these guys wouldn't match Tsunami Bomb.

notfeelingcreative (February 20, 2007)

I tried to order this today, unfortunately my computer doesn't like BYO or No Idea's shopping cart feature.

bryne (February 20, 2007)

Good review. I'll have to give this a listen.

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