Nothing almost define what post-hardcore is – or at least should be. The driving emotion of hardcore is still there, but instead of noisy wails are expert sonic landscapes. The band builds this on Dancing On the Blacktop.
With its elements of shoegaze and post-rock, Blacktop is really one full piece, with individual tracks largely meshing with each other, from the suitably epic/intimate emotional reach of opener “Zero Day” to the big finish “(HOPE) Is Just Another Word With a Hole In It”. There are catchier, even brighter moments, such as “You Wind Me Up” and the glowing “The Carpenter’s Son”, but this is a record driven by sorrow.
While not the breakthrough debut of 2014’s Guilty of Everything (QRO review), Blacktop solidifies the post-hardcore ground that Nothing is stands upon.