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DOMENIC ‘NICKY’ PALERMO from NOTHING tips us off on the hottest new bands on Earth…
When it comes to finding new bands, I tend to lurk on Instagram pretty hard. But while social media helps, it isn’t everything, and I still like to hit shows to do it the old-school way, too. I like finding new bands before everyone else – if I don’t, it kinda ruins it for me!
I’ve got to start out with a shout-out to my homie Mike [Torres], the singer from Nomads, who has just started a new D-beat punk group called Section H8. I’ve always been a fan of what he does, and this new project is great. It’s different to Nomads, but it goes just as hard – it’s music for when you’re totally mad at everybody and just don’t want to speak to anyone.
Since we’re talking about angry music, you should all check out Candy. They’re based in LA, too, and their latest record, Good To Feel, is one of my favourite hardcore albums of this year. The songs are only a minute or two long, and there’s one called Lust For Destruction that is such a banger. It’s a new take on an old-school vibe, which is great for me as I would class myself as an oldhead. Oh, and by the way, they’re definitely not the ’80s glam band with Gilby Clarke who used to play guitar in Guns N’ Roses!
I’m also getting into this band called Pale Joyride. It’s this new shoegazemeets-alt.rock kinda thing. They’re not as aggressive as the other bands I’ve mentioned, it’s more ‘chilling time’ music. I saw them in New York and had this mad experience. There were only four people in the venue, but it didn’t matter – you could see there was no bullshit attached to what they were doing. It wasn’t about money, it was about pure love for music.
If Temple Of Angels don’t feel as new as the other bands I’ve mentioned, it’s because they’ve been around a little while longer, but people are really starting to recognise them now. They’re from Austin, and they just released a new EP called Foiled. I get real Siouxsie And The Banshees vibes from the vocals, their singer Bre Morell has such a wonderful voice which goes along with the Cocteau Twinsstyle soundscapes.
Now it’s over to my boys from Seattle in Big Bite who we just finished a tour with. Most of the time I get burned out and don’t watch the other bands but, honestly, I watched these guys every night for 25 days straight. You can kinda hear early Dinosaur Jr. in there, and I can’t wait to see what that band will go on to do. It’s going to be really cool.
Finally, I literally just discovered a new artist called Yowler who put out a record called Black Dog In My Path a month ago. It’s really, really impressive and I can see her becoming very successful, which is cool because she’s from my home city, Philadelphia. What a great name, too! Maybe instead of Nothing, we should’ve actually called our band Yowler.
“SECTION H8 ARE FOR WHEN YOU’RE MAD AT EVERYONE” NICKY PALERMO
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Temple Of Angels: Actually quite angelic Candy: Crushing Yowler: Google maps was really wide of the mark