Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Sept 30th 2021
Amy Britton checks out spiky post-punk infused quartet Do Nothing on the Nottingham date of their headline tour and finds that as their star ascends, so does the vigour of their live shows.
It’s always a beautiful moment for a music writer to be proved right when we become convinced a band will one day be destined for vertiginous heights. For me, Do Nothing have been very much one of those bands, evident in previous articles about events that they have been a part of it. From the moment I first saw them in 2018, the potential for their success has always seemed obvious to me. Primarily, this is in their tightness, knack for carving out music as erudite as it is ear catching. Throw in incidental factors like the seeming rise of their brand of sound in the time elapsed since creating a perfect environment, and the next-indie-pinup potential of model-esque frontman Chris Bailey and all the pieces were there for ready made big hitters.
Tonight the homecoming date of their headline tour they play to a sold-out, full capacity Rescue Rooms, an enthusiastic and mixed-aged crowd lapping up every moment. After eighteen months starved of live music, Do Nothing are the perfect band to lick every inch of the spoon from upon its return – far from losing the raw spark of their early days, they have built upon it in a confident, unfazed fashion.
The tightly wound “bristle” that gives Do Nothing their post-punk feel has become thicker, more muscular in sound. Charlie Howarth’s basslines are such a bold heartbeat through the sound that the crowd actually sing along to the slinking low notes of the intro, to Lebron James, their acerbic swipe at shady scammers. The gig opens with Howarth, guitarist Kasper Sandstrom and drummer Andrew Harrison sparking off of each other in the most natural way possible, their individual musicianship collectively feeding an impressive animal. This sets the stage for Bailey and his fully-evolved stage persona, collected cool giving way to some kind of neurotic breakdown like a droll punchline only a handful of people get to hear. It’s a magnificent performance from all involved.
Longstanding live favourite Handshakes makes for a captivating penultimate track, leading into the more incendiary 2019 release Gangs as their closer, a sharp and well-representative note to leave us on. For tonight, Do Nothing may be in the city that gave birth to them, but it is more apparent than ever how much the world is waiting for them.
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All words by Amy Britton. Find more on her author archive here
Photos from James Birtwhistle, you can find him on Instagram here Instagram
Special thanks to They Do PR and DHP.