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Nothing More is an American band from San Antonio, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The band consists of Jonny Hawkins (lead vocals, drums), Daniel Oliver (bass, backing vocals), Mark Vollelunga (guitar, backing vocals), Paul O’Brien (drums (live performances).
Signed to Eleven Seven Music, the band has released six studio albums to date, including their self-titled major label debut released in 2014. The lead single from that album titled “This is the Time (Ballast)” hit number one on the Mediabase Active Rock and number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
The band released their first studio album called “Shelter” in 2004 under their own label, their second studio album was titled “Madhatter’s Bliss” in 2005, their third album called “Vandura” released in 2006, another album which would be their fourth release “Save You/Save Me” was released under the label Vestia Entertainment on the 5th of January 2007. Nothing More released their fifth studio album under the same label on the 21st of February 2009 was named “The Few Not Fleeting”. Nothing More originally released their self-titled album on the 1st of March 2013 under their own label. Eleven Seven Music re-released the album on the 24th of June 2014.
No one can accuse this band for not being devoted to their careers, when they first started they branded themselves on the arm after each year of touring and it serves as a reminder of the commitment they made to one another. Initially the band formed in Middle School with aspirations as serious as they are now. The band’s early development started as a mixture of boredom against a suburban backdrop and a rabid musical obsession. The moment of truth came when the band had to choose between a career in music or going to college. Everyone advised them to continue studying according to Jonny Hawkins, but they didn’t want to settle and dream of what would’ve been. The band didn’t want to have a plan B and they decided to ignore everyone’s advice and to dedicate themselves to music.
Nothing More decided to take matters into their own hands and fixed up a derelict , raccoon infested RV to make their own stage rigs for their intense live shows. Their first few tours were formative and crucial to the band’s growth and philosophical outlook of the world. Jonny Hawkins believes that this period of growth was a real struggle for the band individually and collectively. These experiences allowed the band to be more open to other ideas and to have faith in their own instincts.
Nothing More bring raw aggression to their live performances and they will push the limits of what you thought a rock band is supposed to be. The band is not concerned with how or where they fit in within the music industry and they are more concerned about making honest, passionate art.
The band put in some really hard work during the early years on an independent level which Jonny believes helped them problem solve, because they didn’t have access to a lot of resources when they started out. The band’s recent success have helped changed their perspective about people and how music can connect to the similarities in all humans regardless where they are from.
The band has teamed with such organizations as To Write Love on Her Arms, Bring Change 2 Mind, the International Bipolar Foundation, The Jed Foundation and Young Minds (UK) to help start the discussion on mental illness and hopefully help those suffering to seek out the help they need.
Nothing More penned their latest single “Jenny” about Jonny’s sister who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Jonny told Loudwire in an interview that the story of “Jenny” is an ongoing struggle that him and his family have to deal with. He confesses that it is one of the most confusing situations that he has had to navigate in his life.
The fact that the subject matter is so close to Jonny, made him decide to take on directing duties for the band’s latest video which depicts a woman dealing with the demons of her affliction and the video ends with some shocking statistics about mental illness and contact information for organizations that deal with specific mental health issues.
The band launched a PledgeMusic Campaign for their charity partners, opening an online forum for fans to share their stories with others about either dealing with mental illness themselves or having a family member or close friend with a similar story. Nothing More are calling their next tour the “Jenny” tour where proceeds from VIP ticketing will be distributed among the band’s charitable partners.
The first verse in this song “Jenny” completely took me off guard and I was totally mesmerized by this song from that moment on. At the time I knew nothing about the subject matter that inspired the song.
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Nothing More is a band that pour all of their energy, angst, aggression and determination into every performance and that is a band I’m proud to support. There is something about scratching and clawing your way to success that make you appreciate it when you get there, no matter how famous or successful you become. A true test of a band is when they become profitable. The band can choose to continue to work even harder to make great music or rest on their laurels. I’m happy to say that Nothing More didn’t choose the latter.
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