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Nothing More Drops a Rock Bomb on Birmingham
Posted on Friday October 09, 2015 By Jessica Wallace
On this past Tuesday, Birmingham welcomed rising rockstars Nothing More to the stage on their Monster Energy Outbreak Tour stop at Zydeco. And what a rocking Tuesday it was. There was a diverse crowd as far as age goes. All members of the audience were straining necks to see and pushing their way closer and closer to the barricade while others were perched in window sills or trying to sneak backstage. Separations opened the show followed by Turbowolf and then The Color Morale, each receiving a good response from the new listeners.
By 10pm it was time for Nothing More to hit the stage. The crowd slammed to the front when the house lights and music faded and the band walked on stage. A heightening intro to “Christ Copyright” began then the shirtless, barefoot leadsman bolted from side stage to his microphone and let loose. Johnny Hawkins is more than just a singer. He flung himself about like an animal, pounded on his own personal bass drum, and used all kinds of vocal techniques. They went straight into one of their more popular songs “Mr. MTV” and everyone went wild, on and off the stage. The whole band was exhilarating throughout the entire show as the energy built. They played nearly every song on their current, self titled album.
Eventually a large post was mounted to Hawkins’ small drum kit and Daniel Oliver attached his bass guitar to it. He gave it a shove and it started swinging back and forth as Hawkins and guitarist Mark Vollelunga joined him to play a three-man bass solo, each playing his own separate part on the same guitar. The last three songs were enough to make everyone in the room go insane. They were the band’s most loved songs, including their hit “This is the Time (Ballast)” and Jenny.
Nothing More wrapped the show up with “Salem,” in which they exploded with an enthralling drum solo where Ben Anderson continued beating the shit out of his kit and Hawkins’ arms started bouncing off his bass drum. Vollelunga and Oliver each grabbed a tom then ran around flipping, hitting, and sharing the drums. Afterwards, the audience showed no sign of clearing out quickly because nearly every person there was determined to meet the band or grab some merch. Nothing More is a must-see band. One of the best shows I’ve been to.
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G. Love & Special Sauce at WorkPlay October 8
Posted on Thursday September 24, 2015 By Jessica Brasher
G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM,
LOVE SAVES THE DAY, ON OCTOBER 30TH
LUCINDA WILLIAMS, CITIZEN COPE, DAVID HILDAGO, AND MORE JOIN
G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE ON THEIR RETURN TO “TRASHCAN BLUES”
G. Love and Special Sauce have announced the release of Love Saves The Day from Brushfire Records on October 30, 2015. The album returns to the classic ‘hip-hop blues’ sound first pioneered by the trio in the early 90s and features a bevy of guest artists including Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, David Hildago of Los Lobos, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.