Several years ago three brothers Chris, Matt, and Kent Brooks, along with their drummer mate Thomas Karanasos, formed a band called Like a Storm. They played their first rehearsal in a little country known as the land of the long white cloud. That was the only time they rehearsed together before packing up and moving from New Zealand to the other side of the world. It was the best move these guys could make and, by following their hearts, they ended up in Canada, being signed by Prospect Park record label and touring with a little band you may have heard of, Creed.
Like a Storm are now fronting their own tours and have released their first album The End of the Beginning. For their first hard rock album these guys have struck it rich and were lucky enough to be introduced to multi-platinum producer Mike Plotnikoff (My Chemical Romance/BuckCherry) who got them started on The End of the Beginning album. It's a rich album well worth listening to as it delivers an edgy sound with definite finished quality.
The band, Like a Storm, have made a hell of an impact with their video release "Chemical Infatuation," and their dark melodic style plays out so well on camera. This single shows the capability of the band as a professional and well-rounded group that have all the talent modern rockers should bring to the table. You can hunt the video down on the band's own website at Like a Storm. Hayley Woodgate recently interviewed the stylish rock group to give you a heads up on the band's personal perspectives and invites you to deeply consider checking out their new album The End of the Beginning if you revel in dark rock sounds.
Where does the band name "Like a Storm" originate?
MATT: It came from a line from one of our earlier songs. We felt the name really captured the vibe of the band, and the kind of music that we love to play - larger than life, epic. The storm metaphor also really speaks to the range of music that we play - from hard-hitting rock to more melodic and ambient songs. A storm can be both beautiful and aggressive at the same time.
What genre of music do you consider the band to be? Who are the band's influences?
MATT: We grew up on a wide range of music, and have always strived to incorporate elements from all of these genres into our sound. We have been described as hard rock, metal, punk, industrial, grunge, pop, electronic, alternative... I think our sound is somewhere in there! As far as our favourite artists - we love anyone who pushes the boundaries creatively. Like Faith No More, Massive Attack, Metallica, Tool, and Bjork... all very different and each one totally unique. Artists like this really inspire us, musically, lyrically, visually... all across the spectrum of creativity.