NO USE FOR A NAME
Tony Sly - Vocals & Guitar
Rory Koff - Drums
Dave Nassie - Guitar
Matt Riddle - Bass
No Use For A Name are one of independent music's most dominant and everlasting forces; and nothing could solidify their firm grip on the underground more so than their newest record, Hard Rock Bottom. It's their fourth FAT full length and documents the band's sincere dedication to quality songwriting and energetic punk rock. For a decade NUFAN has been a mainstay of the genre and the brilliant Hard Rock Bottom is a true breakthrough.
No Use For A Name are a four piece punk rock band from San Jose, CA, and have been the torchbearers of the skate-punk scene since Tony Sly and Rory Koff started the band in 1987. The band had completed two full lengths, Incognito and Don't Miss the Train, by the time we got wise to their brilliance and snatched them up. Their first FAT release, The Daily Grind, was so well received that they got right back in the studio to record their Leche Con Carne full length. It's a good thing they did because Leche Con Carne was hugely successful and the video for "Soulmate" was added to heavy rotation on MTV, which was a FAT first!
After the release of Leche Con Carne, Chris Shiflett joined the band, and in addition, Matt Riddle, formerly of Face to Face, took over the bass playing duties and broadened the band's sound even more. The talents of the new, powerful line-up shone on their third FAT release, Making Friends. This release highlighted the ability of the four members to work together to produce catchy, clever punk rock tunes, with introspective lyrics that make even the dumbest punk rocker sit back and think.
The success of Leche Con Carne and Making Friends and the band's reputation for energetic live shows resulted in numerous tours across the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Canada with bands like The Offspring and NOFX, as well as several stints on the Warped Tour in the U.S. and Europe. No Use For A Name then went back into the studio in July of '99 to record their next record, More Betterness. Less than 2 weeks before touring for More Betterness began, Chris Shifflet left to join the Foo Fighters, and was immediately replaced by Dave Nassie, formerly of Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves. No Use For A Name went on to enjoy profound touring success as they toured Australia and headlined the Fat Wreck Chords Tour throughout Europe and the U.S.
After years of rigorous touring and perfecting their live show, No Use's next decision was plainly obvious: do a live record! No Use For A Name's Live In A Dive is the first in a series of live records to be released on Fat Wreck Chords, and a helluva good start if you ask us. This could be the perfect live record; we used a state-of-the-art 24 track recording studio to capture this sold out show at the Palace in L.A., and Live In A Dive features songs from every era of the band's career. Needless to say, it was one of Fat's biggest successes of 2001.
All that aside, No Use's greatest accomplishment comes most recently in the form of their full length Hard Rock Bottom. We ain't shittin' either! They've spent the last many months practicing, demo-ing, writing, re-writing, and ultimately perfecting 13 brand new hits that make up the phenomenal Hard Rock Bottom. After one listen, the impeccable and infectious melodies overcome the listener; but what makes this new record truly exceptional is it's diversity of sound. NUFAN do it all on this album: fast catchy punk songs, mid-tempo rockers, and a couple slow-paced tear-jerking hits. All this will only further strengthen their touring dominance, 'cuz dudes, these guys sell out EVERY show ANYWHERE, and you can expect only more good things to come from No Use!