Well, this show sold out ridiculously quickly. Fortunately, people from Illinois, Ohio, Nigeria, and so many other not-so-close-to-Sacramento locations were selling tickets to Sacramento’s February 23 show. As soon I got approved to shoot and review the show, I quickly made a sacrifice to the gods with the hope of my love’s resale ticket being legit and granting him entry on show night; fortunately for us, it was a valid ticket, as I would not have wanted him, or anyone else, to miss experiencing this show with me. Continue reading
In the video below Jennifer Black talks with Daniel and Mark of Nothing More @ Cargo : Whitney Peak Hotel 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV July 23rd, 2018
Mark Vollelunga on “Just Say When”
“It feels really cool, honestly as an artist, its fun to not be pigeonholed into one genre. Its nice when you get to be, very dynamic and you can make a song bare bones, kind of like “Just Say When.” It was personally fun for me, just to kind of mess around, with some different tuning’s. That song is just in some open major tuning, I can sort of be the percussion section too.”
Three-time Grammy nominee Nothing More sees its brand new single, the emotionally-charged “Just Say When,” already in the Top 25 at both Active and Mainstream Rock Radio. The track is from Nothing More’s recent Best Rock Grammy nominated release The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Better Noise/E7LLG), and follows the mercurial “Go To War,” Nothing More’s first #1 track at Rock Radio. The music video for “Just Say When,” which has already logged more than one-million video views.
Nothing More headlined Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno Monday night, supporting their album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. Nothing More performed with Bad Wolves and Eyes Set to Kill on an off-night from their current tour with Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch.
Eyes Set To Kill did a great job warming up the crowd. Everyone was discussing how nice it was to see a female-fronted band on the bill. Bad Wolves was next, and burst out with insane amounts of energy, strobe lights, and personality. Bad Wolves fully-engaged their fans, and never stood still, which was challenging for photographers, as vocalist Tommy Vext only slowed briefly to perform the Diamante duet, “Hear Me Now”, which they ended with a big kiss. They closed their set having fans light up the venue with cell lights (and lighters) and sing along to their hit cover, The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Tommy vowed to stay until he met every last fan, rather than charge for V.I.P. packages, and the crowd immediately migrated toward their merch to meet him between sets. They killed it, and we cannot wait to see them perform at Aftershock 2018 in October.
By the time Bad Wolves finished, from the front of the hall to the back wall, the venue was packed with fans eagerly anticipating Nothing More’s performance. They charged out of the gate, opening with fan-favorite “Do You Really Want It?”, and the crowd responded, loudly finishing the song for them in unison. For “Just Say When”, the crowd took the opportunity to relax, breathe, and sing along to the mellow, beautiful, acoustic Billboard single that vocalist Jonny wrote about his ex. At one point, he asked who had a Jenny in their life, and the crowd erupted with approval as they launched into “Jenny”. Nothing More whipped out a bass contraption that spins and rotates as Jonny, bassist Daniel, and guitarist Mark all performed a spectacular three-person bass solo. In addition, the three performed an acrobatic drum solo, which showcased their diversity, musicianship, and extraordinary talent.
Toward the end of “This Is The Time”, Jonny rocketed into the air, as he began manning the digital effects atop the massive Scorpion Tail, a 400-pound, 14-foot tall contraption that Daniel conceived and built from scrap metal and auto and motorcycle salvage parts. Jonny had a wild ride, as they went into a cover of Skrillex’s “First of the Year”. Fans surged forward, and started falling over the barrier into the photo pit, and we were asked to exit the pit for our safety; the Cargo security staff were pros, handled it, and kept everyone safe for the duration. I have a new favorite band to photograph, and cannot wait until they return to the area once again, as Nothing More always delivers a mesmerizing performance from start to finish.
Nothing More is:
Jonny Hawkins – Vocals
Daniel Oliver – Bass
Mark Vollelunga – Guitar
Ben Anderson – Drums
Pictures and words courtesy of Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo
Nothing More premiere the official music video for their new single, “Go To War” today via Monster Energy Aftershock. Directed by Wayne Isham, the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers. Watch it on the festival’s site aftershockfestival.
Directed by Wayne Isham (Metallca, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard) , the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers.
Clay Busch, Vice President of Marketing – Danny Wimmer Presents
“I remember being invited to The Roxy because I ‘had to’ see this band from Texas many years ago. They were the first of 5. I had no expectations. And I was blown away. I immediately came back to the office and told the team this is a band that the company needs to get behind. They had their breakthrough moment at Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 and it’s only fitting to premiere ‘Go To War’ from their upcoming sophomore release together.”
Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More commented:
“There’s no such thing as overnight success but there are defining moments. For us, that moment was Aftershock 2013. I can still feel my feet boiling from the sun-drenched, black stage. I still remember my heart pounding from the energy of the crowd. We were given a shot to prove ourselves in front of every label rep from the west coast as well as many bands on the festival. Sink or swim.”
‘Go To War’ is the lead single from the new Nothing More album The Stories We Tell Ourselves, set for release September 15 via Better Noise Records.
Nothing More will perform at the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on Saturday, October 21. For more information and tour dates for the band, visit:http://nothingmore.net/. For information on Monster Energy Aftershock, visit:www.aftershockconcert.com.