One Less Reason

A band after my own heart – the Tennessee-based 5-piece known as One Less Reason knows when some of the best music was made: 90’s rock baby. That’s where it’s at; “Loved and still love all those bands; Matchbox 20, Better than Ezra, Tonic, Third Eye Blind, etc...” not to mention Eve 6 and Smashing Pumpkins! I miss those times!

One Less Reason is bringing their own fresh take on alternative rock today however, having already released four albums independently since their inception in 2003, cumulatively exceeding digital sales totaling over 400,000. They’ve even played with bands like Shinedown and Seether, as well PEV alum OneRepublic and another great 90’s act in Fuel. Their latest record, “Faces & Four Letter Words” was actually originally released independently in August 2010 (debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart!). However, after the crew joined up with Arsenic Records, they re-recorded the album into something even bigger and better: “It really lyrically connects to the human condition. We all feel the same things and go through the same things as humans and so it’s nice to hear sometimes that someone else has been where you are and you aren't alone.”

The band continues, giving us some insight on their sound: “We only write about things that we’re going through or have gone through in the past. We never write fiction lyrics that are just there because it sounded good in a rhyme scheme. Instead we want to meet people where they are in their lives and when they hear one of our songs they can say ‘I have felt like that before... or do right now.’”  One Less Reason is out on the road now supporting “Faces & Four Letter Words” hard, so check out their schedule. There’s so much more to learn, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.XXQs: One Less Reason

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

One Less Reason is probably a little more serious in the lyrics department than a lot of bands in our genre. We have actually had some people as "Why are you always so serious in all your songs" Well... I only write about things that I am going through or have gone through in the past. I never write what i call fiction lyrics that are just there because it sounded good in a rhyme scheme. Instead we want to meet people where they are in their lives and when they hear one of our songs they can say "I have felt like that before... or do right now"

PEV: Based out of Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

We all grew up listening to 90's rock... loved and still love all those bands Matchbox 20, Better Than Ezra, Tonic...Third eye blind etc.... Seemed like those guys really knew what they were doing and really knew how to put songs together and I think that’s why we still hear them on the radio 15 years later.  My first concert was Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood tour and though I was very young but about 6 snare hits into Kickstart my heart I remember saying... that is what I wanna do.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene is like in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

Jackson has always had a ton of great bands. Full devil jacket, Carl Perkins and a lot of young bands coming out now. Memphis on the other hand seems to go in cycles...A ton of bands and a pumping scene to no bands and the scene almost at a stand still. Jackson was just kind of a building of the fan base but Memphis was a little tougher because its almost like you have to have an established band in Memphis put you on their bill to validate you to their fans and after a few of the those shows it snow balled.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live One Less Reason show?

We have always prided ourselves in being able to pull our songs off live as well as they are on cd. So we try to be meticulous and make the show enjoyable to listen to as well as fun. Anyone can sit at home and listen to the cd so live we try to throw in a thing or two that’s unexpected. A cover tune here or there and always changing out songs in the set.  

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

I have played so many shows now that the excitement is there of course and there are a million things going through your mind as you walk out but mostly I am thinking "Ok what city am I in and what is the name of the venue" because if you yell out anything other than where you are and the name of the venue you are in big trouble! :) I was in Sebastian Florida once and I really thought I was in New Port Richey Florida and I just kept saying " Thank you New port Richey" finally my guitar tech walked out and whispered in my ear "You're in Sebastian Florida" hahahaha But it did make a great story the next night when I was actually in New Port Richey!

PEV: Having all been in other bands before how is playing with One Less Reason different then those other works?

Actually the reason I know all the guys in the band now is because I worked with them producing one of their other bands and when that fell apart and I needed new guys for OLR it just worked. I had known them for a long time and so we were already friends and there wasn’t that getting to know each other period that is always awkward with a new member.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

Everyone one of my songs is really just the last 8 years of my life put over music. I have such a hard time trying to write about things that I haven’t gone through   or experienced myself. For me it just seems like I am faking it if I do that. Also I love to listen to people talk when they are just being honest and don’t think anyone is really listening. People can be truly brilliant when they aren’t trying so hard.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

There have been so many times that I was just like..."Okay, I am done with this stupid business," but then I would find myself back to work 20 minutes later. In every business the harder you work the more it pays off and though it has been a lot of work I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of One Less Reason?

Probably how political we are. I am not sure how it is in other bands but if you were riding in the van with us you would probably hear things like how legislation is on the floor to push through new law to further implement blah, blah... I won’t get in to all of that.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

Yes, when I was very young I went with a friend and his parents to a Motley Crue show and about 20 seconds in to Kickstart my heart I knew I had found my calling!!

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, “Faces & Four Letters Word”.  What can fans expect from this? How is this different from past works?

Faces and four letter words took the longest to make but also has been the most fulfilling.  It really lyrically connects to the human condition. We all feel the same things and go through the same things as humans and so It's nice to hear sometimes that someone else has been where you are and you aren't alone.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

The road is a funny thing. I love to tour and perform and meet new people and share our music with people that know it and turning new people on to it. but at the same time being away from your family and missing certain things is hard sometimes.  

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

We REALLY want to go to Europe. We have never made that trip but it is def on my list. It seems like rock music is really alive and well there and people are still excited about it.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

You know sometimes when you are starting out the people that care about you try to talk you out of  playing music for a living. But at some point there is a turning point where  you start making a living doing it and they go... "Oh so that is what you were going for?"  But for the most part they have been very supportive. Playing in Jackson and Memphis TN is the best. They know every word of every song you play and sing it louder than the P.A. at times  

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

I personally like to travel... I will usually be home a couple days and then be off to somewhere else. I’m not much for sitting at home.  

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

Rob Thomas would be the one. He has a way with words and melody that are just amazing. And honestly the first Matchbox 20  just made me feel on such a level that no other record had ever done.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

Oh yeah some good friends of mine in a band called Sore eyes that are really coming up quick and also a band out of Nashville called Reform the resistance and out of Oklahoma some friends of ours in a band called 9 left dead. All great bands and really cool people.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

I can’t speak for the others but I do believe Id I wasn’t playing music I would be involved with it in one way or another through studio work or writing of some kind. It really is the one thing that has always made sense to me.

PEV: So, what is next for One Less Reason?

We are going to tour and tour and tour and try to introduce our music to as many people as we can and see where it takes us. We have put years into this and know that we are really just now getting started and we are fine with that. It gonna be good times. 

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