Details of H20 and the Ticket Luck value
H2O is a NYC music band that has been blasting its specific blend of hardcore energy and pop-friendly melody all around the globe to fans of all kinds of music.
H20s name reflects the bands intentions of presenting the world with something pure and vital- melodic hardcore which showcased influences like 7 Seconds, Gorilla Biscuits, Verbal Assault, and Dag Nasty along with some heavy elements drawn from the likes of Sick Of It All and Agnostic Font.
The bands line up includes Toby Morse for Vocals and Guitar, Rusty Pistachio on Guitar, Adam Blake on Bass and Todd Morse on Drums. In 1995 few guys and a former roadie from New York started a band which soon turned into a world-touring powerhouse.
After hooking up with childhood friend Rusty Pistachio, Toby Moris set about assembling the group. The band headed to Europe as the opening act for Sick Of It All. Upon their return to the States, Toby and Rusty recruited drum prodigy Todd Friend, and guitarist Todd Morse (Toby's brother) and went to work on H2O's self-titled debut album.
Together, they scoured the New York hardcore scene to find the necessary talent to help write the songs that would appear on their first record - a 7 released on Equal Vision Records - which was most people's introduction to the band. After recruiting Shelter bass player Adam Blake to complete their lineup, H2O hit the road once again.
After touring for more than a year, the band headed back into the studio to record their sophomore effort and their first release for Epitaph Records. The result, Thicker Than Water, further refined H2O's signature sound. The time from 1996 to 2003 was inevitable - four albums on Blackout!, Epitaph, and MCA records with over 300,000 copies sold, constant world touring with the likes of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid, AFI, Pennywise, & the Used, Sick Of It All, the Misfits, 7 Seconds, and Madball, as well as runs on the Warped Tour - H2O established itself as a household name and inspired countless others in their wake.
Through it all, H2O pride themselves on keeping close ties to their fans. The band members answer all their mail personally and can usually be found hanging out in the crowd after their shows. In addition to all that, Todd made entertainment news headlines when he began dating Pink.
The band also released the Faster Than The World home video which covered the history of their career to date. That home video gave fans a closer glimpse at the boys being the band and has gone on to become the best selling home video ever released on Epitaph, and is a proven fan favorite.
In 2000, H2O left Epitaph Records and after a few months signed up with MCA Records. Produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More/The Replacements) came their 4th record, GO - their best work to date, capturing the bands live energy and joy of performing in addition to maintaining the time honored H2O tradition of thought-provoking lyrics with a positive message.
After their much-discussed major label debut, Go, the band went on a 7 year hiatus. During that time Toby Moris and his wife had a baby and moved out to California. He played with Hazen St. and his brother Todd did Juliette and the Licks. Everybody did their own thing for a while but they didnt break apart rather stayed visible to their fans.
Now after seven years they have released their latest album, Nothing To Prove (Bridge Nine Records). Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, Nothing to Prove is a potent melding of power punk and mid-90s hardcore, lacking any macho posturing and soaked with infectiously catchy tunes.
When the Descendents disappeared for a long time, they came back with Everything Sucks and that record was amazing. Produced by Chad Gilbert and recorded with famed engineer Paul Miner, this album is the same. Its a record that when you hear it, youd be like wow, these dudes still got it. Its the most personal record with all the personal sacrifices and vulnerabilities we all feel (Unconditional).
With Sunday, listeners are presented with Morse's personal story - the passing of his father when he and his brother, H2O guitarist, Todd Morse, were young children, and the subsequent birth of his own child on the same day of the week. Toby bares it all in one of the most personal songs H20 has written.
Bassist Adam Blake commented, This is the first time I've ever seen Toby needing to write lyrics. He just kept writing and writing and writing and it came so easy to him once he got started. However, the album is at the same time as raw and in your face as the first couple records.
The ending anthem, What Happened? is a testament to the power of H2O. it is about questioning the ethics and motives of bands and music in general. It is an infectious anthem with appearances by Lou Koller of Sick Of It All and Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio both showing what they do best.
Demonstrating a true understanding of the punk ethos, H2O skips over the angry baggage bogging down the bulk of hardcore and focuses its efforts on hopeful idealism. With 'Nothing to Prove' the band has once more returned to what it does best; creating hard hitting hardcore punk music and the sound created here is therefore really rather excellent to listen to.