Nothing More Continues To “Tell Stories” In Denver

 

Texas rockers Nothing More are nearing two years into touring in support for their album The Stories We Tell Ourselves.  With the sold out venues and die hard fans on this current U.S. winter tour, it might be hard to stop.  The band made one of those sold out tour stops at the Open Theatre in Denver, CO Tuesday night.

New Jersey’s Palisades was up first to warm the crowd. The band performed a short set of mostly aggressive rock songs that appear on their album Erase The Pain released last year. The band is fronted by lead vocalist Louis Miceli Jr who hits hard with his strong vocals backed with the bands solid live instrumentation and guitar riffs.

Next up was California’s newcomers Badflower who may be just getting started but seem to already be elevating after just releasing their debut album OK, I’M SICK last week. The band delivered layered guitars and precision percussion that was easily highlighted live by the engaging stage presence of guitarist and lead vocalist Josh Katz.

Of Mice & Men would be the last to prep the crowd.  Frontman/bassist Aaron Pauley masterfully performed his signature harsh and standard vocal style. There is not a lot of stage movement from any of the band members but fans enjoyed being ripped through hard-hitting metalcore anthems.

The crowd eagerly awaited the arrival of Nothing More.  The words “Truth” were projected on a white curtain which dropped as the band slammed into the song “Let em Burn”. Vocalist Jonny Hawkins made his unique entrance barefoot and shirtless but tonight his chest was primally painted in black like the 80’s WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior. The band sounded flawless as they hit on some of the old favorites like “Mr. MTV”, and “This Is The Time (Ballast), and “Christ Copyright”. They also sprinkled in plenty of material from the new album including “Don’t Stop”, “Go To War”, and my personal favorites “Tunnels” and “Fadein/Fadeout”.  It would not be a Nothing More show without the creative stage production looking like it was designed for the latest Mad Max movie. One of the shows highlights happened when Hawkins slowed it down and grabbed a mic stand and talked about groups he has invited on this tour like HeadCount (voter registration) and Write Love On Her Arms (help for those suffering from addiction and depression). Hawkins told an emotional story about his mental health struggles and his sister before launching into “Jenny”.

The band seems ready to go back in the studio and put together another great work of art. As the band continues to grow they build a deeper relationship with their fans. These shows have become a part of their own journey and story to tell.