ARTICLE PATRIK SANDBERG
PHOTOGRAPHY HEDI SLIMANE
PREVIEW V91 THE REBELS ISSUE WITH A SERIES OF PROFILES ON AMERICA'S UNDERGROUND NOISEMAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY HEDI SLIMANE. CONTINUE YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH NOTHING
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With American rock radio bought and paid for and music television long extinct, the best bands in the U.S. are flourishing under the radar—but that doesn't mean they deserve to be ignored. As pop embraces hip-hop and E.D.M., the most defiant action an artist can take is to pick up a guitar. There's a new punk spirit rising. Meet the dreamers and screamers being big, bad sounds back to life.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Members [above, from left]: Nick Bassett (bass), Kyle Kimball (percussion), Domenic Palermo (guitar and vocals), and Brandon Setta (lead guitar and vocals)
How long have you been making music together? About a year now.
How did you come up with your name? Reading Céline in an empty bathtub high on pills.
Describe your sound. A messy room in a nice home in a shit ghetto.
What’s the craziest show you’ve ever played? It was our last show at 285 Kent. I tried throwing my guitar, but I was caught in the cable. It rubber-banded and came back at me, striking me on my forehead and opening me up. No one had any bandages, so I used vodka, paper towels, and duct tape. They were also nice enough to give me a bottle of Evan Williams that I drank the whole way back on the turnpike home.
What do you listen to on the road? Each other crying.
What is your favorite venue? Bottle Tree, in Birmingham, and Boot & Saddle, in Philadelphia.
If you could book your dream bill, who would you play with? Let’s just do a whole tour with prime Oasis.
Finish this sentence: “The music industry needs more…” David Bowies.
Finish this sentence: “Rock and roll is…” in a casket in Brooklyn, lying down next to Lou Reed.
Tell us your favorite lyric from your own music. “No help for us / There’s no safe haven / Search for a place / You can’t be saved in” [from “The Rites of Love and Death”]
NOTHING IS RELEASING A SPLIT 7-INCH WITH WHIRR THIS OCTOBER ON RUN FOR COVER RECORDS
Production Yann Rzepka