thebandwithnoname, also sometimes referred to as "TBWNN" by fans, are a Christian band who were launched by Innervation Trust in March 2002, as a "flagship" band. Innervation Trust is a Christian charity that exists to recruit and resource schools teams, dubbed "Collectives", each dedicated to a major city in the UK. Innervation Trust is the product of Mark Pennells and Zarc Porter, a songwriter/producer partnership also credited with writing most of the music for, and co-founding, the World Wide Message Tribe.
As an advertising device to raise the profile of the band at its launch, Innervation opened a competition for fans to give the band a name. Fans were invited to vote via the internet for a new name, and the most popular ones were placed in a shortlist from which fans could vote for their favourite. However, the band had already released a single (Take Up The Tempo, which would also appear on their first album "The Blitz"), and performed a high-profile launch concert at Soul Survivor 2002, both under the name "thebandwithnoname". Fan response was in favour of the name being retained.
Innervation and the band specify that the name should always be written in lower case as one word. Although distinctive, the name has consistently been written incorrectly since its inception, even by reviewers and concert promoters (Bandwithnoname, The Band With No Name, etc).
In 2008, thebandwithnoname announced a very different lineup. Jonathon Moore (who had the stage name "J")left the band in order to work on other projects, and tbwnn also said goodbye to their two of their professional backing dancers, in order to accommodate two new members, and a new dancer. This year the band features a live rock band on stage with them, with a new guitarist and drummer. Leon, is also spending time DJ'ing as well as singing.
thebandwithnoname's debut album "The Blitz", produced by Porter, was released almost as soon as the band's lineup was finalised. thebandwithnoname were then a three-piece group, the members being Adam Brown (known as Presha while with thebandwithnoname); Bobby Joel Stearns (known with thebandwithnoname as The Bobsta); and Chip Kendall (known in thebandwithnoname as Chip K). The "Blitz Tour" took place in 2002/2003, a 60-date tour to promote this album, and also featured Doug Walker (Manchester-based singer/songwriter) as a support act. Bobby Joel Stearns is now one-third of electrosoul outfit Unklejam.
Schizophrenix was the band's second album, and launched the band further into the Christian music scene. The album received very positive reviews. However, Bobby Stearns, and later Adam Brown, left the group shortly after the release of Schizophrenix to pursue individual careers (currently Unklejam and Hoolio And Ad-apt respectively). A long period of reduced activity followed for the band, with Zulu (a rapper) and Joshua Philip Oluwadare Morohumobo Kofi Alamu (a singer known simply as "Josh" whilst appearing with thebandwithnoname) occasionally featuring alongside the only remaining original member of the group, Chip K. For some time Innervation failed to recruit any new members for the group.
The band's third album, Dying To Be There, was released on the 23rd Feb 2007, and has so far garnered extremely positive reviews including a 10 square review from Cross Rhythms. Thanks to a "systems failure", several copies were sent to Christian bookshops early and sold well before the release date. In addition the album was sold in the US by the band, before the album was released in the UK.