12 Jul 2016

HSS Artist Profile: No Nothings

Humber Street Sesh is creepin’ up good and proper – have a skeg through the first in our series of artist profiles with gritty, dirty three piece No Nothings.

We’re all counting down the days til this year’s Humber Street Sesh, Hull’s most highly anticipated music event which expects to attract 32,000 people to watch over 200 bands and acts across 14 stages. To celebrate, we’re gearing up by profiling just a selection of the top bands taking over Hull Marina on 6 August.

Despite their ‘Speed Garage’ label, No Nothings are a far cry from the electronic dance genre best associated with Armand Van Helden. The ‘ull based three piece made up of guitarists Chris Frost and Alex Day with drummer Joe Brodie generally avoid categorising. ‘In the words of Mr Big’ says Chris, ‘names is for tombstones baby’.

No Nothings band

No Nothings formed equally inspired by art, music and philosophy, taking influence from Socrates,  known for his emphasis on the importance of the mind rather than the relative unimportance of the body. With a focus on collaboration, and aims to simplify to remove the unnecessary, most of their songs ‘tend to clock in at two to three minutes or less’ says Chris. ‘If it’s not necessary, then get rid’. Influences range from the obvious ‘punk stuff’ people generally expect, to ‘horrible, dirty, heavy music’. Drummer Alex is partial to ABBA, whilst Joe is a disco ‘Bee Gees man’. Some broader artistic influences include the likes of ‘Burroughs, Nietzsche, Warhol and Jackson Pollock. ‘Stop me if I’m being pretentious’ says Chris.

Thanks to Nottingham based promoters and label owners I’m Not From London, who the three piece consider as ‘friends as well as partners’ the group have played alongside four piece HECK, formerly known as Baby Godzilla (after a lengthy lawsuit with the Japanese cinema giant) and are set to release their debut 12’’ vinyl EP. HECK make great music, have a good time and look after their fans’ Chris says ‘That should be the blueprint for any band!’

No Nothings band

The group recently threw their EP launch party at the legendary Adelphi Club in Hull on 8 July with top sets from Cannibal Animal, Bear Chest and LUMER along with fabulous artwork by Joe Johnson, which Chris describes as ‘a bit of a nod to the work of Robert Crumb (American cartoonist) but in his own style’. ‘He also stars in the video for I’m Dead, which features Joe as an over enthusiastic man going about his everyday activities in a gimp suit. ‘The video is easily relatable for most people’ says Chris. It’s also hilarious.

Hull based venues such as The Adelphi, Fruit and the The Polar Bear are something they all regard as a ‘home from home’. ‘Outside of Hull we’re often in London’ Chris says. ‘Birthdays is a great venue, basically anywhere we can turn up, get loud and get heavy’. Top priority for the boys is getting their new music out and heard, gigging as much as possible and planning another tour of Europe in September. With the Humber Street Sesh only a few weeks away, the boys are jazzed to play it, regarding the festival as a personal highlight.

‘It is no understatement that we all consider the Humber Street Sesh the best thing that happens in Hull all year. We were honoured to be asked to headline the Fruit stage.’
– Chris

You can order the debut 12” vinyl by No Nothings released through I’m Not From London records on 22 July.

No Nothings will headline the Fruit Stage at The Humber Street Sesh on 6 August.