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Show Review: Nothing More at Irving Plaza, NYC 02.12.15

It isn’t every night that I step out of a show completely blown away by a performance. Let me tell you–I was blown away. A week later and I’m still talking about it.

By now you’ve probably heard “This Is The Time (Ballast)” on the airwaves, but Nothing More’s self-titled debut on Eleven Seven Music (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, HELLYEAH, Drowning Pool, Sixx: AM) is merely the tip of the iceberg. Frontman Jonny Hawkins’ compelling and passionate studio performance is good, but his adrenaline-fueled live performance is nothing short of outstanding.

Although Nothing More’s setlist was limited to seven songs and one badass bass solo, they absolutely make themselves one tough act to follow. I’m a firm believer that while music drives ticket sales, it’s ultimately the performance that creates new fans and keeps them coming back. The San Antonio rock outfit accomplishes both with immediate ease.

Drummer Paul O’Brien kicked off with a rise-to-arms on the bass drum as Jonny Hawkins pounded furiously at a drumset center-stage rigged like a post-apocalyptic industrial podium, both escalating into the explosive “Christ Copyright”. The crowd was ecstatic and frantic, riled by a wall of sound that hit head-on with no sign of letting up. Guitarist Mark Vollelunga and bassist Daniel Oliver flanked the stage but by no means remained stationary. Nothing More is a band of movement and blazing energy, impressively careening through hard-hitting crowd-pleasers like “Sex & Lies” and “Mr. MTV” before cooling off (albeit barely) for an incredible 3-man inverted bass solo (you have to see this to believe it). At the center of it all is Hawkins, whose soaring vocals–at once crooning and wailing–are not in the least sacrificed by his captivating and aggressive stage presence. Lurching and raging across ego risers, barefoot and shirtless in his striking Jim Morrison-esque appearance, he is endless energy and it is a damn good show.

“How many of you are seeing us for the first time?” Hawkins asked of the audience. Hands shot up from three-quarters of the room, and yet the sing-alongs were cacophonous. Having previously toured with label mates Five Finger Death Punch, and more recently Periphery, Nothing More has an accessible yet highly dynamic (if slightly djenty) sound that appeals to the rock genre spectrum.

However, with their smoldering intensity, sweeping chords, unpredictable drums and emotive lyrics, Nothing More is a fascinating outfit that does not care about checking off genre boxes, instead focusing on cranking out some truly awesome arena-ready music. They’re poised for great heights, much more than the newest hot buzz, and they will entertain the hell out of you. With upcoming tour dates in Australia, Europe and back in the US this spring, you really owe it to yourself to check these guys out.

 Check out our gallery from the show.

NYC Setlist:

Christ Copyright
Sex & Lies
Bass Solo
The Matthew Effect
Salem (Burn The Witch)
This Is The Time (Ballast)


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Feb 21 Bonython Park Adelaide, Australia
Feb 22 Flemington Racecourse Flemington Vic, Australia
Feb 28 Olympic Park Sydney, Australia
Mar 01 Brisbane Showgrounds Bowen Hills, Australia
Mar 05 Academy Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Barrowlands Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 07 Ironworks Inverness, UK
Mar 09 Civic Wolverhampton, UK
Mar 10 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
Mar 12 Guildhall Southampton, UK
Mar 13 University (Great Hall) Cardiff, United Kingdom
Mar 14 Apollo Manchester, UK
Mar 16 Bataclan Paris, France
Mar 17 Trix Antwerp, Belgium
Mar 18 O13 Arnhem, Netherlands
Mar 19 Gruenspan Hamburg, Germany
Mar 21 Tyrol Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 22 Vulkan Arena Oslo, Norway
Mar 23 Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 25 C-Club Berlin, Germany
Mar 26 Klub Proxima Warsaw, Poland
Mar 28 Theaterfabrik Munich, Germany
Mar 29 Milan Fabrique Milan, Italy
Mar 30 Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Apr 01 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
Apr 02 LMH Cologne, Germany
Apr 11 98KUPD UFEST Mesa, AZ
Apr 12 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
Apr 14 Jake’s Sports Cafe Lubbock, TX
Apr 15 Red 7 Austin, TX
Apr 17 Riverside Warehouse Shreveport, LA
Apr 18 Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom Monroe, LA
Apr 19 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
Apr 21 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL
Apr 22 Club L.A. Destin, FL
Apr 24 Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
Apr 25 WJRR Earth Day Birthday Orlando, FL






About Ana Santos

Photographer, explorer, music lover, writer, coffee addict and slave to three cats.

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