I was lucky enough to catch up with Matt Brooks of Rock Band Like A Storm, We talked about LAS, Europe and his love of Batman. The band are currently touring the US with Tremonti Projects Garrett Whitlock behind drums.
Do you have any plans to come over to Europe anytime soon?
MB: We are really interested in coming over and touring in Europe – our bros in AlterBridge tell us that you guys are absolutely amazing! We have been so busy playing here in North America these past few years, but we are really excited at the idea of playing in Europe. We actually have a lot of family in England, so they’ll finally get to see a show!
How would you describe your sound?
MB: I would describe our sound as hard rock, but with a world of other influences thrown in there. As huge fans of music, we always strive incorporate a lot of different instruments into the modern rock sound – including didgeridoo, keyboards and programming, acoustic guitars and piano. We grew up listening to stadium rock, metal, industrial, folk… anything we could get our hands on.
Which bands are you listening to at the moment?
MB: Right now I’m really into the new Bring Me The Horizon record – I absolutely love the combination of screamo, anthemic rock and all the keyboards and programming. It’s like they took all my favourite genres of music and threw them in the blender. I also have been totally obsessed with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa for about the last year… on tour sometimes I’ll go days just listening to the blues. It’s awesome road music!
Who inspires you?
MB: I’m really inspired by anyone who takes risks and isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. The new Bring Me The Horizon album is hugely inspirational because those guys have just grown so much. I am really inspired by the fact that they incorporated so many new elements into their music, which was badass to begin with!
What pastimes do you enjoy when you’re not playing music?
MB: To be honest, music pretty much takes over my life – since I was 12 it’s all I’ve really wanted to do. But when I’m not playing or writing or thinking about music, I love to sketch, play video games, and go to the movies. I also randomly love reading about intriguing people on the internet – the last person I searched on Wikipedia was vacuum mogul James Dyson haha.
How did it feel to tour with Creed back in 2012?
MB: It was so awesome to tour with Creed in 2012. We go back with those guys – they actually kick-started our whole career in the US by taking us out on their 2009 Reunion Tour! We are so grateful to Mark, Flip, Brian and Scott for everything that they have done for us. It was so cool touring with them again in 2012, it was kind of like we were having our own reunion! We love those guys, and we always have such a great time playing together.
Is there any particular reason why you guys have focused solely on America and not expanded across the sea?
MB: It turns out America is a pretty big place! Growing up in New Zealand, it still blows my mind that you can tour a country for 4 years and have places that you’ve only been to once or twice. We definitely have plans to come across and play in Europe; we have just been so busy playing here in the States that we haven’t made it over yet! But we have Europe in our sights and we can’t wait to come over and rock with you guys.
Which bands would you love to share a stage with?
MB: We’ve been so lucky man, sharing the stage with so many amazing bands like Creed, Shinedown, AlterBridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Korn and Puddle of Mudd. It seems greedy to ask for more! But I’m a huge Tool fan, so I’d love to play with them one day. And it would be awesome to share the stage with 30 Seconds to Mars too – their music is just so epic.
How did the filming of your latest video go?
MB: Filming the new music video for “Love the Way You Hate Me” in Chicago was awesome! Not only did we get to make a video for one of our favorite tracks, we also had big crowd of our fans come and be in the shoot with us. It was an amazing experience to share making the video with our fans, and it gave us the opportunity to try some really cool ideas. One shot we filmed had our fans running in and mobbing us while we were rocking out, and they were so convincing that I had bruises for a week! Can’t wait for everyone to see the video man, it just has so much energy.
What’s next for LAS?
MB: As I sit here writing this interview, we are about to embark on our “Love the Way You Hate Me” US Tour, and we are also in the middle of making our new album, “Chaos Theory: Part 2″. We are also just about to put out our latest music video, which I am so pumped about. No shortage of interesting stuff going on!
You can stay up-to-date on all things Like A Storm at our webpage www.likeastorm.com, and on our Facebook and other social media pages. You can follow us on Twitter @RealLikeAStorm, and feel free to add my personal page @MattBrooksLAS!
If you could be any superhero for a day, which superhero would you be?
MB: All of our friends and fans know I am a huge Batman fan, so I would have to stick to what I know and go with the Dark Knight. Batman is the cool, brooding outsider to Superman’s squeaky clean jock!
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