ARTIST:

NOTHING MORE

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES

(2017)
LABEL:

ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE METAL

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"Catchy yet sophisticated, beautiful yet violent, the tone of the formation led by Jonny Hawkins plays contrasts constantly without ever getting lost."
AXEL_D (02.02.2018)  
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The Nothing More adventure began in 2003. The beginnings of the Americans are mostly stammering : two self-produced records and two others released on a label (Vestia Entertainement) with few means. It's only with the release of their eponymous album in 2013 that the band takes another dimension. The success of the latter led the band and its record company to re-release it a year later, giving the San Antonio natives an international dimension. Unclassifiable, elusive without being incomprehensible, this opus was a real breath of fresh air. 

Out of the 18 tracks on this "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", six are actually introductions or interludes. If a first listening is not enough to discover all the secrets hidden in this record, one thing is already clear: Nothing More has reached another level. Getting rid of the few useless lengths of its predecessor ('Pyre'), "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" achieves a true flawless. First title and first slap, 'Do You Really Want It' is as much punchy as 'Let Em' Burn' and 'Ripping Me Appart', two others hits! It would be possible to quote all twelve tracks as they are all the same. Catchy yet sophisticated, beautiful yet violent, the tone of the band led by Jonny Hawkins plays with contrasts all the time without ever getting lost. From the sensitive 'Just Say When' to the unifying 'Who We Are' and the more ambient 'Go To War', it's a rollercoaster of emotions that the band makes us live.

Electros elements are added in a more powerful way than in the past in the music of the combo ('Ripping Me Appart', 'Don't Stop', 'The Great Divorce'...), and an additional work has been done in the arrangements, each listening revealing new details. It's hard to compare Nothing More to any other band, even if in the spirit, the madness and freshness of Fair To Midland is sometimes not far away.

It's on 'FadeInFadeOut', with more progressive tones and sublime lyrics dealing with the father-son relationship that this opus ends. If the quartet's next stage performances match the level presented here, the guys deserve to fill stadiums. Awesome!


More informations on http://www.nothingmore.net





TRACK LISTING:
01. (ambition; Destruction)
02. Do You Really Want It
03. (convict; Divide)
04. Let 'em Burn
05. Ripping Me Appart
06. Don't Stop
07. Funny Little Creatures
08. (react; Respond)
09. The Great Divorce
10. Still In Love
11. (alone; Together)
12. Go To War
13. Just Say When
14. (accept; Disconnect)
15. Who We Are
16. Tunnels
17. (end; Begin)
18. Fadeinfadeout

LINEUP:
Ben Anderson: Batterie
Daniel Oliver: Basse
Jonny Hawkins: Chant / Batterie
Mark Vollelunga: Guitares
   
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