By Tyler Fox (@TylerFox585)
In a world flooded with indie music, you need to do something to make your music a little different than everything, but still have a relatable sound to it. Lincoln, Nebraska is home to one band in particular who has mastered this and soon you are going to know about them. No Tide is a powerful pop-punk band that also screams early 2000s indie with some pretty sweet guitar work. Almost instantly you can hear influences out front like Saves the Day and Title Fight with a dash of Braid, Boysnightout, and Northstar in the background (don’t know Northstar? Check them out).
The band released their first full length, Death of the Sun, back at the end of June and it is awesome. I’m not going to sit here and dissect every song on the album; that’s just not what I do. But check out the album on No Tide’s Bandcamp page, and don’t skip over Empty Handed, Sunday Morning, and Delusions of Grandeur. I recently spoke with singer/guitarist Will Conner about the band, the new album, and what is going on with the band. Be sure to like them on Facebook and check out their site for merch and to stay up to date on everything.
You guys have been around for a while now. How did everything get started for the band?
I (Will) started the band in 2012. No Tide sort of started out of the departure of playing in a high school band. I wanted to start something more serious.
Nebraska is home to some extremely influential indie bands like Cursive and Bright Eyes, but their time building a scene there has come and gone. What is the scene like there these days?
Most people don’t think of music when they think of Nebraska, if they even know where Nebraska is, but there definitely has been and still are great bands from here. The amount of support for strictly local shows could be better, as is the case in most places around the US these days. The bands that work hard to get out there have the best “luck” in our area getting crowds out to see live music, which isn’t really a surprise. Though you wouldn’t think it, there are a bunch of really cool Punk, Indie, Hardcore, Folk, as well as plenty of other kinds of bands in Lincoln and Omaha.
The band has put out the last three releases through Take This To Heart Records out of Massachusetts. What made you guys hook up with them halfway across the country and what has it been like working with them?
We started working with them for a four band split 7” they were putting together, and right off the bat we realized they were doing something really cool and their roster was growing with more and more good bands. After doing the split record for them we put out our live recorded EP called “Daydream”, and then finally this year, released our first full length album “Death Of The Sun” on the label.
Your debut full length, “Death of the Sun,” came out at the end of June, and is fantastic. The whole album has this youthful passionate energy and you can tell that the band put their all into making the first full length truly amazing. Where did you guys find inspiration for this album, be it other bands or personal issues?
Thanks a lot for the kind words. We really did put our all into this record and it’s the one we’re most proud of. The inspiration trickles in song by song like it always does for me. I’m always writing whether it’s for a release or not, so we just try and develop on all the ideas that I sort of build after a while. There are tons of bands we look up to for writing music; one that a few of us really draw from is Third Eye Blind. We feel like our music is a mix of punk and that melancholy style of 90’s alternative.
You guys worked with the prolific producer and (sadly) now former Defeater member Jay Maas. What was it like working with him? How did that come to be?
Recording “Death Of The Sun” was technically our 3rd time working with Jay and as always it was awesome. The first time I got in touch with Jay was definitely the old-fashioned way, I saw his name in the credits for a Title Fight record I really enjoyed so I went ahead and contacted him and he hit us right back. He is very down to earth and wants your band to sound as good as it possibly can. He mixed and mastered our first ever EP, so after that we decided to go out to Massachusetts for the first time to have him produce our EP called “Meridian”. Fast forward to current times and we went out once again to his studio north of Boston to produce the first full length album. He pushed everyone to be our best and his production is nothing short of amazing. Our drummer Sean is very good at what he does and when he got together with Jay it just really clicked. He ended up tracking the drums for the entire album in only 4 hours, which is ridiculous.
The band just released a video for “Sunday Morning” from the new album. Is that the band’s first video? What was it like shooting it?
Sunday Morning was filmed in Phoenix, AZ by director Cory Davis and we were really excited to see the concept come to life. This was actually our 3rd music video, we did videos for 2 songs from the Daydream EP, “Where We Went Wrong” and “Only Alone.”
What should we be on the lookout for in the coming months from No Tide (shows, tours, new music)?
We’ve got a few shows in our area over the next couple months, we spent a lot of 2015 on the road so we’ll be enjoying some time with our families during the holidays but we are making plans for touring in early 2016. The next thing we’ll be doing is looking towards doing some more videos for songs from the new record.
We’d like to thank Will Conner and the rest of No Tide for their time and the great photos. Check out the links above and follow them on Twitter as well.