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LIVE: NOTHING MORE– September 23, 2017

| 2 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: The International

City: Knoxville, TN

Date: September 23, 2017

Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig

Nothing More returned to Knoxville in support of their brand new album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, bringing support from great rock bands that the audience might not have heard of before. Palisades began the show. They are best known for their single “Let Down,” which is very popular on Sirius XM’s Octane. I was honestly surprised that they were the first band, since I was more familiar with them than the other supporting artists. Palisades sounded very polished and brought some of their best songs from their latest self-titled album. A very striking moment during their set was when frontman Lou Miceli Jr. asked for all lights to be turned off except for everyone’s phone lights (and lighters for the oldschool folks). That’s when they dedicated the song “Dark” to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July. My Ticket Home came next. This band feels like they came straight out of the 90’s grunge/nu metal era, both visually and musically. After Palisades’ more modern, almost poppy sound, My Ticket Home brought the show back to heaviness and rock n’ roll. They were the perfect segue way into the next act. For Hell or Highwater, crowd interaction is a must. The band is also supporting a new album release on this tour, called Vista. Hell Or Highwater was full of energy, as band members were all over the stage and frontman Brandon Saller was both in the crowd and on the patio outside performing. They also brought their own version of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson,” which turned the show into a 2000’s-era sing-a-long.

I’ve already seen Nothing More once before in a much smaller venue, so I was happy to see they’ve expanded their stage set. Nothing More is one of my favorite bands to see live, since their stage presence and energy can’t be experienced through their albums alone. Their set included plenty of fan favorites, including “Christ Copyright,” “Mr. MTV,” “Jenny” and “Ocean Floor” along with songs from their new album like “Let ‘Em Burn,” “Go To War,” and an acoustic song, “Just Say When.” Several of their songs sounded like they were stripped down or reworked for this tour. Nothing More also focuses more on the music and visuals, rather than talking or crowd interaction. The band also had some Mad Max-inspired elements, like a metal contraption with drums, levers, and gears. Jonny Hawkins’ vocals were also impressive, going from soft singing to his signature screaming. Nothing More rocks hard while still staying inspirational. Overall, this is one of my favorite shows this year.





Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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