Photos and Writing by Bri Skriloff
Nothing,Nowhere announced four special dates as part of his headline tour last month. It’s the music project of Joe Mulherin, which spreads across multiple genres such as rap, metal, and even emo. As soon as he announced them, I knew it was something I did not want to miss. His new album Void Eternal came out on March 31st, and I could not stop singing along to all the songs. On Twitter, he said that he is very proud of it and that his fans, along with his mentors, made it possible. He said he will always be a music student and is trying to make 12-year-old him proud. It contains appearances from Will Ramos of Lorna Shore, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Freddie Dredd, Silverstein, Pete Wentz, Static Dress, Buddy Nielson, Senses Fail, and Underoath!
His announcement came with a caption that it would be his first time playing the new songs and his heaviest set yet! I visited his first stop at Space Ballroom in Hamden, Connecticut. This was my first time at the venue, and it was very cool! It used to be called The Outer Space and has been open for about five years. If you can’t make these four shows, don’t worry, you can catch him starting April 11th on Wage War’s The Manic Tour 2023.
Hazing Over was the first band to open for Nothing,Nowhere. They are a heavy band from Pittsburgh, PA. They had the crowd headbanging for most of their set. The lead singer moved all over the stage and, at times, hunched over to scream into the mic. The fans made a mosh pit and even began to two-step along with him. The guitarists could be seen getting into the music and moving in sync. At the end of their set, I overheard a fan say that they didn’t know Hazing Over would be that heavy, and they were pleasantly surprised.
Oxymorrons hit the stage next, and they have a mix of rock and hip-hop sounds. Their set blew me away, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. The lead vocalists are brothers Demi and Kami, who bounced back and forth all over the stage, jumping up and down and hyping the crowd up. Guitarist Jafé could be seen spinning on stage, singing, and holding his guitar. Matty was making funny faces while banging on the drums.
Oxymorrons talked about their name and why it is spelled as it is. They wanted their name to be Oxymorons, but another band wouldn’t let them have the name, so they put the extra r in the name and kept it moving, as they said. Oxymorrons mentioned that they have a full-length album coming in the Fall. The band engaged with the crowd and even helped them learn one of their songs to sing back to them. Oxymorrons played an unreleased song that won’t be out until their new record. They told all the fans with a smartphone to take them out and light up the room. Oxymorrons said that bands like them go nowhere without their fans. They said to keep shining the light on them, and they’ll keep performing for us.
Nothing,Nowhere came out last, and the crowd went crazy! He asked his fans to make some noise for Hazing Over and Oxymorrons. Nothing,Nowhere uses unique lowercase letters, spacing, symbols, and numbers in his song titles and name, making him stand out in the music industry. He brought it back with his song “nightmare” from his 2021 album Trauma Factory. He told his fans that he knew they knew the words, and he was right; the entire room sang the lyrics to him. This was the live debut for most of his songs off his new album titled Void Eternal. He thanked his fans for being there and said it had been too long. He said he wrote the next song after he came here last time called “dread.”
Nothing,Nowhere asked the crowd how everyone was feeling, and he said he was happy to be at Space Ballroom. Next, he played his favorite song off the new album but said he would need help singing it. The song was called “TRAG3DY”, and while it features Will Ramos, he had help from his friend Jacob for this set. Nothing,Nowhere said that the last time he was there was in 2018 before he quit music for six months. He decided to seek help for mental health. It was great that he was open with his fans so that they could relate if they were going through something similar.
Nothing,Nowhere said that he has fond memories of his fans supporting him. Next he played an old one called “love or chemistry” and said he wanted the crowd to move around. He played another old song from his album Trauma Factory called “buck.” He then said he had a few more songs and asked the crowd if they had a few left in them, to which they screamed yeah! He shouted out his friend Pete Wentz for the next one called “CYAN1DE.”
After that, he played “death” and told the crowd to spin the pit in a circle! He said the crowd was terrific and that he would play a new song “VEN0M” off his new album next. This is a personal favorite of mine, and it even features Underoath! The music video came out when the album dropped, and it’s a unique video. It showcases Nothing,Nowhere, a snake, black paint, and stunning visuals. After the song was over, he said thank you to the crowd and walked off the stage. The crowd immediately began to chant that they wanted one more song while clapping.
Without being able to see Nothing,Nowhere he asked if we wanted one more song from the side stage. Then he said let’s do one more and told the crowd to make some noise and that they sounded beautiful. The last song that he played was called “hammer” off his 2018 Ruiner album. The song is his most popular, with 55 million plays on Spotify! While he played, there was a circle pit and crowd surfing, even though it was a more intimate venue. His entire set was excellent and worth the three-hour drive I made to see it! I highly recommend catching him on any of his upcoming tour dates!