Rock and roll, still alive

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Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More performing at the 2015 Monster Energy Tour in St. Pete, Florida at the State Theatre.

Logan Bishop, Online Editor

Rock and roll. It’s been around since the 1940s. It’s now 2016 and the genre is still bringing more bands to your attention. Nothing More, PVRIS, as well as ’68 are all examples of what’s to come.

Nothing More

Hard rock band, Nothing More, have been quite the topic these past years.

With their self-titled album being released in 2014, this band has been blowing up. In just a week of release, their self-titled reached #33 in Billboard magazine. Not only did the album rank, but they had 4 singles from the self-titled record that also appeared on the charts. “This Is The Time (Ballast)” was #2 under mainstream rock songs in 2014 and “Mr. MT” being #12. In 2015, their hit single “Jenny” reached #6 and “Here’s To The Heartache” at #7.

The band consists of Jonny Hawkins on lead vocals, Daniel Oliver on bass, Mark Vollegunga on guitar, and Paul O’Brien on drums.

So what’s in store for the new year?

The past few months, Nothing More has been in the process of writing their next record. It is available for pre-order on pledgemusic.com. Not only have they been in the works of a new album, they’ve also been connecting with fans.

Recently, they recorded a new version of their song “Here’s To The Heartache.” The band came across Dadebrayant, who is a fan from Italy who does piano covers of popular rock songs. While listening to his rendition, it inspired them to record an acoustic version. It is available to stream off of YouTube and in it they play over Dadebrayant’s version.

If you’re into bands that break boundaries and shine light onto the music industry, Nothing More is for you.

 

PVRIS

A rock trio. You don’t see those anymore. Bringing it back to the classic roots.

PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”) formed back in 2012 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Originally they were a metal core band consisting of five members. Their line up then changed to vocalist/guitarist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, guitarist Alex Babinski, bassist Brian Macdonald, and drummer Brad Griffin. Shortly after touring in 2013, Griffin parted ways and they continued as a trio. This was also around the time they had to change their name from “Paris” to “PVRIS” due to legal reasons.

In June 2014, PVRIS signed with Rise Records. This made them the first female-fronted act on the label’s roster.

Bob Sayce of Rock Sound described their sound as a combined mixture of “dark electro-pop and stadium-sized rock.” Their first EP has been described as post-hardcore but their latest record White Noise has been described as electro-pop.

PVRIS has recently topped the charts all around the world with their latest single, “You and I.”

At the moment, PVRIS is a supporting act for AWOLNATION and Fall Out Boy for Fall Out Boy’s “Wintour Is Coming” tour. Their energy and drive to create more music will be sure to catch the attention of many.

 

‘68

’68 is an American Rock duo that was formed in 2013 after The Chariot (Josh Scogin’s previous band) had broken up.

This duo consists of Josh Scogin as the guitarist and vocalist and Michael McClellan on drums.

To announce the band, Scogin had posted a countdown in 2013 on the website theyare68.com. Scogin posted a two-song EP titled Midnight for sale. The record is called Midnight, which is a reference to Cinderella; at midnight, everything goes back to normal. “I feel very much like Cinderella and midnight hasn’t come yet. I expect at any moment it’ll start dinging and I’ll be like, ‘Man, it was a good ride,'” said Scogin.

In April and May of 2014, ’68 went on tour opening for Chiodos, Emarosa, Our Last Night, and Hands Like Houses.

Their latest record, In Humor and Sadness, was released on July 8th, 2014.

In January of 2016, the band entered the studio to work on their follow-up album to In Humor and Sadness.

If you dig the classic punk rock sound, definitely take some time and listen to ’68.