After dominating the Texas and Oklahoma music scenes – from live shows to radio hits – No Justice is proud to release “2nd Avenue“, their fourth album and Carved Records debut. A well-balanced compound of roots and rock, No Justice is ready to take the rest of the country by storm. “We aren’t interested in cookie-cutter bands at this label,” explains Carved CEO Tim Porter. ‘”We want artists that know how to put on a live show, write great songs and aren’t afraid to work. No Justice has all three in spades.”
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dexter Green (Collective Soul), 2nd Avenue has a soulful sound that will appeal to music fans of all genres. “No Justice is a diverse band that’s been inspired by a lot of different artists, and because of that we appeal to just about anybody…from cowboys to punk rock chicks,” says singer Steve Rice. “I write about my relationships and what I know.” The anthemic title track and single “2nd Avenue” is a perfect example of the band’s songwriting talent, blending heartfelt lyrics and melody with crunching guitars and pounding drums.
I had the chance to speak to Steve from No Justice about touring, their inspirations, and the feelings they hope their fans will have from listening to their new album. You can read about that below.
What kind of tour/performing schedule do you have lined out to support and promote your upcoming album?
Well, right now we’re still working that out. We’re hitting the region that is familiar to us, about 6 states like Oklahoma, in the midwest. We’re gearing up for our national release in September and are going to be branching out. But right now we’re hitting the home turf and putting all that together.
How did you break into the music industry?
Very carefully! Basically first we decided to go for broke; play anywhere and everywhere for any amount of people. Even if we had to travel 10 hours and only make $200 while sleeping in our vehicles. The first 2 to 3 years were really hard on us – out of our pockets and our bodies. It took a while to get on stable ground.
What drives you the most to do what you love? What inspires you?
What inspires us, I think is that we all come from different places and we’re different people in the band. What drives us is our families and to do well for them. The sheer love for what we do, to get up and smile every morning as you’re going to work. Also seeing your music touch people and the songs impacting people. Last week at one of our shows I seen someone crying and laughing. It brings out the emotion and we want to continue to do that.
Besides music, what are your favorite things to do? What keeps you grounded?
What keeps me grounded I think is my upbringing. I was raised in a very humble family surrounded by humble people. But by the same aspect I was around egotistical people so I know how not to act. As for what I like to do, I like to hang out with family. And I like to shoot guns personally. We all love video games – its a very inexpensive way to keep us entertained. And lately, I like to help with marketing and media with our record.
Besides family and friends, what do you miss the most when you are out on the road?
Relaxation. Just the relaxing environment of home. You can’t get comfortable in a hotel. That’s the biggest thing, just the sanctuary of home.
What is one accomplishment you hope to make above all others in your life & career?
Worldwide exposure. We’ve been pushing the regional exposure for quite some time now. I think we’ve been pretty successful in what we’ve been doing so far in the sense that we can do what we love and provide for our families.
What is your favorite song on the new album, and what is your favorite song of yours of all time, and why?
Off the new record its hard to say because its so new. We really enjoy playing all of the songs on the new album. For an old song, so far I would have to say ‘Red Dress’ is my favorite one. Its sorta like a time stamp in the sense of going on the road and dealing with the struggle of balancing your family life back home. We pushed so hard for that song, rewrote it about 5 times, and just really believed in it. Its a crowd favorite.
Have you ever written or created a song that didn’t make the album cut that you wish did?
No, not really. I’ve written plenty of songs that didn’t make an album cut. It just comes down to a mutual decision on what gets put on an album.
What are some of your long term goals that you have lined out for yourself?
Aside from the exposure I mentioned earlier, I’d say more free time to do things, to reward my family for their sacrifices they make and that they continue to make so that we can do what we love to do. The freedom to let them do what they want to do whether its when they are gone or at home.
What sort of feelings do you hope your fans will have from listening to your new album?
Well, with the album there is a lot of variety. It pushes a lot of genres and invokes a lot of different emotions. You have the emotion of happy, of energetic, of sadness, of heartfelt… Its just the overall outlook of the album, where people don’t get bored listening to it. You can put it in and listen to the whole thing without being bored. There are different range of vocals, tempos, and we play different. It’s entertaining.
No Justice is currently on tour throughout Texas and the Midwest. For a full list of tour dates and for more information about the band, visit NoJustice.com or find them on Facebook. 2nd Avenue is available now in stores and online (iTunes/Amazon).
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