2018 Grammy Award Nominee!
Best Rock Performance: "Go To War"
Best Rock Song: "Go To War"
Best Rock Album: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
180g White Vinyl Double LP!
Features The Singles "Go To War" & "Don't Stop"!
Demand nothing less than Nothing More. Since the band's inception, they have
cultivated a rapturous fanbase the old-fashioned way: By releasing
groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and cultivating a relationship with
their fans that transcends trends. Correspondingly, the band's latest
full-length, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, sees frontman Jonny Hawkins once
again baring the soul of Nothing More as his bandmates Mark Vollelunga (guitar),
Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums) craft a sonic palette comprised of
elements ranging from progressive metal to pop. Ultimately the album isn't just
about the band's stories, it's also about the listener's personal narrative.
From the relentless groove of "Don't Stop" to the emotive, anthemic bent of the
Pixies-esque "Still In Love", The Stories We Tell Ourselves proves that
confessionals have never been so catchy - and songs like "Let 'em Burn"
seamlessly alternate between aggression and anthemic pop. "'Just Say When' is
probably the most sentimental song we've ever written and it came at a time when
I had these overwhelming feelings of frustration about a past failed
relationship. I needed an outlet to get it all out," Hawkins explains. It
has been said that the polar emotion to sadness is anger. This is most certainly
true as all sentimentality transforms from "Just Say When" into a furious blaze
during "Go To War", which sees Hawkins showcasing his dynamic vocal ranges over
a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. "Whenever this band has
difficult emotions, we turn them into something positive through music. That
alchemy is the biggest reason we continue to do what we do," he says of the
Lyrically the album was further informed by everything from the writings of Carl
Jung and C.S. Lewis to the potent psychedelic DMT, all of which helped open
Hawkins' mind to new ways of understanding himself and the world around him.
"'Funny Little Creatures' is about waking up to the fact that there are these
creatures that you have within yourself and that there's often a lot more going
on in our subconscious than we consider." These ideas are mirrored in the
artwork which ties directly into the central themes behind The Stories We Tell
Ourselves. However, while the content may be heady, the album also features more
pop elements than any of the band's previous albums. Such is the case with the
aforementioned "Don't Stop" which sees the band writing massive hooks that
stretch toward the stratosphere. "I think 'Don't Stop' is totally
genre-bending for us; we find inspiration in so many different kinds of music
and felt it was important to not make rules about what we could or couldn't do
with this record," says Hawkins. "This album definitely goes to a lot of
places that we've never been before and I'm really proud of that,"
Ultimately, The Stories We Tell Ourselves proves to all of us that even if our
stories don't always have a happy ending there's a beauty in their very
existence. Even during the album's darkest moments - Hawkins literally sings
about being stuck in a hole on "Still In Love" - there's a hopefulness that
permeates each of these songs that will inevitably resonate with new listeners
while making the deep bond that Nothing More has with their fans even deeper.
"It took years for Nothing More to catch their break, but after busting
through with 2014's self-titled disc, the Texas-based outfit ensured their
upward ascent continued with 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves.' Making great
strides, the new album saw a musical growth fueled by ripping riffs, heavy beats
and Jonny Hawkins' powerful pipes. The soaring 'Go to War' with its Depeche
Mode-esque beat captured the imagination of listeners and rocketed to the top of
the charts. The punishing 'Let 'Em Burn,' the anthemic 'Do You Really Want It'
and the electronic-leaning 'Dont Stop' keep the energy high, while the more
melodic, mid-tempo 'Still in Love' and the painstakingly heartfelt 'Just Say
When' offer some contrast while keeping the quality high." - Loudwire, 25
Best Hard Rock Albums of 2017, rated 2/25
1. (Ambition; Destruction)
2. Do You Really Want It?
3. (Convict; Divide)
4. Let 'Em Burn
5. Ripping Me Apart
6. Don't Stop Side 2:
1. Funny Little Creatures
2. (React; Respond)
3. The Great Divorce
4. Still In Love Side 3:
1. (Alone; Together)
2. Go To War
3. Just Say When
4. (Accept; Disconnect) Side 4:
1. Who We Are
3. (End; Begin)
4. Fadein / Fadeout