Nothing More is a lesser-known alternative metal band out of San Antonio, Texas. I first heard these guys when they played with Adrenaline Mob at Brick by Brick in San Diego. There were three warm up bands on this particular night and I hadn’t heard of any of them before. I can’t remember the first band which was a local metal band but the next two bands, Points North and Nothing More, were absolutely great and not what I was expecting at all. Points North was a instrumental progressive rock trio out of California that sounded like a cross between Rush and Steve Morse. They even ended up playing a great cover of Rush’s YYZ. (You can check it out here on youtube: Points North: YYZ). Their musicianship was outstanding and was the type of band that I would expect to open up for a Mike Portnoy band. One of these days I am going to have to take some time and dig into their catalog. Nothing More took the stage after them and I was a little skeptical at first but they soon won me over.
Nothing More puts a on a great energetic show. They are a four piece band that appeared to have the typical make-up of vocalist (Johnny Hawkins), drummer (Paul O’Brien), guitarist (Mark Vollelunga), and bassist (Daniel Oliver). What first caught my attention is that at multiple points during the show all band members will all play drums using tricks and methods taken from drum lines. Sometimes they will do this in between songs during a goof off-section like at this show:
but sometimes it also fits great with their songs. These guys clearly like performing and have a great time doing it which makes for a great show. I don’t think I ever thought I would see a mini drum line at a metal show and I don’t know the next time I will. It was a great surprise and blew me away. In addition to playing around on the drums they also will play around with the bass as well (though the low roof got in the way at Brick by Brick).
This band isn’t just about tricks and performances though. After seeing their show I went out and got their 2009 release, The Few Not Fleeting. This album more than met my expectations. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for this album since so much of their show was set up for performance but it is a solid alt metal album throughout. The songs are written well, the sound is great and clear, and their energy on stage translates well on record as well. “Salem” is the second track on the album and is a pretty good representation of the album overall. Towards the end of the video it shows a little bit how the singer will jump on the drums in the middle of the song to add his percussion parts.
Usually I don’t care too much for opening acts but Nothing More was the exception. They just released a self-titled album earlier this year that I am going to have to go check out and are currently touring in the South and South West US. If you enjoy metal shows then you should check these guys out. As good as their music is on disc it doesn’t compare to their live shows. You won’t be disappointed!