Describing their debut single “This Is The Time (Ballast)”, NOTHING MORE believe that “the ‘greater good’ that many of us claim to be fighting for becomes perverted the instant it becomes about changing others. It is about changing ourselves and as a result others will inevitably be changed.” This alone gives a hint that this band has a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone which both belies their years and marks them out from their contemporaries. When Jonny Hawkins sings “Holding each other like ransom notes, Dropping our hearts to grip each other’s throat” you believe him.
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas NOTHING MORE is a four-headed musical hydra that runs on frenetic passion, unswerving DIY spirit and relentless sonic experimentation. Part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye.
NOTHING MORE are part of a new generation of rock stars who are unconcerned with fabricated notions of how and where they might fit in, but simply focus on making honest, passionate art with real intent. “When we first started, we branded ourselves on the arm after each year of touring, so we’ve all got these scars now, reminding us of the commitment we made to each other. We want to be a church for people who don’t believe the things that churches believe” comments Hawkins.
The band have just inked a deal with Allen Kovac’s Eleven Seven Music Group, who fought off fierce competition for their signatures. Kovac commented that ““Every 10 years or so there is a band that sonically and lyrically shakes things up and cuts through the clutter. For true rock fans that moment has arrived with Nothing More. That is why we signed them to a five album guaranteed contract.”
NOTHING MORE is set to take over the airwaves with their upcoming, self-titled debut album on June 23rd this year. The first single is already trending at No 11 at Active Rock Radio in the US after just 4 weeks. But forget statistics, it is the songs that are gaining them new fans daily.
Capable of bombastic bounce that hits as hard as an uppercut to the jaw when they fancy it, the boys from The Alamo City are equally able to dial down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them.
Like all the best bands, NOTHING MORE formed initially as school kids. Kids whose aspirations were as serious then as they are now, and whose early development took place against a backdrop of suburban boredom and rabid musical obsession.
In the live arena, NOTHING MORE are absolute animals. Raw aggression crashes alongside precise riffing, thunderous bass and nigh on tribal percussion to jaw-dropping effect. They’ve grown through the grassroots by dripping blood sweat and tears across America, challenging the stereotypes of what you might think a band like this can incorporate into their show. Four way drum battles? Check. Three members playing one bass guitar? Check. These guys push the limits in more ways than one.
A Download festival appearance is now confirmed for Saturday 14th June.
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