by Kelsey Haugen
Let's review No Tide's brief history: The Lincoln-based band was founded in May 2011, signed a record deal with Anchor Eighty Four and released I Hope I Don't Get Left Outside in February 2012 then went on a 16-state tour in June. Not bad for four guys born in the '90s.
Just last Thursday, No Tide returned from its trip to the East Coast, Southeast and back through the Midwest. Storm the Bay and June’s Not Faking split the dates with No Tide, whose band members go by Will Conner, guitarist and lead singer, Evan Mountford, bassist, Shane Standlea, guitarist, and Austin Riffle, drummer.
“We all kind of grew up listening to Green Day and Blink 182, but for this band, we’re influenced by newer groups like Title Fight and Transit,” Conner says. “I think we play a lot faster music now… a new school (style) that’s different from the '90s wave of pop punk.”
Though the tour was not No Tide’s first, it featured shows in many states they'd never played.
“We’ve done a couple tours in the Midwest, but this is our first time on any coast,” Conner says. “We went to New York, all the way down the coast through Georgia, on to San Antonio, then back closer to Nebraska.
"We played in Staten Island, New York, which was awesome, but my favorite place might have been Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” Conner says. “The venue there was a block from the boardwalk, so we got to hang out on the beach.”
For the first half of the tour, No Tide performed with Storm the Bay, a band from Rochester, N.Y., which is also signed with Anchor Eighty Four Records. The second half was with June’s Not Faking, a group from San Antonio, Texas.
About a month ago, one of No Tide’s guitarists left the band, so the group will be working on starting a new guitarist now that they’re back home. Next March, they will be in Boston, Mass., recording a new EP.
“We’re really focusing on getting a bunch of new material to record in March, but we’re sure to have more touring during fall break or in December,” Conner said.
As for upcoming shows, No Tide will be performing in Omaha at The Sandbox on July 22. The group will open for Daytrader and Major League.
Kelsey Haugen is a Hear Nebraska intern. She went to high school with a couple of No Tide’s members and is excited about how far they’ve come. Reach her at email@example.com.