Nothington – Borrowed Time

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Borrowed Time - Red Scare Industries

Last year at the Fest, Nothington were the band that headlined my Friday night. With a swarm of strangers, I sang arm in arm at the sweaty and heat-filled Common Grounds. Suffice to say, it was a night to remember.

Now, with their debut full length on Red Scare Industries (after two albums on BYO Records), Nothington have delivered enough songs to make countless other memorable nights of sweat-filled sing alongs.

The band doesn’t take a moment’s breath and jumps right in with Captive Audience opening the album with thudding drum beats barreling through the speakers. Heavy distortion, tons of bass and nasally vocals, Nothington are on track to deliver their best album of their career right from the get go.

Borrowed Time, like my all time favorite Nothington song Last Time, is built on a sense of exhaustion and introspection. The band is at the brink of collapse, singing working class songs that rejuvenate the listener and the band themselves. Layered vocals – one slightly cleaner than the other but both with a gruffness that can’t be matched – work hand in hand to create unmatched harmonies.  Listen to Where I Can’t Be Found and the excitement, passion and energy just seeps through the speakers, making a song that sticks out almost as much as None More Black’Backpedal did last year.

The album builds and never wavers, from the single Far To Go to the slower and sparse Hopeless, they hit every song at full tilt and even throw in some slight Social Distortion influence on Ordinary Lives.Within the first listen the album has hooked you, and you can pretty much guaranteed that this album will be splattered all over the year end lists come December this year.

After all, Borrowed Time is most the band’s most accessible (in a good way) and memorable album. When Nothington first appeared in the scene on the heels of the Tsunami Bomb breakup, they blew me away with All In; yet it is only a few songs on that album that keeps me coming back for more. Their follow-up, Roads Bridges and Ruins was more cohesive but didn’t pack quite as strong of a punch.Borrowed Time doesn’t have any of those pitfalls. This is a cohesive, complete album with every song pulling you in for more.  Here’s hoping I will one day get to see the songs live, in a sweaty club somewhere singing along with strangers the way these songs are meant to be heard.