For many aspiring musicians uploading their music onto SoundCloud, being discovered and teaming up with their idols is merely a pipe dream. That is, unless you’re nothing,nowhere. (aka Joe Mulherin), one of emo rap’s most prestigious pioneers.
‘Bloodlust’ follows on from his 2018 full-length, ‘Ruiner’, and, although reverting back to an EP may be a questionable choice, this isn’t any old EP – this collection of six tracks is in collaboration with legendary Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.
Lead single and opener ‘Destruction’ is a strong start to this short offering, demonstrating perfectly what nothing,nowhere.‘s unique blend of emo rap can do and Barker‘s pop-punk flair can do when combined. It’s no surprise that Barker‘s drum work is what your ears are instantly drawn to, but combined with Mulherin‘s distinct vocals, it’s a definite stand out.
Experimenting with a nostalgic 80s guitar sound, the introduction to ‘True Love’ has The Cure vibes all over it. It deals with the anger and pain from a relationship coming to its end, and this theme of heartbreak and the breakdown of love pulses on this EP, more specifically in later track, ‘back2you’. It holds the story of a toxic relationship that you just keep coming back to, brought to life with the additional vocals of R&B/hip-hop singer/songwriter, blackbear (aka Matthew Musto).
Given the addition of a pop-punk legend, ‘Beautiful Life’ is reminiscent of a cut from an earlier Blink-182 record, and, with the chorus predominantly made up of la las, this slight nod to the genre is a pleasant little addition.
The combination of Travis Barker‘s years in the industry alongside nothing,nowhere.‘s fresh sound and relatable vulnerability in his lyrics makes for a short yet impactful record in ‘Bloodlust’.