Wednesday, July 6, 2011

No Such Thing

Every year The Recording Conservatory of Austin holds it's Unsigned Artist Competition, with the winning group dragging home a truckload of goodies (studio hours at Stinson Studios, ProTools gear, Apple gear, photography and CD design work, etc, etc.). Lots of folks try to grab that brass ring (The Clouds Are Ghosts competed, for instance, making it all the way to the finals); the prizes are sweet and specifically tailored to tempt the most stoic indie musician.

These are the fellas that walked away with the prize this year, No Such Thing:
That guy in the center is Ryan Hegefeld; he does the singing and plays guitar. The guy to the left of him is the other guitarist, Johnny Mike, and to the far left we've got bassist Corbin Lanmon. That's keyboardist Dan Snell on the far right, and to the left of him is drummer Michael Alexander.

The current incarnation of No Such Thing has been doing their rockin' thang since 2008, and like most of our local indies, they ain't from these parts - They hail from Hamilton and Evant, two towns in central Texas, not previously known to be hotbeds of their brand of harder rock.

So your band is hot, but your town is not, musically speaking: What do you do? "...we knew that if we were going to be serious about our music we would need to be in a city that is just as serious about it's music. What better place than the live music capital of the world?!"
What the guys bring to their new hometown is a venue-friendly, almost Breaking Benjamin brand of metallic alt. rock. Give the title track from "This One's For You" a listen (below) to hear that chugging, bellowing metallic style we're talking about.

That said, they're fully capable of steering clear of the extremities when necessary - Give a few moments to the nicely-constructed "If Only" (below) for proof that these guys can pull off some emotive piano-led pieces with conviction.

Overall, we'll call it radio-friendly metallic; well-constructed numbers accentuated with barbed solos and tempered with chugging guitars; extreme yet melodically-true vox in well-formed verses; metal without the belligerence, screaming without the screamo.
Our vision is to bring specific aspects of the metal/hardcore genre to radio friendly alternative rock. Formerly being a "hardcore" band our roots are still planted in the genre but maturity brought us into the alternative scene.
-- No Such Thing
Winning the TRCOA's Unsigned contest could be considered The Breakout Event for any indie, instantly lending credibility to your act. And reportedly, it has -
The TRCOA Austin's Unsigned Artist Competition was all around an incredible experience. It really was the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. We got the chance to not only win some awesome prizes...but also play in-front of a couple A&R reps who judged the event...and hear their thoughts on the direction we were heading, what we were doing right and wrong, and a bit about the industry and what it is exactly labels are looking for nowadays... it was really a very enlightening experience. And now we don't have to sell our bodies to raise money for our next album.
-- No Such Thing
They've been around town a bit, having played Red Eyed Fly, Emo's, and The Parish; One of their last gigs in Austin was a showcase at Stubb's for some A & R folks. Still, they don't confine themselves to our warehouse district, and have melted faces in San Antonio, Waco, and even Temple, Texas (where they had the CD release party for "This One's For You" at The Epicenter).
Pretty much if there are electric outlets and people are willing to come out, we will be there!
-- No Such Thing
On that note - don't leave until you give a listen to the outstanding rock in "This One's For You":

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