Who was nominated for every rock Grammy this year? The San Antonio rockers, Nothing More. Modern-day masters at blending elements of alternative rock and progressive metal, the quartet scored three nominations—a feat no other rock band has ever accomplished. Insane, considering a few years ago Nothing More, formed in 2003, had to do an album by a Kickstarter campaign.
Their Grammy-nominated album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, has been an enormous success. Released in September 2017 via Eleven Seven Music, the direction-changing LP peaked #15 on the Billboard charts. The single “Go to War” (which scored the band its first # 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart) was nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
The group’s innovative music, built on guitar, bass, drums and vocals, are celebrated for their engaging and dynamic live performances, with frontman Jonny Hawkins leading the foursome with his powerful, aggressive vocals, and boundless energy. (A must-see! Hawkins riding his 14-feet-tall, 400-pound animated structure coined the “Scorpion Tail.”)
In fact, you need to experience them in a live arena to appreciate their honest, passionate art. Nothing More’s musical narrative—based on Hawkins’ real-life experiences—resonates personally with the listener because it evaluates challenging life experiences and turns them into something positive. Always looking for ways to do better and to reach more people, the group feels songs like “Just Say When” (Music Choice’s #1 Rock Video of the Week), “Still In Love” and “Fade in Fade Out” are more human than rock, enabling the soul-bearing band to reach beyond their genre.
Jonny Hawkins collaborates with charitable organizations to raise awareness for mental health issues, such as the Jed Foundation, in response to his own family’s struggles regarding his sister’s bipolar disorder. “We need to end the stigma of mental illness and start treating individuals with mental illness and their families with the same kindness that we show people and families with physical illness,” Hawkins bravely shares.
The group spent April touring with Papa Roach and Escape The Fate. June was spent in the U.K. and Europe, performing headliner shows and numerous dates supporting the Des Moines, IA rock band, Stone Sour, along with sharing stages with heavy hitters like Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Rise Against and, the legendary Guns N’ Roses at the Download Festival in both England and France.
Nothing More started July off with an exceptional performance with Guns N’ Roses and Volbeat in Barcelona, Spain. The quartet will hit the road again with Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin on their North American summer tour running from the middle of July through early September.
By releasing groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and nurturing relationships with their fans, Nothing More will continue to transcend trends and genres during their quest for domination in the hard rock realm.
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