Songs To Make You Happy


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In their first single, acclaimed and raised by the media to reach the top of the annual charts, these four boys from Zaragoza left a message that was blatantly provoking and full of irony: “Pop Sucks”. But, of course, that wasn´t their usual philosophy: their following single (“Bite”) and their first and splendid LP (“Orange Park”) proved too well how POP, in capital letters, is the style were NOTHING act free and easy, self-assured and with a disarming fluency. Besides, their new CD-single confirms the above written: first, they name it under a perfectly concise definition of what pop is (“Songs To Make You Happy”), and after that they make it even clearer with a first song which not only accomplishes the aim of the main title, but it’s suitably called “How To Destroy Rock”. It comes out clearly that NOTHING are not posing, but they have an attitude. I don’t know if they’ll manage to destroy rock, but it’s obvious that they are building something really important. In fact, if the word pop could be the same again -worn out as it was by its own bad use- songs like this would fill it with sense.

“Gleemer”, the second song, it’s a cover version of the song by american band GUIDED BY VOICES (closer to TEENAGE FANCLUB’s “Grand Prix” than lo-fi), which they easily take to their field. Because NOTHING already have, regardless of their youth, a sound of their own and recognizable at first sight. Ernesto’s sweet, silky voice gives a personality to their simple, emotional songs, embellished by the backing vocals, and overflowing with a tasteful scent for melody.

“In The Other Side Of Space” does the honors to its title, with a “space” production that reminds us of our waiting for the next release of their second album, due to be produced by 18 WHEELER’s Sean Jackson.

“Fork”’s melody and euphoric development (it can even remind of CAST’s jangly guitar pop) make us aware of NOTHING as members of those pop wizards who seem to own the gift of eternal youth, along with the likes of GODSTAR, VELVET CRUSH or the bands from Bus Stop label.

Finally, “Song n.5” is an acoustic, delicate song, performed with a sensibility that’s close to Lou Barlow or Evan Dando’s relaxed, melancholic way, closing a new chapter in NOTHING’s unstoppable career: a band to make you happy.


released July 4, 1996


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