Saturday night I finally watched my first live gig of 2020, and it was online.
Meet When Nothing Works, who describe themselves as a "Shouty Band" from Essex, trying to prove that something better than TOWIE can come out of it, and even though they only have a handful of tracks out at the moment, they've already achieved this easily in my books.
I discovered When Nothing Works through Twitter, where they are quite active, with plenty of both humorous, and informative postings. I found myself laughing at quite a bit of their funnier stuff, while being educated with others and of course, rocking out to their awesome tunes.
Before their online gig, the five Essex lads had three released tracks: 'Coward', 'Hurt/Heal' and the recently dropped 'Hungover Guilt'. All of these are firmly in the Metalcore genre, though I'm internally labelling them Easy Listening 'Core, there is no over the top aggressiveness on any of these songs, just the right amount.
But rest assured, there are plenty of thought provoking lyrics, which are sung, shouted (hence the "Shouty Band" quip) and growled, coupled together with great backing music that bring just enough of the heavy that we all love.
It feels weird to watch a gig from the comfort of your lounge, and I'm someone who watches plenty of live footage of bands on YouTube, however I understand that this is all we have in this uncertain time. But fortunately for me, When Nothing Works absolutely killed it.
You might be wondering why a band with only three tracks put on a live stream show? it's because these cheeky bastards had another three songs up their sleeve ready to be shown off to their fans. The Essex boys weren't as animated live as I thought they would have been, but that might be because of the lack of an actual stage and playing in a tight room, but it didn't take away from their performance, in fact I believe they did extremely well with the lack of crowd to feed off and still chatted to the fans behind the cameras.
Their setlist was their entire catalogue, which all transitioned well to being played live, but there were two moments that blew me away, first was during the new track 'Give The Man A Hand' where WNW dropped an absolute sweet breakdown that had me bouncing on the couch, and during some of the growled vocals on 'Coward' worked so much better than the recorded single and really stood out.
Oh and the quick rendition of Creed's 'My Sacrifice' was a great touch, if you want to check the set out, head this way.
When Nothing Works is a young band, but plays like a bunch of veterans, and they're not afraid to tackle hard hitting issues with their songs (really listen to the lyrics and check out their twitter feed), and I know I say this about quite a few bands, but I honestly am excited to see where these guys go with their music. They are fighting a good fight that barely anyone knows about and are making it sound great.