Tribute To Nothing
One of the longest running bands in Herefordshire & Worcestershire, having formed in 1992.
When Polygram decided to close down the Go Discs label, the brothers decided to take the bull by the horns and form their own label.
Lockjaw Records was born in 1997. During this period TTN's music was developing at a phenomenal rate.
Their style of frenzied guitar led punk was changing into a bludgeoning blend of riffs and time changes.
Sam's vocals expanded into melodic choruses and screaming verses, and Jim and Ben added new layers of samples and programming to enhance their powerful live sound.
Tribute to Nothing's first release on Lockjaw Records was 'Finding my own mind' which was named single of the week by Kerrang!, and Metal Hammer's guest reviewer 'Ice T' gave them 5 out of 5.
Melody Maker simply proclaimed them 'Completely Ace'.
1992 was the year that Tribute to Nothing was unleashed on an unsuspecting British public.
Formed initially by the three Turner brothers and a couple of school mates, the band soon became a three-piece when the other members decided to concentrate on boring things like exams!
Ben, Jim and Sam soon built up a frenzied live reputation following early shows around their home town of Worcester and after The Mean Fiddler gave them their first London show there was no stopping them.
NME photographer and punk label boss Martyn Goodacre saw the band at one of their London shows and immediately offered to release a single. 'Office Jobs' was soon followed by '24 Hours' and John Peel not only played their singles but offered the band a live session on BBC Radio 1.
Phoenix '94 followed soon after, where TTN played to a packed Melody Maker stage, and was seen by Polygram subsidiary GO! DISCS who immediately offered them a deal. The debut single for GO! ('Can't Get UP') made single of the week on BBC Radio 1's Evening Session.
'Think You Should' came next and proved an instant favourite, followed by 'Straight Line' which achieved Top Ten status on ITV's Chart Show, and was later a featured track on the highly acclaimed and successful snowboard video 'Daytripper', released on A&M records.
They released their 4th studio album in 2002 and were delighted to read in the Christmas edition of Kerrang! that it had been listed in the magazine's Top Twenty Albums of 2002.
Rocksound's Andy Lapham said: "They've outgrown skatecore, evolving into a gutsy hardcore/rock 'n' roll hybrid unafraid to break the moulds of the genre. Inspirational."
Metal Hammer's Dan Silver wrote: "Adding a distinct layer of English grime to the churning, crunching, discordant riffs, Tribute rail against the shortcomings of modern life in impressively vitriolic style."
Kerrang's Simon Young quoted: "Their sound is more mature and more angry than ever….they are the aural equivalent of a frenzied hammer attack…a soundtrack for the discontented."
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last updated: 10/11/2009 at 23:50
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