Hard work is something Nailpoint has become accustomed to since the band's inception in 2002. Until the Michigan group began touring full-time in January of 2007, the current lineup of Andrew Vincent (Vocals), Mark Vincent (Guitar), Nathan Thompson (Drums) and Wyatt Bade (Guitar) all carried full-time jobs ranging from medical assistant, internet sales and service technician to sheet metal worker, while touring weekends. With the band's first year of 80 + shows, the business demands of being a full-time band grew. Nailpoint adapted, signing sponsorships deals, rebuilding its websites, redesigning merchandise and logos, while establishing its own independent record label (Mad Monkey Records). Some band members still work part-time when not touring.
Recently, the band spent five months in pre-production with producer Tony Palacios before recording their new album, all while rehearsing and carrying a tight tour schedule. Before heading into the studio, band members worked odd jobs, earning money to help feed themselves while recording.
"Practice, practice and more practice, " said Bade. "We would rehearse on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, writing lyrics in the morning and practicing for about four hours in the evening. Personally, I would practice guitar for two
hours every morning and two-three hours at night."
Although the band is working hard at building their career, one thing its members will not do is compromise their integrity.
"Meaningful sounding, empty words can come from anyone. Integrity is the means
by which our words are able to carry weight," comments Andrew Vincent.
Demonstrating their passion, the band periodically takes time to perform at prisons while touring. They regularly serve inmates at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center in Port Huron, Michigan and have performed for the inmates at the Oachita River Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Christian Rock Report's Chris Anderson said this about the band in a recent article: "This band performed boldly and shamelessly in front of 260 prisoners
(at Oachita Prison). Hebrews 13:3 says to remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner. They were the first band ever to play in the unit. Eight men came forward to receive Christ. That's what I am talking about right there...truly awesome."
Family is also a top priority for the members of Nailpoint.
"Family is key, without their support we couldn't do this. Traveling around for weeks-at-a-time is tiring even without a family, so having them in our corner helps keep us going. Our families provide us with encouragement and the support
needed to have this kind of life style. Not too many wives would be ok with their husband being gone so much, but ours understand the call and stick by us no matter what. We are so blessed to have families that love and support us as much as they do. We thank God for our families and how
awesome they are," said Mark Vincent.
If you ever see the band at a show or a festival, look for their custom-touring vehicle: a tan Chevy 2500 cargo van, with a chrome Punisher symbol on the hood.
"Our van is quite a piece of work. We took a Chevy Express cargo van and bolted a bench seat in it and a motor home couch behind it that folds down into a bed. We still don't know if its legal. We also bolted a skull on the hood that was
made for a semi... just to add a little class when we arrive at a venue or
festival," said Thompson.