nothing, nowhere mixes pop-punk and hip hop sounds during sold out Anaheim show

Very rarely does an artist come along that excites me as much as nothing, nowhere does. Formed as the brainchild of Joe Mulherin, nothing,nowhere blends together the atmosphere and emotions of post-punk emo with the elements of hip hop.

From the melancholy found in his 2015 EP, Bummer, to his forthcoming full length record that promises a more optimistic and upbeat outlook, nothing,nowhere speaks of and almost embodies self-deprecation and heartbreak in the most comforting way. It’s relatable, and hearing the crowd scream back those lyrics is a haunting yet magical thing in itself.

A sold out Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Calif., marked the halfway point of nothing, nowhere’s first ever headlining tour. The night began with “Houdini,” the opening track off of his sophomore album, Reaper. In between songs, Mulherin took the time to acknowledge the achievement of playing at such an iconic venue, and made note of the fact that he went from watching YouTube videos in his basement of his favorite bands playing at Chain Reaction, to being able to headline that same stage.

Jumping between the somber tracks like “I’ve Been Doing Well” and “Weight of the Wind,” to the ones that inspired a circle pit, the hour set felt a lot shorter than it was. Nevertheless, it was an hour filled with emotion and an atmosphere that only nothing,nowhere could bring. With the crowd singing along to every word of every song, the night ended with an encore that consisted of an acoustic rendition of “I’m Sorry, I’m Trying.” It was the perfect way to end an evening where, if even for a short hour, every broken heart was mended and the problems from the outside world faded, with a reminder that the reaper will come some other day, but definitely not tonight.

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nothing, nowhere mixes pop-punk and hip hop sounds during sold out Anaheim show

Very rarely does an artist come along that excites me as much as nothing, nowhere does. Formed as the brainchild of Joe Mulherin, nothing,nowhere blends together the atmosphere and emotions of post-punk emo with the elements of hip hop.

From the melancholy found in his 2015 EP, Bummer, to his forthcoming full length record that promises a more optimistic and upbeat outlook, nothing,nowhere speaks of and almost embodies self-deprecation and heartbreak in the most comforting way. It’s relatable, and hearing the crowd scream back those lyrics is a haunting yet magical thing in itself.

A sold out Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Calif., marked the halfway point of nothing, nowhere’s first ever headlining tour. The night began with “Houdini,” the opening track off of his sophomore album, Reaper. In between songs, Mulherin took the time to acknowledge the achievement of playing at such an iconic venue, and made note of the fact that he went from watching YouTube videos in his basement of his favorite bands playing at Chain Reaction, to being able to headline that same stage.

Jumping between the somber tracks like “I’ve Been Doing Well” and “Weight of the Wind,” to the ones that inspired a circle pit, the hour set felt a lot shorter than it was. Nevertheless, it was an hour filled with emotion and an atmosphere that only nothing,nowhere could bring. With the crowd singing along to every word of every song, the night ended with an encore that consisted of an acoustic rendition of “I’m Sorry, I’m Trying.” It was the perfect way to end an evening where, if even for a short hour, every broken heart was mended and the problems from the outside world faded, with a reminder that the reaper will come some other day, but definitely not tonight.

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