The Nothing: A Warm Gun
By Mark Bell
Read all about it… World goes topsy turvy! Cherished truths turned on head! Knox records in digital studio! With proper band! Okay, this is actually the second release from the prolific Mr Knox with his new outfit The Nothing, yet to hear that this 'gentle psychopath' (as he was once described) has embraced the accepted norms of modern recording still resonates with the shock of the totally unexpected. However 'A Warm Gun' immediately dispels any notion that he may have mellowed as a result of this flirtation with 21st century technology, as All I Want shudders and lurches onto the headphones, all haemorrhaging guitar bleeps and squalls, the propulsive rhythm the only thing preventing it from teetering over the edge of total collapse. In My Heart gets things back on a more even keel, a gentle Velvet Underground-styled love song that Knox invests with his usual sincerity. There's plenty of variety here, from minimalist guitar/vocal pieces to full-frontal fuzz-rock, and while Knox's way with a pop melody is as strong as ever, it is the lyrics that really stand out in this collection - heartfelt and direct, but also rather poetic. Take this line from Driftwood. 'You were scarred with indecision and regret, for things that hadn't even happened yet.' This is a worthy addition to the burgeoning Knox catalogue. And then I learn that it was recorded in mono. Ahh, bless him for putting the world back in order.