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Carnal Tour 2024

Nothing More

Set It Off, From Ashes to New, Post Profit

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Parking is available through Gate 4 entrance on 810 E Laburnum Avenue and Gate 6 entrance on 4200 Carolina Avenue.

Ride Share drop off is available through Gate 6 on 4200 Carolina Avenue.

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NOTHING MORE combines the cerebral and sublime. The music Jonny Hawkins, Mark Vollelunga, Daniel Oliver, and Ben Anderson make together is primal, elemental, and even carnal. Their foundation is heady and heavy, filled with creative nuance that rewards repeated listens, while the catchy hooks always soar, intertwined in a delicious dance between accessibility and experimentation.

They’ve already earned three GRAMMY nominations and two gold plaques along the journey. 2022’s SPIRITS, which produced songs like “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS” and the Top 5 smash “TIRED OF WINNING,” indulged the outer edges of NOTHING MORE’s esoteric leanings without sacrificing melody. Two years later, CARNAL brings them full circle with focused precision.

CARNAL harkens to their breakthrough 2014 self-titled set and the bombastic energy of songs like “This is the Time (Ballast),” while powerful interludes and trippy transitions anchor it all together. If SPIRTS was water, CARNAL is fire. NOTHING MORE sound biting, visceral, and in-your-face.

“We wanted to go back to our roots a little bit on this one and see what that sounds like in 2024,” Hawkins explains. “SPIRITS was an introspective, deep dive. We wanted this one to feel immediate. CARNAL is a bit harder and more guitar-driven. There’s still a lot of depth in the musicality. We maintain the niche, fringe, progressive elements, but we also made sure every chorus is a banger.”

Kerrang! named NOTHING MORE one of 22 Artists Shaping the Future of Rock, alongside Nine Inch Nails, Twenty One Pilots, and Bring Me The Horizon. And frontman Hawkins, who met guitarist Vollelunga before they were old enough to drive, appeared with Billie Joe Armstrong, Dave Grohl, and Hayley Williams in the English tastemaker’s Top 50 Greatest Rockstars in the World.

“A real rock star should be someone who is a leader of culture through music,” Hawkins thoughtfully demurred when bestowed with the honor. “They steer the world in some direction. They can shift people to think in a different way. For a long while now, there has been a void of bands of substance. Now, people are coming out of hibernation. They want something philosophically minded.”

“IF IT DOESN’T HURT” became NOTHING MORE’s next Top 10 single in early 2024. CARNAL also boasts the big and vibey “ANGEL SONG” (featuring Disturbed’s David Draiman). “STUCK” “is probably the heaviest song we’ve ever written,” Vollelunga says of the CARNAL’s diverse tracklist. “On the other end of the spectrum, ‘DOWN THE RIVER is very singer-songwriter and ‘FREEFALL’ will be the timeless emotional anthem for those in need.”

Confessional authenticity and passion bind all the songs together. The lyrics sprang from a time of upheaval in Hawkins’ life, which eventually saw the singer relocate from Louisiana to Tennessee. “My life pretty much went through a full reset,” he explains. “Everything got turned upside down.”

“IF IT DOESN’T HURT” and “FREEFALL” address that season of turmoil. So does “HOUSE ON SAND,” which draws inspiration from the Old Testament story about Joseph’s “coat of many colors” and the New Testament parable about the wisdom of building a home on rock vs the folly of building on sand. “I kind of built my whole life around a person and circumstances, and it all crumbled,” Jonny laments. “It was a huge learning lesson, which I think many people go through at some point in their lives.”

Rather than self-produce, NOTHING MORE sought out a producer for the first time in years. They hired fellow GRAMMY nominee Drew Fulk, aka WZRD BLD (Motionless In White, Ice Nine Kills, Wage War), after a single meeting because the chemistry between the five of them was just that good.

A handful of diverse collaborations further enhance CARNAL, including phonk star Sinizter (“STUCK”), I Prevail’s Eric Vanlerberghe (“HOUSE ON SAND”), and Draiman on “ANGEL SONG,” which touches on “the eternal struggle between the free and rebellious spirit of the individual vs. the crushing entanglements of the inevitability of societal systems,” Hawkins explains. “While some of those systems are necessary to some degree in a civilized society, there is a point where they ensnare as many people as they help. This song taps into that rebellious, free-spirited instinct or hope in us all.”

“GIVE IT TIME” and “DOWN THE RIVER” are unapologetic messages of hope. “Those songs are for anyone who finds themselves in a worn out or beaten down point in their life,” says Hawkins.

Several interludes appear throughout – “| CARNAL |,” “| HEAD |,” “| HEART |,” “| SIGHT |,” and “| SOUND |,” which mirror the icons and psychometric markers Hawkins used to build his SPIRITS TEST. The 25-question quiz is a meta personality test inspired by the Myers-Briggs personality test, the “Big 5” personality traits, the Enneagram, the work of Alan Watts, and a bit of the Zodiac and spirituality.

Oliver hails SPIRITS as “probably the most progressive record we’ve released – dense songs with lots of musical exploration, which has always been a big part of the band. Everyone fears that a producer will make things too straight-ahead. But I’m doing a lot with effects on my bass, letting it carry some of the grit. The musical identity of NOTHING MORE wasn’t neutered. CARNAL is just focused.”

Similarly, Vollelunga points out that the progressive element was there from the beginning, with a rhythmic crunch akin to Tool or Rage Against The Machine and a love for huge melodies. “Jonny and I started jamming 20 years ago,” the guitarist recalls. “We played around town locally in San Antonio. When Dan joined, he encouraged us to play outside of our city. We became a ‘real’ band.”

Club shows, DIY releases, and a “battle of the bands” victory that landed them a few dates on the Vans Warped Tour in 2007 gave NOTHING MORE the space to forge their unique identity. Hawkins switched from drums to singing before 2009’s The Few Not Fleeting. Buzzed about performances at major festivals earned the attention of Better Noise, who reissued 2013’s self-titled album in 2014.

Songs like “Here’s to the Heartache” and gold-single “Jenny” made early splashes on the radio before “This is the Time (Ballast)” became the No. 1 song of the decade on Sirius XM Octane. 2017’s The Stories We Tell Ourselves produced the Top 10 single “Do You Really Want It?” and earned three Grammy noms, including Best Rock Album, Rock Performance, and Rock Song (for the gold-certified “Go to War”).

Crowds who’ve seen Hawkins wrestle with the band’s self-made 14-foot-tall Scorpion Tail Midi controller attest to NOTHING MORE’s uniquely immersive power. They’ve earned new acolytes on the road with hard rock titans, including Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, In This Moment, and co-headliners Asking Alexandria. The Guardian observed: “There’s a sophistication to NOTHING MORE’s angst that raises them above the tumult-tossed pit.”

Musically, lyrically, and creatively, the band embodies determined evolution and a resilient spirit. “It’s my time,” Jonny belts out in “Stuck.” “This is for the people who can’t break through / I used to feel just like you.” He claims the next phase of his life with an anthem, encouraging others to do the same.

NOTHING MORE charms and attracts fans of Linkin Park, Muse, Incubus, Deftones, and like-minded acts that conjure genuine feelings with immediacy and integrity. Memorize the arena-ready hooks. Get mesmerized by the intimate, communal live show. Dig deeper down the rabbit hole into the work of philosophers and artists like Watts, Eckhart Tolle, and Carl Jung, who inspire the band because there’s a place for every type of rock fan with NOTHING MORE. Built to last, here to stay.

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  • Fri, September 20, 2024
  • 5:50 PM 5:00 PM
  • All Ages
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