Erratic but moving. Abrasive but smooth. The Nothingz, consisting of Daniel Run (guitar / drums) and Ronnie Edwards (drums / guitar) are a melodic contradiction, to say the least. It’s not easy to pigeon hole them in to one genre, nor is it fair. One thing’s for sure, they make it work – and make it work well!
The London/St. Thomas duo forge a sound that’s 90’s alternative rock-inspired with a heavy presence of early 90’s punk undertones. Their sound consists of grungy vocals and slow sections, then kicks it into high octane hooks packed with screaming vocals and cutting riffs. As if that weren’t enough, listeners get the real deal when they combine that with their dizzying array of distortion pedals and effects. It changes the dynamic of their already raw sound and, when they’re on stage, it becomes an in-your-face adrenaline rush!
Well… It doesn’t stop there! Both Dan and Ronnie alternate between drums and guitar, which showcases their diversity and musicianship. They possess individual styles but it doesn’t deviate from their overall sound. There’s a consistency here that other bands taking an experimental approach usually seem to miss. That’s to say these bands can, at times, try justify their approach by over-diversifying their sound and, from a listener’s standpoint, it can feel disjointed. The Nothingz strike a healthy balance within their sound and this formula works to their advantage.
If you’re looking for a high-octane set, The Nothingz have got you covered! There’s a nice dose of stage banter and audience interaction, but that’s just the beginning. When the music starts, both Dan and Ronnie spew pure energy. These guys turn it up to eleven by alternating instruments mid-set! Regardless what they play, each member presents a unique, yet chaotic touch that sucks you in. Whether it’s Dan behind the kit and Ronnie on guitar/vocals (or vice versa), there’s no lull in the atmosphere. It’s sharp, exhilarating and intoxicating. Get a glimpse of that live intensity here!
Their tracks “Satisfy You” and “Sunny’s” (named after a popular music venue in St. Thomas – maybe you’ve heard of it) began receiving airplay on Western University’s CHRW 94.9FM. These are just a precursor to an anticipated EP expected to drop over the summer. For being a relatively new band on the scene, they’ve been gaining lots of traction. Be sure to catch them playing if you see their name on the bill – you won’t be disappointed!
All photographs used with permission by Berry Photography.