All Get Out – Nobody Likes A Quitter: A Review of Nathan Hussey’s Rebirth
Photo by Sean O'Kane
A Brief History:
I've come to find there’s a certain generation of us, with the majority being in our mid-20’s to mid-30’s, that grew up together without even meeting and followed the same path. We were teens when discovering new music through social media became the norm. Our birth in the music scene came with the Emo epidemic of the early 2000’s. That flame began to fade and the existential crisis of graduating high school and becoming an adult took our musical tastes in a dark direction.
Many of us were baptized in Brand New’s, now decade old masterpiece, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. We were able to create a cult following based around a small group of bands that unmistakably influence each other. Starting with Brand New, a family tree began with Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine being the main branches. Some would even classify mewithoutYou and Thrice as cousins. All Get Out joined the family with their 2008 self-titled release on Manchester Orchestra’s Favorite Gentleman label but have been seemingly chasing the pack since that time. Although there was a strong positive reaction to the 2011 full length release, “The Season”, they never seemed to receive the attention and recognition many, including myself, unquestionably believe they deserve. Now a new generation appears to be appealing to the same fan base as The Front Bottoms continue to repeatedly be included as touring support for many of the latter mentioned bands, leaving All Get Out as a proverbially overlooked middle child.
A case to could be made that the popularity of many the above mentioned bands is largely due to their numerous collaborations created in support and inspiration of each other. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra members started a new band, Bad Books. Jesse Lacey was a producer on an album and even released a split 7” record of covers with Kevin Devine. Dustin Kensrue credited Brand New as an inspiration for the reunion of Thrice and released a cover video of “Jesus Christ” that went viral. But through years of being plagued by cycling though members, All Get Out had yet to receive the same level of comradery, until now.
It’s 10:47 AM. I’m currently pulled over on the side of a two lane highway in rural Washington County, Illinois writing this on the back of a Wendy’s napkin. It’s 63 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m surrounded by fields of corn ready for harvest, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. I haven’t passed another vehicle in what seems like an hour. I decided to throw on an early release that’s been sitting in my inbox for a few days. All Get Out – Nobody Likes A Quitter. I’m familiar with the band but without a full length release since 2011 it’s safe to say I have had very little expectations, other than a little Twitter chatter that a Manchester Orchestra member or two were involved in some way.
I just listened to the album from start to finish and I have to say it required and received my full attention. My first reaction after the final piano note fades out was, “…holy sh**. Nathan, dude, you nailed it”. Finally, the proverbially overlooked middle child found his place in the spotlight. I’m still kind of in shock. Every five to ten years or so it seems an album comes along and impacts you in such a way that it can make you feel like you’re somewhere else or in a different time. This album did both for me. I felt like I was in the past and in a place I’ve never been, somewhere southern, but hearing my own story about my own experiences that have yet to happen and it was though I’ve already heard them (truly “deja entendu”). I didn’t feel like I was listening to a songwriter telling me his story which I could cling to catchy anecdotes. I felt as though this was me telling myself my own story. It’s relatable in the strangest way.
As it turns out Manchester Orchestra members, Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, were huge pieces in the resurrection of All Get Out as writers, producers, engineers, and even recording guitar, bass, and vocal harmonies. NLAQ is more like a Bad Books type of creation than a pure Hussey project, but that doesn’t make it any less of an All Get Out album. It’s Nathan getting his chance to create tracks which could have easily been B-sides on “Like a Virgin…”, “Cope”, and even “The Eventually Home”. Meanwhile, Andy and Robert got their chance to add their flare on songs that pick up right where “The Season” left off.
The excellent, yet dark, five song EP “Movement” prepared us for the light at the end of the tunnel. It let us know the pain of rock bottom, where NLAQ has shown us the result of survival. The lyrics are so well thought-out and carefully chosen it's as if Nathan has spent every minute since the release of The Season preparing for this release. It’s full of hope and wisdom. It’s a time machine. It’s a portal to a familiar place you’ve never been. It’s finding contentment and peace. It’s the thought of turning or having recently turned 30. It’s answers to questions you haven’t thought of asking. It’s a rural place in the south at the beginning of Fall. It’s being right here on the side of the road in Washington County, Illinois writing this on the back of a napkin.
Nobody Likes A Quitter is set to release 10/28/16 and is available for pre-order on vinyl, CD, and cassette via Favorite Gentleman and Bad Timing Records here.