No Justice to release Second Avenue
They say everything is bigger in Texas. What, then, is to be said of the band that is bigger than Texas itself? After dominating the Texas and Oklahoma music scenes-from live shows to radio hits-No Justice will release its Carved Records debut, "Second Avenue," on July 6.
Since 2005, No Justice has conquered Texas stages and radio waves with hits including "Never Come Back" and "Don't Walk Away." A rigorous touring schedule, which takes the band across the United States for more than 200 dates a year, has created a national swell leading into the summer release.
Artist: No Justice
Title: Second Avenue
Release date: 07/6/10
Label: Carved Records
Buy at: Amazon
No Justice worked with music producer Dexter Green (Collective Soul) on the new release, using the group’s many musical influences, including metal, ‘80s rock, jazz and also Red Dirt rock, something band Cross Canadian Ragweed has embraced. No Justice front man Steve Rice explains the group’s Red Dirt rock focus as not just a genre, but a way of performing and interacting with the environment and the audience.
“[With Red Dirt] there’s no competition, for the most part, between each other,” Rice says. “We got popular in this area because of our peers, helping us out, taking us in, letting us play their shows.”
With the fusion of various genres to create No Justice’s unique sound, Rice says that’s how his group sets itself apart. His own musical prowess stems from his love of rock staples like Elvis, the Rolling Stones, U2 and Van Morrison.
“All these guys [in the band] have such different influences and do their own thing, and we blend together and make No Justice.”
Rice describes the album's lead single, "Love Song," not as a fairytale, but as a story of love lost. "It's written from a small-town perspective-having missed out on a special opportunity with someone and wanting it back."
"Love Song" balances melancholy lyrics-"How about one more dance / A second chance / To ease my mind … Come on and take my hand"-with an upbeat musical backdrop: rhythmic drums and blazing Red Dirt riffs. The contrast both excites and tugs at the heartstrings, exemplifying the proven radio-ready quality of the band's songwriting.
Rip-roaring album opener, "Going Nowhere," tells the tale of young summer nights, with Rice recounting the nostalgia of a simpler age brimming emotion and void of responsibility: "Lost in the moment, but we didn't care / We were running wild and going nowhere."
"Second Avenue" is out Tuesday, July 6, 2010 on Carved Records.
No Justice tour dates
7/7 FT. WORTH, TX @ 8.0 RESTAURANT & BAR, THE RANCH MUSIC SERIES
7/9 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ WORMY DOG
7/10 STOCKDALE, TX @ KOSCIUSKO HALL W/ WADE BOWEN
7/14 FORTH SMITH, AR @ RIB ROOM
7/15 FAYETTEVILLE, AR @ GEORGES MAJESTIC
7/16 LINCOLN, NE @ UNCLE RON’S
7/17 RIVERTON, IL @ OLD 36 INN
7/19 STILLWATER, OK @ ESKIMO JOES
7/22 CHICAGO, IL @ JOE’S BAR
7/24 DIAMOND, MO @ LUCKY MAGGIES
7/28 COLLEGE STATION, TX @ HURRICANE HARRYS
7/29 ABILENE, TX @ LUCKY MULE SALOON
7/30 FT WORTH, TX @ BILLY BOBS
7/31 WHITE DEER, TX @ WHITE DEER RODEO
8/5 NACOGDOCHES, TX @ BANITA CREEK
8/6 WICHITA FALLS, TX @ THE CRAZY HORSE SALOON
8/11 BURLESON, TX @ OVERTIME – STEVE RICE, RANCH ACOUSTIC SERIES
8/12 DENTON, TX @ ROCKIN RODEO
8/13 TERRELL, TX @ SILVER SALOON
8/14 DAVIS, OK @ THE ARBUCKLE BALLROOM
8/20 AUSTIN, TX @ MIDNIGHT RODEO
8/21 PLANO. TX @ LOVE AND WAR IN TEXAS
8/27 JUSTIN, TX @ THE MULE BARN
9/10 AMARILLO, TX @ MIDNIGHT RODEO 9/11 LUBBOCK, TX WILD WEST
9/25 BORGER, TX @ HOPE CRUTCH RANCH W/SAWYER BROWN
2nd Avenue: Cut by Cut
Steve Rice of No Justice
I write songs about relationships and this song is about losing the love of “the one” and trying to get it back, not knowing where they are emotionally and physically at the present time. This is a story about the journey to getting back to where you once were with the one you love.
Broken Heart Tattoo
This is a story about reflecting over all the crazy and wonderful times you have had with your significant other and telling them that the ride is far from over.
Coming up the River
A bluesy story about passion, this was the last song we put on the record. I was going to write one, when Jonny Cooper, Dex Green and Derek Hoke presented this song to me. It was exactly what I was looking for and it really rounded out the record.
Five more Minutes
I wanted to write about missing the opportunity for being afraid of the risks involved in a relationship. Then, after realizing what you had, leaving everything you know and have behind to follow your heart.
I was reflecting back to the teenage years when life had no responsibilities and you had nothing to lose. Being wild and crazy was an everyday way of life and your boyfriend/girlfriend was the biggest thing in the world. When you put them all into perspective, the relationships, partying, etc were all just “Going Nowhere”.
Gone Aint Far Enough
No matter how far you run, you can’t escape a broken heart.
Heart on a Chain
I wrote this song about a friend of mine in the army. He gave his girlfriend a heart pendant on a chain and told her that she had his heart and to wear it around hers while he was away on tour because he was going to come back for her. When he returned, I got the privilege to play this song that I wrote for them right before he got down on a knee and asked her to marry him.
Just Get Going
A song about breaking up and the BS that follows, they are giving you all the reasons why they are leaving, when in reality, we don’t really wanna hear it. We want them to spare the small talk and get out of our life so we can move on.
This tells the story of tracking down and telling an old lover that you have grown up and changed your old ways and asking for another chance to see if what you once had was actually the real deal.
Written by friend and singer/songwriter George Devore while he was in Europe, seeing all the servicemen in a line heading to Bosnia and realizing that it could be the end of the world and wishing he could be with the one he loved.
"Second Avenue" by No Justice - release date: 07/6/10..