Band Profile

No Use For A Name

No Use For A Name
Hometown: San Jose, California Current Label: Fat Wreck Chords Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Tony Sly - Vocals & Guitar
Rory Koff - Drums
Matt Riddle - Bass & Vocals
Chris Rest - Guitar

No Use For A Name Bio:

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. They 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 in 1993. 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 first for us at Fat. And a last too, ha!

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, Canada, and Japan 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.

With this big ol’ wave of momentum, the band was then asked to be the first to record a Live In A Dive album for Fat. After eagerly launching that series, they released one of their most successful full lengths to date, Hard Rock Bottom. It was all academic from there, as NO USE spent 2002 on the Warped Tour’s mainstage, and later joined Sum 41 on a big tour, which was a hoot by all accounts.

NO USE’s most recent accomplishment came in the form of 2005’s full length, Keep Them Confused. They spent months practicing, demo-ing, writing, re-writing, and ultimately perfecting 13 brand new hits that made up this phenomenal full length. NUFAN did it all on this album: fast catchy punk songs, mid-tempo rockers, and a couple slow-paced tear-jerking hits. All this only further strengthened their touring dominance as mainstage headliners of the 2005 Warped Tour. They followed that up with their own headlining tour of the States, Europe, and Japan.

NUFAN recently embarked on an intimate small club, US mini-tour along with a trip to South America in support of their “Best of” collection, All the Best Songs, which came out in July of 2007. This essential “mix tape” of their best songs is a reminder of their timeless relevance and documents the band’s sincere dedication to quality songwriting and energetic punk rock. For two decades NUFAN has been a mainstay of the genre with over 1 million records sold worldwide.

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 than their upcoming 9th proper studio release, The Feel Good Record of the Year. The band recorded in Ft. Collins, CO at the Blasting Room with legendary producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag, Only Crime). This could very well be their best record to date, both in song quality and production value. The 14 song record is a perfect blend of all their previous albums and will be released April 1ST, 2008. Look for the band as main support for NOFX on the 2008 US Fat Tour followed by an extensive European tour in April.

23 Comments

  1. Mohmed7/23/2012 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Thank you to Richard and to Didrik’s for hosting such a loelvy dinner. The atmosphere was cozy, inviting, and relaxing. The food was amazing (more on that in the next post). And the place settings and table decorations: modern, clean, and elegant. I think the table would be a great place to host a small dinner party or work function, with food more elegant than you would cook at home.

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  11. allaka-rab
    Allaka Rab1/5/2014 12:37 AM | Permalink

    where’s steve??

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  14. Johanstill10/6/2015 1:59 AM | Permalink

    this is nice.

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  19. teridean725
    teridean7253/1/2017 4:37 AM | Permalink

    Its great.

  20. garrykelley84
    garrykelley843/16/2017 7:18 AM | Permalink

    Well Done

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