Chris Albers (Guitar & Vox) and Jay Paulsen (Bass), natives of the island of Hawaii, formed No Second Thought in Hollywood, CA in 2007. Chris and Jay, the dynamic duo, wrote and recorded their first album—“Monster”—with their original drummer, Mario Lackner, in a professional studio setting in Hollywood. Soon after the release of “Monster,” Mario left the band to pursue a job opportunity back home in Europe.
For the next two years, No Second Thought searched long and hard to find a drummer to replace Mario, whose shoes were not easy to fill. The band tried out countless people before receiving an email from a talented young drummer from the east coast.
A few days earlier, Jay had met a young musician, Adam, at the Piano Bar in Hollywood. He mentioned to Adam that his band, No Second Thought, had been looking for a drummer for quite a while with no luck. Adam happened to have a really good friend, Jason Austan, who played drums and shared the same musical influences. Jason immediately connected with Chris who asked him to learn a few songs. About two weeks later, he came to the audition knowing the entire album. It sounded as though the three had been playing together for years. Soon after, No Second Thought began playing shows around Los Angeles while promoting their album, “Monster.”
No Second Thought’s songs began to take on a new shape with the new drummer's unique style of playing. Months passed, and No Second Thought began writing new material. The band talked about their shared desire to write an aggressive and raw next album. Chris studied recording at LA Music Academy and decided to take control of the engineering, mixing, and mastering on this new album. No Second Thought recorded their first two songs in their tiny studio space in Hollywood, completing “It’s Your Time” and “Start/Stop” in just a few weeks.
Everything was going great until Friday the 13th, 2011. Jason was in a severe accident and almost lost his left arm and life. While he was in the hospital, the band had no choice but to put their new album on hold until he recovered. In the meantime, Chris took a job with Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, selling merchandise on tour. This became a full time gig, keeping Chris on the road for long stretches of time.
About four months later, through hard work and determination, Jason regained full use of his left arm . No Second Thought was finally able to start playing and writing once again. Although Chris was still on tour for months at a time, No Second Thought played live concerts and recorded whenever he was in town.
Combined with a lot of patience and perseverance, one year later the band had recorded six new songs. No Second Thought self-produced and self-financed their second 8 song full length album, self-titled: “No Second Thought.”