Nope. That's it, no more recommending music. The title says it: Nothing More. /s
Alright, no more joking. A few weeks ago I asked in a journal if I should do music recommendations, and now I have finally gotten off my lazy butt and this is the first in a series of recommendations! As I was attempting to joke, the first band that I'm going to talk about is Nothing More.
Nothing More has been around since 2003, but hadn't made their way into the spotlight until their fourth album (and technically first non-independent album), Nothing More, in 2013/2014 (they released it as an independent album first, then re-released once being signed to a record label). Since the success of their self-titled album, the band has gained quite the following that continues to grow.
The reason why I picked them for my first recommendation is because although they're becoming pretty well known, they're still relatively small in comparison to other bands. But anyways, let's check out some tunes, shall we?
Assuming you know nothing about Nothing More, I have created an essentials list: Songs that if you haven't heard before, you probably should! These six songs are some of their most popular from their self titled album and are still regularly played on the radio.
Ocean Floor/This Is The Time (Ballast)
Ok, technically two songs, but Ocean Floor is really just an intro.
I love this song, not because it's an aggressive rock song, but because the lyrics have such a deep meaning. Despite the title, this is not an anti-religious song, rather it's against those who use religion as a means to justify their actions. There are people in this world who try to "sell" their idea of religion as if it's the one true way and persecute those they deem "sinners" because they hate them, and these zealots are ultimately those who are wrong (Westboro Baptist Church I'm looking at you). So do as the song says, and "get that shit off copyright".
Before someone points it out, no, I'm not just picking all of the songs off their self-titled album, these songs just happen to be in this order and are all popular. Anyways, this is another one of those "pay attention to the lyrics" kind of songs, really speaking their mind on the current state of that channel that used to be about music.
Here's To The Heartache
I'm not just gonna post all the aggressive songs, don't worry. This one is more of a ballad, but still rocks.
If I Were
Saying "I love you" is boring, but saying "If I was God for a day, I'd ignore everything and spend that day with you, and I wouldn't change anything about you" is some next level stuff. That's basically this whole song in a nutshell.
This was the first Nothing More song I had heard, and I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone, just listen to it. It got me hooked immediately.
Ok, so now I'm going to assume you have either A) have heard of Nothing More previously, or B) just listened to those six songs (or C) just ignored all of my babbling and skipped to this part for some reason). Now, I have four extra songs to round out this journal to a total of ten recommended songs. These four are lesser known/newer songs that I believe deserve some attention.
This is one of my favorite Nothing More songs, and it's a bit of a sad song. The message is to live life to it's fullest, but told from a mortality perspective. "I have watched you fade in, you will watch me fade out. When the grip leaves my hand, I know you wont let me down." If this song doesn't make you want to call your dad after listening to it, then I don't know what will.
Go To War
This is an interesting song. I always interpreted it as fighting with a significant other, but I have also heard some interpret it in a more political sense (personally, I still think it leans very hard towards the fighting significant other meaning). Either way, the meaning is still the same: Why must we fight each other?
Take A Bullet
I can't pick just sad songs, so here's something a little more aggressive. This is one of those songs that I could just groove to the beat all day, especially that breakdown.
God Went North
Another sad song, but it's so moving. Much like Fadein/Fadeout, this song is about mortality (and parents). There's one line that I find incredibly chilling: "If you wont save her, please just take her." I kinda just want to let the song speak for itself at this point, but pay attention to those lyrics then think about that one line.
And that about wraps up this Ryan Recommends. I hope you have enjoyed the journey and the jams, and I plan on doing journals like this every so often. For the future I would like to have the setlist be just five songs, but this one got out of hand really quick and I still have more songs that I want to add. Either way, this was a trial run. I also want to mention that not all of these will be centered around rock, metal, or just a singular band. I have some ideas for a little R&B, Fusion, and Comedic Rap (yes, comedic rap) for future recommends. But until then, I hope you enjoy Nothing More.
P.S. Also I have to say, if you enjoy their music, I highly recommend seeing them live. I saw them in 2015 (the same performance shown below) and they put on an amazing show. You can expect to see some crazy things like this:
Also, not from the show I saw, but the same bass solo from the first video but from a mounted perspective.