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Nothing More finds something greater in latest music

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Nothing More has found something considerably more during the past year.

The hard rockers from San Antonio -- who play Thursday, Feb. 4, at Detroit's Saint Andrews Hall -- leapt from the independent ranks to signing with a label (Eleven Seven Music) for their self-titled sixth album. It hit No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and launched a rock radio hit with "This is the Time (Ballast)," and frontman Jonny Hawkins says its popularity is no accident.

"I think, in a weird way, we've been doing this long enough that we felt like we didn't have to prove anything to anyone, or ourselves, anymore," explains Hawkins. "I think a lot of the bands in our genre try to see how progressive they can be and how crazy and innovative and how many notes they can play at once. WE've been guilty of that.

"And I've noticed as bands get older, it's not so much about what you can do but what you choose NOT to do that really shapes your art. So we've built our chops or our musicianship up to a level where we feel comfortable to freely create and tap into whatever fits the emotion of what we're singing about instead of trying to do a million notes in one bar of music. I just think we're more open than we've ever been."

On the "Nothing More" album Hawkins was certainly open to writing directly about specific people and life circumstances; the new single, "Jenny," deals with is sister Jenna's battles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Other songs, meanwhile, are deliberately more obtuse.

"It's a balancing act," Hawkins explains. "I want to say almost every song on the record, if not every single one, was directly inspired by a person or a few different people. I think if we would've made some things know -- like 'Sex & Lies' is one of those songs we've been very reserved about in interviews and not gotten too specific about, 'cause I think there would be some frying pans flying at our heads if the people it was about knew.

"But for the most part, the people that (the songs) are about don't know that they or, or they do or they're suspicious but they haven't asked us, so it all works out."

Nothing More, Periphery, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist

Thursday, Feb. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $27.

Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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