After 20-plus years, ten full-length releases, countless sold out shows, and over one million albums sold worldwide, NONPOINT endure through sustaining an unbreakable bond among themselves and to a diehard fan base all over the globe.
Since their 1997 formation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, their ‘’give it all until the wheels come off’’ mindset has fuelled every move. Signature grooves hit with haymaker force bolstered by hip-hop cadences, thrashed-out six-string precision, and unshakable melodies boosted by a hypnotic hybrid of deft lyricism and crushing hooks
NONPOINT return to Australia for the first time since Soundwave 2015. This double bill is something to behold, two of the best live bands on the planet, one after the other delivering their own individual melding of Nu Metal, Hip-Hop and intense Rock with pure power and aggression that will pull every last drop of energy from the rabid crowd. Elias Soriano talks more about their return to Australia with Hi Fi Way.
How did the tour go with P.O.D.?
It was outstanding being able to go on the full Circles tour, they are great dudes like family and it is really great to be able to tour with your friends. Getting a second chance to do it again was gravy man!
Has it been tricky finding the right opportunity to get back to Australia now that Soundwave no longer happens?
Yeah, it definitely isn’t easy to get all the way over to the other side of the world and be able to put on the show that you want to. We were always having the Soundwave people take care of us when we were over was a blessing and now that has taken a back seat we are left to our own devices but it isn’t as often as we would like.
Twenty plus years as a band and ten albums, what can we expect to hear on this tour?
Luckily enough for us we have the catalogue and we know which ones floats peoples boats. We definitely go for the favourites and the ones that are high energy that moves the crowd. We are a high energy band and we want the crowd to have that same kind of vibe when we are performing. The set list is definitely catered to the type of show we want to see as well.
After twenty years of touring do you enjoy more now than ever before?
As of late the tours have been great, we’ve been touring with bands that we have been trying to tour with for years. We have had a bit of a resurgence with a younger crowd and we are getting a lot of younger fans coming out o our shows which is exciting. I think we are definitely feeling the love and we are looking positively in to the future.
What do you think is the most underrated thing that most people take for granted when it comes to touring?
Showers! That is hard to come across sometimes when you go, go, go! That and good coffee. That is one of the reasons I’m hyper excited about coming to Australia. The coffee culture there is amazing.
Is this tour also about laying the foundations so you can come back for your own headline tour at some stage?
We are literally trying to use this as a stepping stone to book another tour six months from now. That way we can immediately announce it, immediately get people excited about it, figure out a band who wants to come over with us and we’ll be doing that with all our overseas markets. For whatever reason, our camps have never really nurtured our international markets and now that control is a little bit more in our hands we’re really going to be pushing that issue. So, plan on seeing us there a little bit more.
Were you quietly chuffed with how X had been received by your fans and the music industry?
Yeah, I’m really happy because we worked really hard on it. It was a blast to record Fred Archambault. I look forward to doing another record with him and we really gelled as a band, musically I felt that we really gave our most aggressive music and on the completely opposite side gave some of our most heart felt songs a chance to breathe on the same record. It was a diversity that people missed since the first record seeing both extremities of our band. We did it this time unapologetically and thankfully it was well received.
With that energy behind you does that get you thinking about what you might do with album number eleven?
I think we will play with one of the two extremities and it is going to be the heavy side on the next record. We are going balls to the wall, there’s not going to be any letting up on this next record. It is literally going to be the heaviest and we are going to make a serious statement with number eleven.
Does anything in particular influence that?
It is immediately the decision the band made once we wrapped on X. We had so much fun with our heavier side that we wanted more room on the record for it. We need both sides, we always have a catalogue to lean on when it comes to whether or not someone wants to hear something that is the softer side of our band but on this next record because of some of the heavier tones and heavier magic that we found doing X we wanted to keep going in that direction.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch Nonpoint with (hed) p.e. on the following dates, tickets through Silverback Touring…