Nowhere To Be Found sent me a message on Instagram last week. It was one of those automated ones they send out to their followers from time to time, but it stated that they wanted my feedback on their music. This struck me in a curious way, as I found a place to hide at work so I could stare at my phone. I rattled off a quick message saying that I would review their newest single, and a few hours later they (or the individual running their Instagram page at least) messaged me back quickly after I said I would review their single. Again, I was amazed the band interacted with their fans.
This band is pretty big (they have twenty eight thousand followers on Instagram and have songs featuring Matty Mullins and Emily Lazar, somehow, I think they’ve “made it”) and they’re still reaching out to their fans like this. They haven’t lost sight of how vital their fanbase is to their success.
Who Are They?
Nowhere To Be Found is not signed internationally, and in their home country of Portugal they are signed to Farol Musica. They have been produced by some big names, such as Henrik Udd, who has worked with Bring Me The Horizon and The Architects. Ted Jensen has offered his Grammy-award-winning-abilities to master their songs as well.
If the appearance of Matty Mullins on one of their singles or the producer’s track record wasn’t a big enough clue, the band resides within the “alternative metal” category. Judging from the songs on their YouTube page, I agree with this label. They are similar to the lighter side of A Day To Remember. Perhaps post-hardcore” would be a better genre tag? Whatever label you want to put on Nowhere To Be Found, their music is a nice mix of crunching guitars and clean vocals wrapped in a radio friendly atmosphere.
The latest single, “Traverse” features Matty Mullins, who has a way of adding a gloriously pop-punk texture to any song he sings on. “Traverse” is no different. The tune rides the line perfectly between hard rock and pop-punk. At times the song flirts with a harder side, but it never tips fully into hard rock. Lyrically, the song focuses on a common, though tangible theme of the genre: healing and coming together.
Be sure to watch their video for “Traverse”, I have it posted below. The band also has a good cover of “Closer”, which was originally done by The Chainsmokers.
You can find them on social media, and I encourage you to do so: