Nails (band)

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Nails performing in Saarbrücken, Germany in 2014.
Nails performing in Saarbrücken, Germany in 2014.
Background information
OriginOxnard, California, U.S.
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Associated acts
Past members

Nails is an American hardcore punk band from Oxnard, California.[2] The group was formed in 2009 by frontman Todd Jones, formerly the guitarist of Terror,[3] along with bassist John Gianelli and drummer Taylor Young of Disgrace. They released their debut EP Obscene Humanity in 2009, followed by the studio albums Unsilent Death (2010), Abandon All Life (2013) and You Will Never Be One of Us (2016), and a split EP with Full of Hell. Gradually, Nails have achieved widespread critical acclaim for their savage, death metal-infused sound.


The band formed in 2009. They have since released three full-length albums and two EPs. As of June 2014, the band is signed to Nuclear Blast. They released their third album, You Will Never Be One of Us, on June 17, 2016.

On July 25, 2016, the band abruptly cancelled a European tour, with promoters claiming the band were on a hiatus and "had no plans to play live or record again."[4] This also led to cancelling their appearance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. Todd Jones later stated that the band had never taken a hiatus.[5] In December 2016, the band returned by playing at The Power of the Riff festival and releasing a split 7" with Full of Hell.[6][7][8]

Musical style[edit]

In a review of Abandon All Life, Pitchfork wrote that "Nails cram their brief but constantly shifting tracks with a chaotic, complex blend of hardcore punk, D-beat, grindcore, powerviolence, and death metal."[9] In a 2013 interview for Invisible Oranges, Todd Jones named crust punk, death metal, and Japanese hardcore as the band's foremost musical influences.[10] Rushonrock cited Nails, alongside Trap Them, as key players of the contemporary American crust scene.[11]


  • Todd Jones – vocals, guitar (2009–present)[12][13]
  • John Gianelli – bass (2009–present)
  • Taylor Young – drums (2009–present)[14]
  • Leon del Muerte – guitar (2016–present)
  • Andy Saba - guitar (2014-2015)
  • Tom Hogan - drums (2007-2009)
Touring musicians


Studio albums[edit]



  1. ^ Vallecillo, Alix (April 18, 2016). "Nails announce North American tour with Full of Hell, Terrorizer". Metal Insider. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Chichester, Sammi. "Interview: Nails Talk New Album, Abandon All Life". Revolver Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. ^ Roche, Jason (July 19, 2016). "Oxnard Band Nails Bring Punks, Metal Heads and Hardcore Kids Together". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Pasbani, Robert (July 25, 2016). "NAILS Cancel Tour Dates, Reportedly Go On Hiatus". Metal Injection. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Lach, Stef (October 18, 2016). "Nails: We never went on hiatus". Team Rock. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Kennelty, Greg (October 17, 2016). "NAILS To Play THE POWER OF THE RIFF Festival In December". Metal Injection. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "NAILS / FULL OF HELL SPLIT 7" COMING DECEMBER 2ND". Full of Hell. October 12, 2016. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Bellino, Vince (November 8, 2016). "Full Stream: Nails/Full of Hell Split 7". Decibel. Archived from the original on November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Nails – Abandon All Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Interview: Todd Jones of Nails". Invisible Oranges. April 26, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Holmes, Richard (28 April 2016). "Totem Skin – Weltschmerz". Rushonrock. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  12. ^ Kennelty, Greg (2 June 2014). "NAILS' Frontman Explains Why The Band Will Never Tour Extensively". Metal Injection. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  13. ^ "TODD JONES OF NAILS #NARDCORE #MOSHING". Metal Sucks. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Disgrace (Nails/Twitching Tongues) Debut "Hunt Reprise"". Theprp. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Nails Singer/Guitarist Todd Jones on Touring Full Time: 'When I Tried to Make Music My Livelihood, I Hated It'". Noise Creep. Retrieved 4 October 2014.

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