That Alternative Hard Rock you want to hear: Nothing More
Screaming at the top of our lungs, On the grounds where we feel safe.’ - ‘Go to War’, Nothing More 2017
Music becomes a safe place to most. We turn to it to get away, to celebrate, and to connect with family and friends. The best lyrics are screamed until we can’t talk and we’ll genuinely feel happy where we are when we’re doing it.
It may have taken the band Nothing More 14 years to write that lyric and a combination of 11 band members to get to that point, but they sufficiently summed up what we all feel when we listen to music.
Formed in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, Nothing More has seen their shares of ups and downs. Jonny Hawkins and Mark Vollelunga started Nothing More, an alternative hard rock band, in high school as a duo and later added bassist Daniel Oliver. The three have been consistent ever since with drummers and guitarists rotating in and out with Ben Oliver being the current member on drums.
As with any band, they played local clubs and recorded 2 EPS before releasing their first album in 2009 titled the Few Not Fleeting. They did such without a record label and toured for just over 2 years in support of it. They returned to the home studio in 2011 with new music in mind and still without a label. So, what do any members of a band do in that case? They move in together, recruit a new member, and spend 3 years writing a follow up album. Obvious answer, right?
The results of that decision have changed their lives. After releasing Nothing More independently, they landed a spot at the Aftershock Festival, a festival that has seen the likes of Korn, Bush, Chevelle, Halestorm etc. Executives saw them on one of the smaller stages and offered them a 5 album deal and finally brought their journey to the peak.
A re-release of the album Nothing More charted on the Billboard charts with the record label support. Singles “This is the Time (Ballast)”, “Mr. MTV”, “Jenny” and “Here’s to the Heartache” all saw times on the Mainstream Rock charts.
The next 3 years brought the opportunity to open for bands like Disturbed, Chevelle, and Five Finger Death Punch. They wrote 17 new songs and just released their album The Stories We Tell Ourselves in September 2017. Check out “Go To War”, “Just Say When” and “Still in Love”. They will be sure to play those on their headlining tour this February and March, which starts in Little Rock, AR on 2/3 and includes stops in NYC on 2/6, STL on 2/11, LA 3/1 and Raleigh 4/5.
“We always start with good intentions, But lose ourselves along the way” - ‘This is the Time (Ballast)’ Nothing More 2013