WORDS BY DAVID TAYLOR AND PHOTOS ROBERT A CHADWICK | Go Venue Magazine
On Sunday, April 16, Texas’s own Nothing More rolled into Omaha at the Admiral Theater for their first-ever headlining performance in the city ever. The metro audience had been looking forward to this for a long time since 2014. It’s been a long time coming, and they finally made time to give us a full performance.
San Diego’s Thousand Below were the openers of the concert. This post-hardcore quartet brought the energy that will continue for the rest of the night. The breakdowns were tight. Lead vocalist James Deberg had a presence that lasted through the entire set, a good talker to the crowd. The mosh pit was electric. It was a solid start to the night. Be sure to check out their latest album, Hell Finds You Everywhere.
The direct support of the night came from Dallas, TX’s own Crown the Empire. This was my first time seeing them live, but was definitely not the first time they played Omaha, specifically not the first time playing this building. They have both played in the main room and the basement when it used to be called, the Sokol Underground, a rarity for artists that come through Omaha. It felt like a homecoming party. People were sending drinks to them after asking for them. The crowd was going nuts for them. Lead vocalist Andy Leo is the life of the party, just having fun on stage. It was a very impressive performance. Their upcoming album, Dogma, comes out on April 28.
Lastly, Nothing More was ready to take the Admiral stage. Now, I saw this band play this same stage not even a year ago in October, being the direct support for In This Moment. Never would I think I would see them headline that same stage in less than a year, but here we are! This time, lead vocalist Jonny Hawkins was in much better physical shape after having a muted physical performance, but strong, vocal-wise, last time. It was great to hear some songs they couldn’t fit into their support slot. They brought along an amazing lighting rig for their production. Sadly, Jonny Hawkins’s scorpion contraption didn’t want to work properly, so that was out of commission. But, the audience still had a great time, singing along to every song, new and older. This band is one of the best live acts out there right now, always giving 100%. In case you didn’t know, their latest album, Spirits, is out now.
Crown The Empire