Nothing at DC9
A few songs into Nothing's set singer/guitarist Dominic Palermo asked the audience "How y'all doin tonight?" (or something like that). The response was raucous cheering, to which Palermo responded "No! Nobody could possibly be feeling that good." That pretty much summarizes what this band is all about. Someone in the audience: "I'm unemployed!" Palermo: "That's more like it." The Gloom Patrol strikes again.
Nothing at Saint Vitus
I suppose I should write something about Nothing (yes, the lineup of this particular show had a "Who's On First" quality).
Nothing are not as mellow as I had expected. You know how some bands, especially some psych/shoegaze bands, rock harder on their albums (because it sells) but are relaxed or almost sleepy on stage? Nothing are the opposite of that, closer to A Place To Bury Strangers or Nightmare Air without being consistently as loud. Unlike those bands Nothing's songs do have dreamy parts, but when they get to the rock parts these guys get aggressive. I think one of their guitarists did some real damage to his equipment, and he lost his shoe too. I like that level of intensity.