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Nothing guitarist and frontman Dominic ‘Nicky’ Palermo was raised in the 90s in Kensington, Philadelphia, at the time the heroin capital of the US.
Having navigated a maze of hardcore bands, disrupted family life and stints in prison, Nicky managed to pull together Nothing – ultimately the project that saved him.
“I decided that I wasn’t going to let the world push me around anymore. That I was going to fight it… That didn’t really work out, either.”
The band make heavy shoe gaze music – a soundtrack to stoned hangovers, regret and drunken euphoria. Nicky’s a self-confessed self-destructor and he documents his experiences and grimly humorous take on life in brutally bare bones lyrics, obscuring them behind washes of colourful distortion.
Second album Tired Of Tomorrow (released in May) is already one of our favourites of the year. Matt caught up with Nicky to speak in-depth about his teenage years in Kensington, selected bad decisions and the human capacity to adapt to almost anything.
Nothing's second album Tired Of Tomorrow is out now on Relapse Records.