Nothing More electrifies a packed house at Saint Andrews Hall with a high-energy set with support from My Ticket Home, Palisades, and Hell or Highwater.
Kicking off the evening is Hell or Highwater from Vista, CA. Led by vocalist Brandon Saller (drummer for Atreyu), they tear through a set of hard rock that has the early crowd pumped up. Brandon wastes no time getting to know his fans up close as he takes to the crowd high-fiving them and even handing the mic to a fan to sing. Touring in support of their latest release Vista, they close out their set with the single “I Want It All”.
Next up is Palisades from Iselin, NJ. This 5-piece has been around since 2011 and is touring in support of their latest release Palisades. Their sound has been described as post-hardcore and electronicore, but at its heart, it’s solid hard rock. Led by vocalist Lou Miceli they get the crowd bouncing to songs like the single “Let Down” that is enjoying plenty of airplay.
Providing direct support tonight is My Ticket Home, from Columbus, OH. They come out of the gate with some hard-rocking songs that grab the crowd’s attention. Lead singer / bassist Nick Giumenti and his brother Marshal on drums lead the band through a hard-hitting, 9-song set that includes the songs “Hyperreal”, “Redline”, and “Joi” from their upcoming unReal release. The crowd reacts with cheers and several fans surf the crowd during the set.
The lights dim and the crowd explodes with cheers as Nothing More takes the stage. They launch into one of their fastest paced songs “Christ Copyright” that showcases singer Jonny Hawkins playing some drums up front along with powerhouse drummer Ben Anderson behind the full set. Ben is a beast as he beats the skins with authority and provides the tight groove throughout the set. Jonny runs and jumps about with never-ending energy.
One of the first highlights of the evening occurs when they break out The Bassinator for a bass solo. To sum it up, in short, it’s a swinging and spinning stand that holds a bass guitar. Bassist Dan Oliver starts out playing it and then guitarist Mark Vollelunga joins him. Finally, Jonny jumps in and beats the bass with drumsticks.
Nothing More is on fire tonight. The set tonight showcases several songs from their new release The Stories We Tell Ourselves, including “Let ‘em Burn”, “Don’t Stop” and “Go to War”, as well as fan favorites “Mr. MTV” and “Jenny” from their previous album.
They slow things down with the ballad “Just Say When” from the new release with just Mark on acoustic guitar and Jonny. This is one of those songs that has the crowd singing along with lyrics that many can relate to.
The second major highlight comes near the end following their biggest hit “This is the Time (Ballast)”. Jonny jumps up on what is called The Scorpion Tail, a strange-looking, welded together bunch of metal that lifts Jonny over 10 feet in the air. From there he uses levers to control the sound and pitch of instruments and voice. It is amazing, to say the least.
The only song from their The Few Not Fleeting release is the finale “Salem”, that once again features Jonny on drums along with Mark and Dan also joining in on the fun. A fitting end to another energized performance that leaves the band and audience exhausted.
Those in attendance tonight got their money’s worth. All the bands were great, but Nothing More has definitely raised the bar and staked its claim to easily being one of the best live bands. In this reviewer’s opinion this is the best they have sounded and the most energy they have put out in the 10 times he has seen them.
Nothing More is currently touring in support of their latest release The Stories We Tell Ourselves that was released September 15. It has already generated several singles of which 3 charted at the same time on the SiriusXM Octane Big ‘Uns countdown. They also recently won the Loudwire Cage Match 5 times in a row and entered their Hall of Fame for the song “Go to War”.
If their current shows and growing fan base are any indication, it looks like 2017 and 2018 are going to bring well-deserved rewards to this hardworking, talented, and very humble band. Their fan base continues to build thanks to unique songs driven by deep, meaningful lyrics. Nothing More fans are some of the most loyal you will find and have a great community through the Nothing More Nation street team. Be sure to catch them on their current tour and in 2018 when they begin a second leg of the tour and you can also expect to find them at many of the major festivals during the spring and summer months.