Don't let their name fool you, Nothing To Offer from the southeastern state of Florida actually has A LOT to offer to the metalcore genre. For a band who has been around for three years, these guys have already accomplished a great deal. The Metal Experience were lucky enough to find out about them because their bassist Matt Widuch was previously in a band from the Chicago area back in the day called The Blank Standard. Once Matt moved to Florida, he let us know about his newest adventure and we had to check them out. After their amazing EP Recondition (which released last summer), we watched as the band continued to grow. We are excited to present you with the interview that we did with the band recently.
How did the band form?
“Patrikk here! I’ll have to answer the first two questions since I’m the only original member! Anyway, the band formed from me and a friend of mine named Justin, who played guitar. Back in the last third of 2011, me and him “formed” a band under a completely different name, and although we wanted to do the music thing, it was more along the lines of friends who hung out and ate a lot of pizza, that just so happened to play music sometimes. To put that in perspective, we wrote ONE song in that entire time (that is actually STILL on YouTube under it’s demo version!); So, almost a year. After that project “surprisingly” died off in the summer of 2012, about a year later (mid 2013), Justin contacted me again and essentially said “Hey, let’s do this for real.”. He gave me a proper tryout like he should have, and I got the spot. I actually played “Hook, Line, and Sinner” by Texas In July for my tryout. The vocalist at the time, Reed, said he didn’t need to see anyone else play because I was apparently perfect for it. For the rest of 2013, we focused very hard on music, our name, social presence, and doing things right. We officially started in early 2014, and here was are in mid 2017, doing pretty well considering everything NTO has been through!”
How did you come up with your band name?
"Band name. Oh Lord. So, the band name is essentially the most important part of being a band. It’s what people hear, and know your entire existence as. Anyway, we all pitched in names for months; Me, Justin, Zack, Reed, and Tyler. There were a few names that 4 of us went “YES!” and the remaining member said “I hate it.”. It went like that for a while, then one day Reed popped out “How about Nothing To Offer?”. None of us were crazy about it, but none of us hated it, so it became the name, officially, that night, and all social accounts were created! It’s funny, I actually feel really bad because when I went to make the Nothing To Offer page, there was already a page on Facebook named Nothing To Offer, that was a metal band as well, but, they hadn’t posted in 3 years, nothing was active, etc, so I messaged the page owner and asked if he would be opposed to removing it. SOMEHOW, he said “Sure dude! Go right ahead, I’m not gonna use it!”, and thus NTO was born online! I felt like, and continue to feel like such a jerk for that."
How did you guys get into the metal scene?
"Collectively, we all got into this because it’s what we like and are drawn to. The energy, the crowds, even just the time listening to it by ourselves makes us feel pumped, and happy. We like the feeling of knowing we very easily could make it if we play our cards right, which we have been doing."
Last summer you released an epic EP called Recondition, where did you record that at?
"We actually recorded the guitars, bass, and vocals at Matt's house, and Patrikk (painstakingly) typed out the drums that he wrote, and after we got everything recorded and done, we sent it off to a guy in Belarus to mix and master it, and the rest is history."
How does the band’s writing process work?
"At this point of where we are, Sheldon and Mahlek come up with the guitars, but it's more of a "band" effort now. From there, we all kinda say "Hey, this is awesome!" or "Hey, this is not so awesome, let's try this!", so we're all a part of the writing process now. In the past, it was the guitars were completely written separately, and not much changed from the one person, so it's nice to have everyone a part of it. Matthew does his vocals with some rhythm and phrasing tips from everyone, and Patrikk does drums. As far as lyrics go, we don't 100% leave it to Matthew; if we wanna add some lyrics or anything, we throw the idea at everyone. Patrikk actually wrote the lyrics for the song "Recondition.""
You recently teased on your Facebook page pictures of a photo shoot that said "Were up to something." Are you able to discuss what that something is now?
"That something is redefining who we are. We have went through our share of member changes and set backs, so it was "starting over". - Actually, that's what the title of the EP Recondition was meant to be: Rebuilding. Now that we have such a set lineup and goal, it’s all coming together very smoothly."
You did a cover of "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars, what made you chose that song to cover?
"That was when all the members were different except for Patrikk, although Matt joined around that time. Patrikk and then guitarist, Justin, actually asked our Facebook followers what song to cover, and "Uptown Funk" came to be the most popular. After the writing process was done, we actually recorded our previous vocalist Tanner in the song, but, well, we just needed someone else on it, and after a few months, we finally picked Matthew up, and released the song months later than we had planned."
"Matt Widuch used to live in Chicago and was in a band called The Blank Standard. That's how we found out about you guys. Luco (the other host of our podcast) wants to know why did Matt leave him, when is he coming back out here to visit and when will you be playing a show in the Chicago area."
"Haha, well first of all I love and miss you both and I'm grateful for the support you always showed me in The Blank Standard and now in Nothing to Offer. I actually left because of my desire to leave Illinois and move to Florida. I usually visit every summer and for Christmas so I'll definitely hit you guys up. And I would love to eventually make it up to Chicago to play. I miss all my old music friends and the awesome venues!"
Any plans on touring?
"Touring! Yes! We have a tour in August that's doing the southeast of the US! Although, we are currently “taking a break” from shows to work on new material!"
In such a short amount of time, you guys have had so many opportunities to share the stage with national acts, play Warped Tour, even get some recognition by Artery Recordings . What's been your favorite experience so far?
"Patrikk, Matthew and Matt all played a date on Warped Tour in 2015 in Nothing To Offer! That might be the biggest thing we have done considering that gave us the opportunity to make our music video for "Osmosis", because the producer/director Sam Link was there and he saw us. He’s done videos for massive bands like Memphis May Fire, and Sleeping With Sirens."
You guys work hard on promoting yourselves, making awesome merch designs, supporting your local scene etc... What advice can you give to bands who are DYI like yourselves?
"Let’s just say labels and big names really appreciate when bands are DIY because it shows they are not reliant on other people. Recently though, we signed with a management company called The Sights Set North, and they’re gonna be helping us with some tours and shows!"
What's next for the group?
"What’s next? We have currently finished up a brand new song, and are in the process of getting it all recorded and done, so there’s that. The upcoming little tour, and who knows, maybe bigger and better things!"
We would like to thank all the guys in Nothing to Offer for taking their time to respond to our questions. The band recently shared on their youtube page a mini tour documentary which was about a "Day in the life" for them as they played a show with TRAITORS for their farewell tour! The shows just keep getting bigger and bigger for Nothing To Offer and the opportunities keep coming. We are excited to hear the new music to come and see where their exciting journey will take them next.
Nothing To Offer Is:
Guitar: Sheldon Rosario
Guitar: Mahlek Lawrence
Drums: Patrikk Hammer
Bass: Matt Widuch
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