Shit gets real in S.F. punk band Nothington’s new single, “Burn After Reading.” Clamorous drums and thundering guitars compete for space on the heady track, as frontman Chris Matulich gets candid about his mental health and self-image issues.
“We’ve all got confessions to make,” he screams in the chorus. “We’ve all made our share of mistakes. I’m just trying to be honest with myself.”
The song appears on the band’s upcoming album, In The End, which comes out Friday, Feb. 10 and marks Nothington’s first record in five years. The punkers got their start over a decade ago, back when S.F. had cheaper rents and a more vibrant arts community. But though the city has changed, Nothington’s commitment to real, honest music remains the same, as evidenced in “Burn After Reading,” which Matulich says was inspired by a tough period in his life during his late 20s.
“I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water, and I dealt with depression often,” he says. “It wasn’t until I had to deal with some harsh personal losses in those years that I understood I needed to be honest with myself about where I was headed and who I wanted to be in the future. Looking back, it almost seems like things needed to fall apart before I could start again, and that’s basically what I wrote ‘Burn After Reading’ about.”
Catch Nothington at Thee Parkside on Saturday, March 25. More info here.