It's hard to believe that at the end of the decade, any band once labeled "nu metal" is still going strong. So leave it to musicians from South Florida, land of anomalies. In late 2009, Fort Lauderdale's Nonpoint still enjoys an active touring career and a healthy, loyal fan base. The key to the foursome's success has largely been its attention to those fans and hometown pride. The bandmates have always flown the South Florida flag, even after they landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, a feat they've repeated seven times since 2001. And in the era of waning record sales, Nonpoint wisely spends much of its time on the road, continuing to expand its audience organically by word of mouth about high-octane live shows.
Recent years have seen some label troubles. The group abandoned Lava Records in the mid-'00s in favor of the local Bieler Bros. imprint. They split with Bieler Bros. early this year but continued without a hitch. In May, Nonpoint headed to the studio to begin work on a new studio album. A teaser EP, Cut the Chord, was released earlier this month, featuring acoustic renditions of old fan favorites. The new disc is due out in spring next year.