Nothing More

Collective Concerts & Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Present

Nothing More

The Color Morale, Turbowolf

Fri, September 25, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Mod Club Theatre

Toronto, Ontario

$25

Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Advance tickets at Rotate This & Soundscapes

Nothing More - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Nothing More
There are a lot of bands who claim to wear their hearts on their sleeves, but for Texan quartet Nothing More that sentiment could scarcely be more literal. "When we first started, we branded ourselves on the arm after each year of touring, so we've all got these scars now, reminding us of the commitment we made to each other," confides frontman Jonny Hawkins. To say that this is a band who are dedicated to their cause would be to understate the case somewhat.

Hailing from San Antonio, Nothing More is a four-headed musical hydra that runs on frenetic passion, unswerving DIY spirit and relentless sonic experimentation. Part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye. Capable of bombastic bounce that hits as hard as an uppercut to the jaw when they fancy it, the boys from The Alamo City are equally able to dial down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them. It's a gut-punching blend made all the more powerful by a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone which both belies their years and marks them out from their contemporaries.

Forming initially as Middle school kids whose aspirations were as serious then as they are now, Nothing More's early development took place against a backdrop of suburban boredom and rabid musical obsession. Having tasted the addictive elixir of rock 'n' roll the band realized they were at a crossroads when they reached college age. "Everyone was telling us to stay in school," admits Hawkins "but for us that would have been settling. Having a plan B is a recipe for failure. We decided that we had to ignore everyone's advice and totally dedicate ourselves to being in this band."

And dedicate themselves they did. From fixing up their first tour van out of a derelict, raccoon infested RV to making their own stage rigs for their impassioned live show, the quartet literally built everything they have from the ground up. Those first tours, the ones that wrought the aforementioned scars, were formative in more ways than one. As the four young men saw and experienced more of the world, their spiritual and philosophical outlook began to evolve. "That period of growth was a real struggle for us individually and collectively," confirms Hawkins "but it made us a lot more open to other ideas and gave us a deeper faith in our own instincts. I think that reflects in our music."

The drips of those new ideas eventually became a flood and the narrow lens of the western paradigm they were born into was soon replaced with a more holistic world view, striking a balance between rationalism, empiricism and their own intuitions. It's the journey to find truth that has enabled them deal with the existential and the personal in equal measure, and, more importantly, rendered them a band with something to say and no fear of saying it.

"There's an old adage which goes 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' That is basically what we are about," intones the singer. "It's not about us ramming our views on religion, or philosophy, or politics down anyone's throats - it's about providing the opportunity for people to explore things themselves and challenging their reality."

That Nothing More have undergone a spiritual awakening of sorts ought not to distract from the fact that, in the live arena, they are absolute animals. Raw aggression crashing alongside precise riffing, thunderous bass and nigh on tribal percussion to jaw-dropping effect on a nightly basis. The dictionary definition of 'get in the van and play until you're dynamite live', they've grown through the grassroots by dripping blood sweat and tears across America, challenging the stereotypes of what you might think a band like this can incorporate into their show. Four way drum battles? Three members playing one bass guitar? These guys push the limits in more ways than one.

Nothing More are that rarest of things, a band with the heart, the soul, the brains and the guts to capture your heart and spark your mind. A new generation of rock stars who are unconcerned with fabricated notions of how and where they might fit in or what the hottest trend is, but simply focused on making honest, passionate art with real intent. "We want to be a church for people who don't believe the things that churches believe," concludes Hawkins. "We want to connect people and connect with people." And what better way to do that than with uncompromising music built on uncompromised principles, fought for and earned the hard way. Nothing More? Accept nothing less.
The Color Morale - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
The Color Morale
CONSISTING OF GARRET RAPP (VOCALS), DEVIN KING (GUITAR), AARON SAUNDERS (GUITAR), STEVE CAREY (DRUMS) AND MIKE HONSON (BASS), THE COLOR MORALE STANDS WITH THEIR FANS. HEALING TOGETHER. STRENGTHENING EACH OTHER THROUGH THE COMMON BONDS OF BROKENNESS, SUFFERING AND A HOPE FOR REDEMPTION. THE BAND IS KNOWN TO SKILLFULLY COMBINE ELEMENTS OF INTRICATE MUSICIANSHIP WITH A PASSIONATE MESSAGE. WITH SHREDDING RIFFS AND SOARING CHORUSES, THE ROCKFORD, IL FIVE-PIECE ARE MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT, PUTTING AS MUCH EMPHASIS ON THE MESSAGE FOUND IN THE SONGS AS THEY DO IN THEIR SOUND, AND THAT IS WHAT THEIR FANS VALUE MOST. SINCE THEIR FORMATION IN 2007, THE BAND HAS RELEASED THREE ALBUMS TO DATE WE ALL HAVE DEMONS,MY DEVIL IN YOUR EYES, AND KNOW HOPE. ON THEIR FOURTH ALBUM AND FEARLESS RECORDS DEBUT HOLD ON PAIN ENDS, THE COLOR MORALE EXPLORES NEW DEPTHS OF POWER, EMOTION, AND FEELING, WHICH ALTERNATIVE PRESS NOTED AS ONE OF THEIR MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2014 AND KERRANG! MAGAZINE DESCRIBED AS "ONE OF THE MOST HARD-HITTING ALBUMS OF THE YEAR." THE GROUP'S EVER-BUILDING FOLLOWING STANDS WITH THEM, TOO: LANDING THEM ON THE COVER OF HM MAGAZINE AND ALTERNATIVE PRESS' WARPED TOUR ISSUE. THE BAND HAS TOURED WITH THE LIKES OF THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA,AUGUST BURNS RED, OF MICE & MEN, ATTACK! ATTACK!, WE CAME AS ROMANS, AND HAVE RECENTLY WRAPPED UP AN ENTIRE SUMMER ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR 2014. THE COLOR MORALE STAND POISED FOR THEIR BIGGEST YEAR TO DATE, ARMED WITH THEIR MOST VIBRANT, FOCUSED, AND OVERWHELMINGLY POWERFUL COLLECTION OF SONGS.
Turbowolf - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Turbowolf
Magic noise for psychic colossus.
Venue Information:
Mod Club Theatre
722 College St. W
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1C5
http://themodclub.com/