Beaumont – Nothing


Creating alternative rock with a nice line in pop punk to it, Beaumont is a newly emerging proposal for the British rock scene to contemplate. The beginning of May saw the Birmingham-based quintet release their debut EP, Nothing; a five-track romp of infectious energy and melodic tenacity which quite simply commands attention. That is not to say that Beaumont have come across major uniqueness in their sound yet but with strong potential fuelling its presence, it certainly is something easy to take a real shine to.

Taking their name from a character in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Beaumont is a creative union of friends mixing the melancholic heart of their lyrical exploration with the vibrant catchiness of a melody rich sound. 2015 was a busy year for the band with shows alongside the likes of Light You Up and WSTR a particular highlight to add to individual experiences seeing members touring and playing with bands such as Four Year Strong, ROAM, State Champs, and A Loss For Words over the last few years. Produced by John Mitchell (Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six), Nothing is the band’s introduction to a broader national spotlight, and such its vivacity alone, easy to see an invitation rewarded with new fans and keen praise.

With songs which in the words of vocalist Spencer Edmonds, “…cover a range of emotions from hatred and greed to loneliness,” adding “It’s a snapshot of how we were feeling at specific times over the last two years…” , Nothing swiftly entices and pleases with opener Cheapside. An initial melody coaxes ears before thumping beats and spicier melodies join its welcome in league with an already throatily potent bassline. Edmonds’ vocals complete the creative scenery, quickly impressing in quality and expression as he shares the melancholic angst of the song. As mentioned previously, the solemn reflection of word and voice comes bound in lively sounds around a swinging gait driven by the contagious bassline of Reece Aleksander and Mitchell Dornan’s scything beats. It is a web, with guitarists Jake Murray and Chris Inston tenacious in riffs and grooves, which refuses to be ignored as it provides a potent start to the EP soon matched by the excellent Boys & Girls.

BEAUMONT NOTHING EP COVER_RingMasterReviewThe second song makes a bolder entrance, keeping its boisterous character going as it slips into a pop punk infused stroll with nagging riffs and eagerly prowling rhythms. Edmonds again impresses as great harmonies soar around him at times, it all gaining greater energy in the track’s rousing chorus which just tops the thrilling encounter perfectly before it hands ears over to the emotively shadowed and musically vibrant Miserable. Riffs and hooks have a bite to them, backed by the rapier swings of Dornan, which accentuates and gives greater character to the melodic endeavour surrounding them. With its predecessor, the song provides the pinnacle of the EP, though the ‘step down’ is barely noticeable as Art School manages to simultaneously croon with emotive flame while whipping up a feisty physical involvement. It might lack the extra spark of adventure of the previous pair, but in no time it tempts with throbbing riffs from bass and guitar amidst the contagious nature of hooks and group vocals, and a blaze of a chorus.

The Springsteen referencing E Street brings Nothing to a strong close, it too missing that final piece of the jigsaw yet has ears and enjoyment hungry for more whilst showing fresh aspects to the songwriting and sound of Beaumont. As catchy as anything on the EP, it makes a fine end to a thoroughly engaging and satisfying first look at and listen to a band with promise and imagination which alone could see them make great strides ahead.

The Nothing EP is out now via Reclaim Music through most online stores.

Pete RingMaster 06/05/2016

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Nothing – Dig


    Recently signed to Relapse Records, Philadelphia-based Nothing release new single Dig to celebrate the link up with the label who will release the band’s debut album Guilty Of Everything in 2014, as well as their current tour with Whirr. Combining a mesmeric and stirring mix of shoegaze, metal, and progressive invention, the single is an imagination capturing temptress walking the same seduction as found from Deftones and Palms but with a unique potently evocative sonic elegance of its own.

Nothing was formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo, a musician who previously brought us hardcore/punk act Horror Show. His former band was held at stop when Palermo was imprisoned for a stabbing which saw him away for two years. Once released, he took time away from music before releasing a demo called Poshlost under the Nothing name. Then followed a union with Brandon Setta, who brought his craft for creating lush and rich evocative soundscapes to the intent and vision of Palermo. A 300 ltd edition 12” EP called Suns And Lovers followed on the Japanese boutique label Big Love Records, with the band donating its share of the proceeds to the label for a Tsunami Relief Charity. The release was then followed by a five track EP Downward Years To Come in November of last year which again caught the imagination of a great many.

Recorded with Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recordings the single is a scintillating hook not only to itself but the forthcoming album, an inspiring playmate for thoughts and visions to immerse and wrap themselves within. Dig opens with a crisp but gentle blaze of guitar and resonating ambience which only needs the entrance of the outstanding vocals to secure total attention and plant a seed which brews to ardour by the song’s end. It is impossible not to think of Deftones during the track but it is doing the song an injustice such its individual fascination and melodic charisma burning magnetically from within the caustic yet equally alluring steely wrap. Vocally thoughts also drift to House Of Love whilst the song itself explores a skilfully fermented sunset framed by the outstanding rhythmic cage and spellbinding guitar guile and craft.

Dig is a must check out release though it should come with a warning as there is no doubt it will be the instigator of strong unrest as the wait for Guilty Of Everything and its joys seemingly promised by the single bears down on patience.


RingMaster 20/08/2013


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