Live Gig Review and All Photos by Zenae D. Zukowski
It was 2014 when Nothing More unleashed their self-titled studio album featuring the emotional tune “Jenny.” For those who are unfamiliar, the song “Jenny” was to raise suicide awareness, and it has been a well respected single ever since. Not only do these Texas rockers present strong tunes, but their live shows also speak like no other. With that said, if you haven’t seen Nothing More live before, what are you waiting for? The group spent the last year and change working on a new album and wanted to kick off a headlining tour to share a few new tunes. The tour began on April 25th and concludes at this year’s Rocklahoma festival during Memorial Day Weekend. We were there on Monday, May 8 at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre with Black Map, As Lions and Hell or Highwater as support.
Hell or Highwater brought their new album ‘Vista’ out May 19th via Spinefarm Records to the stage including the single “I Want It All.” Vocalist Brandon Saller showcased an incredible amount of energy as he stood on top of the barricade and moved into the crowd.
Next up was London’s As Lions. You might recognize vocalist Austin Dickinson, the son of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and former singer from Rise To Remain. Rise To Remain disbanded in 2015, and Dickinson picked up the pieces with As Lions and brought guitarists Conor O’Keefe and Will Homer along with him. Now, two years later their debut album ‘Selfish Age’ is out now, and they performed in NYC for the first time under As Lions.
We recently interviewed the frontman, and he explained to us that he drinks a lot of water between songs and shared advice from his father to always give the crowd hell and to “not fuck up.” On this night, Austin had bottles of water surrounding him, and he looked incredibly hydrated while him and his mates indeed, gave the audience hell. The set included songs “The Fall,” “White Flags,” “Bury My Dead,” “Deathless,” “Aftermath,” and “The Great Escape.”
While both Hell or Highwater and As Lions possessed a similar rock edge to Nothing More; San Francisco’s Black Map featured a more metal to sludgier sound along with a Deftones-like style. The trio includes members from Dredg, Far, and The Trophy Fire and they were there in support of their brand new sophomore album 2017’s ‘In Droves.’ The set included songs: “I’m Just the Driver,” “Run Rabbit Run,” “Foxglove,” “And We Explode pt. 1,” “Code,” “Chinaski,” “Octavia,” “No Color,” “Gold,” and “Ruin.”
Finally, it was time for Nothing More to hit the stage. Unfortunately, it looked like their center drum kit wasn’t going to happen due to the scorpion tail breaking off. However, this didn’t stop barefooted frontman Jonny Hawkins from banging those drums and jumping on top of the kit. This resilient and unstoppable band is meant for the stage, or even a slightly bigger one as they give it their all including sharing brand new songs “Let Em Burn” and “Who We Are.” The full set was compiled of songs “Christ Copyright,” “Let Em Burn,” If I Were,” “Ripping Me Apart,” “First Punch,” bass solo, “Mr. MTV,” “Here’s to the Heartache,” “Who We Are,” “The Matthew Effect,” “I’ll Be OK,” “Jenny,” “This Is The Time (Ballast)” and “Salem (Burn the Witch).”
With the hint of new tunes, it’s a good sign that Nothing More will return. Overall the evening was a success from each act sharing new music and introducing themselves to the New York City crowd.