U.S. alt.rock sto­ry­tellers deal­ing in cine­matic tunes and tough life les­sons

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Grow­ing up is not some­thing that hap­pens overnight. Of­ten it’s a process of mak­ing mis­takes, learn­ing from them, mak­ing the same mis­takes again, then fac­ing up to some hard truths.

It’s a theme that runs through No Bou­quet, the new al­bum from emo duo All Get Out, and some­thing front­man Nathan Hussey knows well. “Part of me grow­ing up – which hap­pened very late in my life – was re­al­is­ing how to be a bet­ter per­son and sur­round my­self with bet­ter peo­ple,” he con­tem­plates. “I missed out on learn­ing those things at crit­i­cal mo­ments and had to come back with my tail be­tween my legs.”

Nathan formed the band in Charleston, South Carolina while still a teenager. Over the course of two al­bums and numer­ous line-up changes – cur­rently con­sist­ing of Nathan on vo­cals/gui­tar and six-stringer Kyle Sa­muel, plus tour­ing drum­mers and bassists – he has be­come a mas­ter of spin­ning emo­tional yarns that un­fold on beds of dy­namic, wide-eyed gui­tars. De­spite a cult fan base and crit­i­cal ac­claim, though, for a while it seemed like All Get Out would re­main un­der­dogs. No Bou­quet looks set to change that. It’s a record loaded with cathar­tic hooks as Nathan charts the feel­ing of hav­ing to run to catch up, but also learn­ing that life is not a race and you might miss what you’ve al­ready got if you treat it that way. It is a sen­ti­ment cap­tured in the lyric, ‘ You’re no bou­quet, you’re just a rose,’ from open­ing track Rose. As Nathan ex­plains, it’s about find­ing your value as part of some­thing big­ger than your­self and was in­spired by a sim­i­lar line in Ja­panese an­ime movie Spir­ited Away. “A lot of these songs started with scenes that meant a lot to me, and I would start writ­ing as if I were one of those char­ac­ters,” he re­veals. “I’d ex­plore the com­plex­i­ties in their emo­tions and re­la­tion­ships, but as I’d go along, I’d find I’d run out of room be­cause I’m not that per­son. So I’d in­ter­ject my­self in there, and I’d find I was talk­ing about my­self all along.”

As well as writ­ing this record shortly after 2016’s aptly-ti­tled No­body Likes A Quit­ter, Nathan also re­leased a solo record ear­lier this year and proudly re­veals that, “I just fin­ished a demo for the next record ear­lier to­day.”

Busy man. No won­der he had to ac­tively find the time to do some grow­ing up. ALL GET OUT ’S AL­BUM NO BOU­QUET IS OUT NOW VIA EQUAL VI­SION


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