I can’t even express how desperately I needed to hear a band like this at the very beginning of 2021. This group represents the best melodic hardcore could probably offer right now. Nowheres is a brand new melodic hardcore punk quintet that emanates from Linköping, Sweden. If you’re profoundly into hardcore music, then you’re probably fully aware of how Swedish bands can take every genre you could imagine on an entirely new level. Everything about this band resonates in a very positive way that will blow you away right with the first beats of their debut EP. Expect everything you ever loved about melodic hardcore, packed in three energetic numbers.
Looking For A Way Back Home is opening this marvelous material with a recognizable youth crew vibe, intervened with the classic melodic hardcore maneuvers. This particular number takes the best from both subgenres of hardcore. You will recognize the late nineties straight edge acrobatics, but you may stumble upon some modern hardcore instrumentations included along the way as well. Nowheres combine thoughtfully arranged harmonizations with profoundly dynamic rhythmical sequences to achieve a specific polyphonous, but intense atmosphere. Always Comes On My Mind is slowing down the pace a little bit with moderate tempos, but the guitars are showcasing various harmonizations through loads od dualities. Both guitars are firing an equal amounts of melodies, perfectly combined to flawlessly orchestrate with precise rhythm section. This is a meaningful composition that offers almost the same powerful output as Looking For A Way Back, but through slower rhythms and even more melodies.
Nowheres are returning up into faster waters with Closing In, another pacey composition that closes this exceptional material. This number encompases all the vital elements of melodic hardcore, but it still possesses some youth crew articulations somewhere beneath the layers of ear-appealing melodies. The composition has a powerful chorus that somehow indicates the closure of The Way Back Home. It’s hard to explain it with simple words, but it leaves the sense of closure in the atmosphere. Nowheres are certainly paying a lot of attention to the details, accentuations, song structures and arrangements. Therefore, all three compositons are including loads of entertaining moments along the way. You may hear similarities with bands such as Bane, Carry On, Betrayed, Better Than A Thousand, Shelter, Dag Nasty, and all those groups who built their style upon harmonious melodies and vigorous rhytmical performance. However, Nowheres are sounding fresh and unique enough, so I am positively sure you’ll return to this material for thousand times.
The Way Back Home initially came out as a digital EP, available in its entirety at Bandcamp and Spotify, but the group eventually decided to release it on the cassette. With the help of Negative Aggression Tapes and Tromatized Tapes, who teamed up to release this material, The Way Back Home will see the light of the day as a limited physical release limited to 40 tapes. The release is currently available for pre-order at both record labels, but you have to act fast because each store carries only 20 copies. Head over to Negative Aggression Tapes or Tromatized Tapes and preserve your copy.