Saturday, May 27, 7 p.m.
The Rust Belt, 533 12th Avenue, East Moline
Currently touring in support of their 2022 album Spirits, a release that Cryptic Rock praised for its “joyful effervescence” and that SputnikMusic called “a ton of fun,” the Grammy-moninated alternative rockers of Nothing More headline a May 27 concert at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, their latest a recording that, according to Soundigest, "shows Nothing More's insane talent for satisfying production, heavy choruses, and thoughtful bridges."
Formed in San Antonio, Texas, in 2003, Nothing More spent much of the 2000s recording independent albums, releasing Shelter in 2004, Save You/Save Me in 2007, and The Few Not Fleeting in 2009. Yet the group struggled to maintain a steady lineup or attract record label interest, and toward the end of the decade, the band's drummer Jonny Hawkins decided to switch to being the band's frontman and lead vocalist, stabilizing Nothing More's core lineup along with other longtime members Mark Vollelunga (guitar) and Daniel Oliver (bass). Nothing More self-funded and recorded their fourth, self-titled studio album over the course of three years and used it to gain the attention of the Eleven Seven Music record label, who signed the band to a five album record contract upon hearing it. Nothing More consequently became the band's breakthrough release in 2014, with multiple charting singles including "This is the Time (Ballast)," which hit number one on the Mediabase Active Rock chart and number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, as well as "Mr. MTV," "Jenny," and "Here's to the Heartache," all of which made the top 15 of both charts.
he band began working on a follow-up in 2016 while continuing to tour in support of their self-titled release, and in September of 2017, Nothing More released their fifth studio album The Stories We Tell Ourselves. Its lead single "Go to War" outperformed the band's prior singles by topping Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and the album went on to earn the band three Grammy Award nominations, for Best Rock Album, and for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for "Go to War." With drummer Ben Anderson filling out the Nothing More lineup and the group now touring in support of Sprits, Nothing More has been lauded for their elaborate and energetic live performances, with LA Music Blog likening the ensemble to "some sort of twisted, rock 'n roll adaptation of Blue Man Group – if Blue Man Group ever opened for Rage Against the Machine."
Nothing More brings their national tour to East Moline on May 27, admission to the 7 p.m. Concert event starts at $39.75, and more information and tickets are available by visiting TheRustBeltQC.com.