If there are two words that best describe Nothing More, they are innovation and evolution. There is no better example of this than Nothing More’s soon to be released fourth album (self titled) and the dynamic show they are building around it. They’ve set the highest bar possible for the album and vow to eclipse that, at every outing with the live show.
From their humble beginnings in Texas, Nothing More answered the call to serve in the militia of independent touring artists. Armed with the idea that it takes brains and balls to create your destiny in this world, these young men climbed aboard a vintage RV, salvaged from a ï¬eld and set sail. Now, a few short years later and with three full-length albums and over 500 live shows under their belts, they have mastered the DIY philosophy in every imaginable way, all the while never forgetting to put their fans ï¬rst.
“Before we had even started touring we knew that we wanted to do more than just play our songs. We wanted to entertain and really connect with people in a unique way.” – Jonny Hawkins
Nothing More don’t take the stage, they storm it. Alternating between enormous rock anthems full of technical precision and four man percussion assaults that have more in common with the Blue Man Group, than a rock show. There is nothing pedestrian about this band. Welded from discarded truck and motorcycle parts, singer Jonny Hawkins’ percussion platform serves as a de-facto drum kit for Hawkins to accentuate and expertly pound rhythms in tandem with world-class drummer Paul O’Brien. From the gut wrenching, yet sonically distinct riffs of guitar virtuoso, Mark Vollelunga, to the thundering yet melodic bass of Daniel Oliver or Hawkins’ commanding presence and charismatic delivery of sing-along lyrics too impossible to ignore; Nothing More is a ï¬erce, snarling juggernaut poised to take the World by storm. Nothing More’s “take no prisoners” approach holds anyone within eyeshot or earshot hostage until the very last note.
With the forthcoming, self-titled album slated for release at the end of 2012, Nothing More feels they have truly hit a zenith of creativity. This record is artistically landscaped and woven together poetically with vast, dynamic musicality; and at the same time brutally honest in its lyrics and poignant in its delivery. It speaks softly of the beauty of personal and outward forgiveness amidst heartbreak through the song “I’ll Be OK”, then takes you into the hell of being cheated on by graphically depicting scenes of inï¬delity in “Sex and Lies”.
“In a back room, on your backside, I’m backstabbed as you backslide” — Sex and Lies
As the listener churns through the tracks, rather than being transported with some idealized form of escapism, they are transformed by experiencing reality through they eyes of Nothing More. Even when confronting the darkest of subjects, Nothing More never fails to remind us of the light within that can never be extinguished on one of the albums heaviest tracks, “Ballast”.
“This is the time that we let it go. These are the words that will take us home. Singing the song that’s inside us all. If we don’t open our eyes, we’re walking blind.” —Ballast
As the recording process comes to a close, the band is gearing up to hit the highways for as long as it takes to burn the name Nothing More deep into the hearts, minds and psyche’s of music lovers the world over. Innovation and evolution need fuel like a gun needs bullets and Nothing More knows that the fans they have already won and the fans they are sure to gain are exactly what they need to keep going.