It Could Be Nothing… has always been one of my favourite bands in Charlotte history. Only today did I find these YouTube videos from almost 20 years ago. Since they’re playing tonight as part of Tremont Music Hall’s 20th anniversary celebration, it seems fitting to share them.
Chances are good that I was at this show, because I seldom missed them and I was at Tremont so much in those days it was like a second home. I forgot that It Could Be Nothing… used to put lamps up on their amps sometimes when they played.
The photos in this video really take me back. You can see their practice room at the late, beloved Rehearsalot, a building on the edge of downtown Charlotte where several local bands practiced. Maybe someday I’ll write a post all about Rehearsalot, because it was one of the greatest things that ever happened in the much smaller Charlotte of the 1990s. One or two of the guys from various bands lived there when they were between apartments. Many of the guys would play in each others’ bands, whether on a record or for a gig. I spent a good bit of time at Rehearsalot myself, and it was where I interviewed some of the bands for my old magazine, Tangents. Along with a couple of my Tangents cohorts, I interviewed It Could Be Nothing… in their practice room. They were funny, laid-back guys and I always thought they were one of the bands that should have reached a wider audience. Songs like “To a Pulp” (sadly not on YouTube), “On Tongues,” and “Recovering Fumbles” are good evidence of just what the world was missing.