There are a lot of bands who claim to wear their hearts on their sleeves, but for Texan quartet Nothing More that sentiment could scarcely be more literal. “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,” confides front-man Jonny Hawkins. To say that this is a band who are dedicated to their cause would be to understate the case somewhat.
Coming from the homeland of rock, San Antonio Texas, Nothing More is a quartet of both meaning and experimentation. Nothing More were up to now a very DIY project, which considering their success speaks volumes about their talent. From their new single ‘This Is The Time (Ballast)’ and self-titled album alike, listeners can expect; part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye. Capable of bombastic bounce that hits as hard as an uppercut to the jaw when they fancy it, these guys are equally able to dial down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them. It’s a gut-punching blend made all the more powerful by a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone which both belies their years and marks them out from their contemporaries.
The video for single ‘This Is The Time (Ballast)’ is suitably epic, showing vocalist James hobbling into the ocean shackled to a rock- as symbolic and representative as one would expect for such a meaning-laden track, with heartbreakingly emotional vocals.
Truly a thoughtful project, from smart guys, this band aren’t just out to be rock stars and have an amazing time, although that comes in-package when one is so talented, but these fellas come with a messag and with the aim to be thought provoking- “There’s an old adage which goes ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ That is basically what we are about,” intones the singer. “It’s not about us ramming our views on religion, or philosophy, or politics down anyone’s throats- it’s about providing the opportunity for people to explore things themselves and challenging their reality.” Proving they are not all talk, the guys make an effort to change the world in the ways possible to them, not only via their public and musical platform but they have found a way to convert their tour van so it takes recycled veg oil instead of petrol! Literally saving the world with every gig.
Nothing More are that rarest of things, a band with the heart, the soul, the brains and the guts to capture your heart and spark your mind. A new generation of rock stars who are unconcerned with fabricated notions of how and where they might fit in or what the hottest trend is, but simply focused on making honest, passionate art with real intent. “We want to be a church for people who don’t believe the things that churches believe,” concludes Hawkins. “We want to connect people and connect with people.” And what better way to do that than with uncompromising music built on uncompromised principles, fought for and earned the hard way. Nothing More? Accept nothing less.
Check them out! They’ll be at Download this year, they have a new single out called ‘This Is The Time (Ballast)’ and their self titled album ‘Nothing More’ will be out June 23rd.