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Buckcherry Announces Dates For Leg One of ‘Warpaint’ Tour

Buckcherry Announces Dates For Leg One of ‘Warpaint’ Tour

Buckcherry announces leg one of their Warpaint North American tour today. The tour begins in Sacramento on March 6th to coincide with the March 8th worldwide release of their new full-length album Warpaint.  Leg one will cover markets in the U.S as well as Western Canada. Support on leg one will be provided by Roadrunner Records’ artist Joyous Wolf. Leg two will run from the end of May through September. VIP experiences will be available for all shows and can be purchased at Buckcherryvip.com.

“After spending all fall recording our new album Warpaint, we are excited to play these new songs along with all of the Buckcherry favorites on the road throughout all of 2019,” states Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd.

Dates for leg one are below. For more information on the band’s upcoming tour dates, fans can visit Buckcherry’s website.

Mar 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 8 – Vancouver BC @ Hard Rock Casino
Mar 10 – Edmonton ALB @ Century Casino
Mar 11 – Calgary ALB @ Palace Theatre
Mar 13 – Winnipeg, MN @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar 15 – La Crosse, WI @ Brickhouse
Mar 16 – Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 17 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
Mar 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar 20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodies
Mar 22 – Palatine, IL @ Dirty Nellies
Mar 23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
Mar 26 – Foxboro, MA @ Toby Keith’s
Mar 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
Mar 29 – New York, NY@ Irving Plaza
Mar 30 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
Mar 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 2 – Newport News, VA @ Boathouse
April 4 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Arizona Bike Week – Westworld of Scottsdale
April 7 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
April 11 – Greenville, SC @ Firmament
April 12 – Knoxville, TN @ Cotton Eyed Joe
April 13 – Tampa, FL @ Fergs Live
April 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Surfer Bar
April 16 – Pensacola. FL @ Vinyl
April 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 19 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage
April 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 22 – St. Louis, IL @ Pops
April 23 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex
April 24 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
April 26 – Ft. Smith, AR @ Temple Live
April 28 – Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 30 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Studio
May 1 – Denver, CO @ Harry’s Hideaway
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal Bar
May 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 5 – Montclair, CA @ Canyon Club

Listen to “Head Like A Hole” On:
Apple Music

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Buckcherry To Release New Studio Album, ‘Warpaint,’ On March 8th, 2019

Buckcherry To Release New Studio Album, ‘Warpaint,’ On March 8th, 2019

Buckcherry’s ‘Warpaint’ – Album Art by Aaron Marsh

Buckcherry will release their new studio album, Warpaint, on March 8th, 2019. The 12 song album, featuring 11 new Buckcherry songs along with their cover of the Nine Inch Nails track “Head like a Hole“, was produced by Mike Plotnikoff, whose last collaboration with the band was the platinum certified album, 15. Preorders for Warpaint will begin on January 11th.

Singer Josh Todd comments, “Good things come to those who wait and we have been very patient and thorough with the song writing for Warpaint, we took into consideration all the factors and what this record means to not only us but the great Buckcherry fans around the world. This record takes the listener on an unforgettable journey and I’m very proud of it.”

The band plans extensive worldwide touring throughout 2019 commencing with four Southern California shows in January followed by a month long UK/Europe tour in February. The first leg of the North American tour will begin in March.

Today Buckcherry has premiered the video for the track “Head like a Hole“. The video was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Jeremy Saffer. Check out the music video HERE (embed link below).

January 16 – San Jan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House Concert Hall
January 17 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
January 18 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
January 19 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
February 5 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Ritz
February 6 – Bristol, United Kingdom – O2 Academy
February 8 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire
February 9 – Kingston Upon Hull, United Kingdom – Asylum
February 10 – Midlands, United Kingdom – O2 Institute
February 12 – Tyne And Wear, United Kingdtom – O2 Academy Newcastle
February 13 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Galvanizers
February 15 – Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom – Rock City
February 16 – Oxfordshire, United Kingdom – Q2 Academy Oxford
February 17 – Norwich, United Kingdom – The LCR
February 19 – Bo, Germany – Zehe Bochum
February 20 – Berlin, Germany – Markthalle Berlin
February 22 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457
February 23 – Cervia, Italy – Rock Planet
February 24 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage Saarbruken

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Buckcherry Release Cover of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Track “Head Like A Hole”

Buckcherry Release Cover of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Track “Head Like A Hole”

Buckcherry are back with their newest music in over three years with the cover of Nine Inch Nails track “Head Like A Hole“. Listen to the track HERE and checkout an article Billboard did with Josh Todd about today’s single announcement HERE. I would love for you to post about the single! “Head Like A Hole” is off of Buckcherry’s forthcoming seventh full length album Warpaint out spring 2019 via Century Media/RED MUSIC. The track is available on all streaming devices HERE.

Buckcherry will be bringing their live show to California for a handful of headline dates this January before heading overseas for their month long February European tour. Expect a jam-packed year full of touring in support of their forthcoming album. For more information on the band’s upcoming tour dates and to stay up-to-date on tour announcements follow the band on Facebook HERE.

Formed in 1995, Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, who throughout their 20 plus year career has had two Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Hits, they are RIAA Gold (Buchcherry) and Platinum (15) certified, and have over 55 million streams on Spotify. Now the band is gearing up to dominate the rock world once again with the release their seventh full-length studio album this spring.

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Like A Storm Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates For December

Like A Storm Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates For December

New Zealand hard rock act Like A Storm have just announced their December U.S. headline tour today. The band, best known for innovating the use of Didgeridoo with heavy rock, will hit the road with direct support from Palisades starting on December 11th in Lincoln, NE and will wrap on December 22nd in Las Vegas, NV. Fans can purchase VIP and general admission tickets on the band’s website www.likeastorm.com.

“We can’t believe it’s been over two years since our last headline tour of the U.S, so we’re super excited for this run,” says bass guitarist Kent Brooks. “We’re riding high off the awesome summer tour with Godsmack & Shinedown, and this headline tour is gonna be the biggest and best show we’ve ever done.”

Like A Storm will be touring in support of their brand new single, “Complicated (Stitches & Scars)”, off of their third studio album, Catacombs, which was released this past summer via Century Media/RED MUSIC. The record, which debuted on the Top 5 Billboard Heatseekers Charts, Top 50 Billboard Emerging Artist Charts,and Top 100 Billboard Album Charts, was produced by Like A Storm’s very own Chris Brooks, Matt Brooks, and Kent Brooks.

Reviews for Catacombs have been strong from around the world:

Alt Press calls the music “A Melodic Metal Masterpiece.” Whilst Alt Corner out of the UK labeled Catacombs, “Early contender for Album of the Year.”

The record is currently the Editor’s Pick at Japan’s biggest Rock publication Burrn Magazine. And German outlet Time For Metal describes Catacombs as “Alternative Metal as its Best.

Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Like A Storm is the most successful New Zealand rock band in US radio history. First gaining notoriety for incorporating the Didgeridoo into their breakout track, “Love The Way You Hate Me,” , the band’s last 6 singlesLove the Way You Hate Me,” “Wish You Hell,” “Become The Enemy,” “Break Free,” “Pure Evil,” and “The Devil Inside” have all charted at US Active Rock Top 40.

, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Shinedown, Three Days Grace, on top of headlining North America extensively. They have also been invited to perform at the world’s biggest hard rock festivals including: Download (UK), Nova Rock (Europe) and Rock on the Range (U.S.). Their reputation for touring the world relentlessly led Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge/Slash to once label them, “The hardest-working band in the business.” Like A Storm recently wrapped a massive U.S. run supporting Godsmack & Shinedown, where their high-energy live show garnered thousands of new fans on social media. Sully Erna from Godsmack invited Like A Storm up on stage to perform a cover of ACDC’s “Highway to Hell” at their final show in Texas.

Like A Storm is Chris Brooks (vocals), Matt Brooks (lead guitar), Kent Brooks (bass guitar), and Zach Wood (drums).

Like A Storm Headline Dates:
December 11 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
December 12 – Janesville, WI – The Back Bar
December 13 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
December 14 – Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
December 15 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
December 17 – Minot, ND – The ‘O’Riginal Bar And Nightclub
December 18 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
December 19 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
December 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
December 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Backstage Bar

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JUST BUSINESS: John Barrett On Bringing Bass Drum of Death’s New Album To Life!

JUST BUSINESS: John Barrett On Bringing Bass Drum of Death’s New Album To Life!

Bass Drum of Death’s John Barrett is “Just Business.”

Creating original music for over a decade, Bass Drum of Death is the brainchild of Oxford, Mississippi native and multi-instrumentalist John Barrett. The band started as a one-man-band playing guitar and bass drum by himself; a formula incorporated on to the first official release, 2011’s “GB City.” The self-titled 2013 release and 2014’s “Rip This” solidified Bass Drum of Death’s infectious punk-influenced, hard rock sound. The band’s music was featured in national H&M ad campaigns as well as licensed by NASCAR. In 2018, Barrett has been penning the next chapter of the band’s history with Bass Drum of Death’s ambitious new album, “Just Business,” via RED MUSIC on July 27.

In recent years, Barrett traded up the leisurely pace of a musician’s life in the Deep South for the crush-and-grind pace of the New York City. Like The Big Apple itself, “Just Business” is bigger and deeper in scope than anything Bass Drum of Death has done before. Co-produced by Barrett and producers Jason Bell and Jordan Miller (AKA “The Heavy”: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, The Dirty Heads), “Just Business,” makes sonic moves often light years beyond the blueprint Barrett forged on his debut album, the one-man-honed “GB City,” which garnered instant critical kudos. Recorded over the span of a year in a studio space overlooking the congestion and hustle of Times Square, the album is packed with every bit of the feedback-soaked, garage wallop of past BDoD fare while exploring new territory. From the instantly-catchy guitar riff of opener “Third Coast Dreaming,” a nod to John’s Gulf Coast home, to the bombastic outro of aptly-titled closer “Leaving,” “Just Business” showcases the depth and growth of Barrett’s songwriting.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with John Barrett to discuss the evolution of Bass Drum of Death, the making of “Just Business” and what the future holds for him creatively.

How did music first come into your life and begin to take hold?

My mom, who deserves all the credit for this, made me take cello lessons when I was 4 years old. The method they taught was the Suzuki method, which is learning by ear. I think I only had one or one-and-a-half years but that mindset stuck with me and allowed me to teach myself guitar and drums.

That’s impressive!

Well, ya know, that’s the thing. I’m terrible at guitar and drums but I’m really good at playing my shit, if ya know what I mean! [laughs] IfI play anybody else’s stuff, it’s like, “What are you doing?” [laughs] So, I wouldn’t say I’m a great musician but I’m a great musician when it comes to my shit!

Who are some influences that impacted you early on?

My top three when I was coming up and getting into my shit, guitar player-wise, was Jack White, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jamie Hince from The Kills, in terms of how they played and what they played. They were always able to make something simple stand out and it was always very syncopated. Those were the influences from a music standpoint. From the other side was Matthew and Bruce from Fat Possum because they took a chance on me! They didn’t have a really great track record of releasing records by bands from Oxford, which is where they are based. They took a chance on me and I’ve always appreciated that. It’s been the thing that allows me to move forward and keep doing it for as long as I’ve been able to.

You’ve been at this for a long time. What are some lessons you learned early on that carried forward?

It took a while to learn this, probably three or four years, but I learned that no one really gives a shit about seven inches. It took a lot of touring in my Corolla before I finally wised up! [laughs] That’s when I finally realized that I needed to make a full-length. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with seven inches. When I started I just wanted to get out of town and play shows. After a while I realized nobody was coming to the shows, so I decided to focus on aspects of recording and putting a record together. It’s been a slow learning process but it’s good! I wouldn’t take any of it back, that’s for sure!

It’s been four years since your last record. Bring us up to speed on what’s been happening in your world.

Yeah! Well, I moved to New York. That’s something I wanted to do ever since I was a kid. Then we switched labels. Both of those things will put a hitch in putting stuff out. It just turns into a long process. I also hit it pretty hard and pretty nonstop for a while, so I wanted to make sure I have some downtime and was able to live a little bit of a normal life. If you don’t allow yourself to do that, you just got writing songs about being in a band on tour! So, I took it easy in building up these songs for the record. I whittled it down from 30 demos. It’s one of the first records I’ve ever done that for. I really try to take my time and get to the stuff that I felt was the most quality. I think it worked out pretty well, but I do know that I don’t want to take this long on the next one.

Was moving to New York an easy transition and how did it impact you creatively?

It was fairly easy just because I had a bunch of friends up here but at the same time, I’d never lived outside of Mississippi. There definitely were and are times where I’m like, “What am I doing here?” [laughs] Every day is an adventure and that’s kind of why I moved here. Creatively, it was super different because my place in Mississippi was a big enough spot where all of my stuff was set up and ready to go at all hours. Here in New York, you have to rent a practice space and get in someone’s Google calendar! Making noise is really hard! [laughs] If you were doing stuff at your house you have to be kind of quiet. It’s really just a different way of working, a lot of the time. At the same time, living in New York has given me a lot to write about and explore. Mississippi is a little slower and sleepier whereas, in New York, any night out could become an inspiration for a song.

Tell us about your headspace when you went into the creative process for “Just Business.” Did you have goals?

Not necessarily, except for the fact that I wanted it to be a fun record for me to listen to. I wanted to showcase some different stuff and sides of me, songwriting-wise, that maybe I hadn’t done yet. I just wanted it to be a versatile record that plays well all the way through. I think that sometimes, in the past, that some of my stuff, especially to people who aren’t familiar, can sound a little samey. I wanted to try to be aware of that and make sure that there was something for everyone. But first and foremost, I wanted to keep myself interested.

I want to focus on your songwriting style. How do you capture your initial ideas? Is it voice notes, journaling, etc. and how do you build out from there?

Man, I have so many voice notes! Have a lot of voice notes and a lot of notes of just lines of this and that, here and there. [laughs] Whatever kind of hits me, I try to put it down in one way or another. Typically, when I sit down to start something it’s just me with the guitar or on the drums. Usually, I feel things out to see if there is something that grabs me melody-wise and feel it out from there and the lyrics come last. It’s almost like building with Legos — you start with one thing and then continue to piece it together to see what works. So, it’s like building a Lego set without any instructions! [laughs]

What were the biggest challenges throughout this process?

I’m pretty DIY, so I’m involved in every single aspect of the process. I’ve learned over the years that if I’m not involved, it ends up being something that I’m not necessarily stoked about. It’s just one of those things where you have to be able to wear a lot of different hats. Some days you don’t want to wear all those hats, in terms of the day-to-day stuff. I think the biggest challenge for me has been keeping up with the stuff that is not playing music. It’s hard to manage those aspects and be creative at the same time. It’s hard to find a balance. If you sit there and email back and forth about something for a while, it’s a lot harder to get stoked about going and writing a song. If you’re talking about it all day, it loses a little something in the process. So, it’s been hard to find that balance, do both and make sure everything gets taken care of.

You worked with The Heavy on this album. How did you cross paths and what did they bring to the table?

I demoed a few songs with a few different producers. I liked them immediately because we met up at my favorite bar and talked about music and took tequila shots! [laughs] We just kinda got drunk and I said, “Oh man! I like these guys! This is gonna work!” [laughs] I went in for the first session with them and brought in a rough idea of what I wanted to do. We ended up co-writing “Too High.” That went so well, that I said, “Yeah, we have to do this whole thing!” They were incredible to work with because they are equally adept at engineering, songwriting and arranging. Aside from drums on “Too High,” I played everything else on the record. One of them will be engineering and the other one would be helping me songwrite, arrange or get tones. Whenever one of them was tired, they would just switch up. That was really, really fun and productive because there was very little time spent in the studio just sitting around. That’s great because that’s the stuff that can be pretty tedious and working with them was never, ever tedious. They are both super creative guys and we got along super well from the jump!

Bass Drum of Death’s John Barrett in the wild.

Which songs came easiest and which were harder to mail down?

“Odds Are Good” was a challenge. I think there are eight or nine versions of that song floating around, so that one was a tough one. “Heavy” was tough because we didn’t know whether to expand it or to keep it simple. We opted for simple. It was such a different song from anything I have done in the past, which made it one of those that we worried over for a while. To be honest, everything else on the record was pretty much how I had it on the demos, only spruced up and with more ear candy bits. Like I said, it was a lot of fun and pretty easy, in terms of the execution. The whole process was creative, so during the recording there wasn’t anything that was hard or arduous but getting to that point wasn’t easy.

What’s the biggest lesson you took away from bringing this album to life?

Doing this record with Jason [Bell] and Jordan [Miller], The Heavy, opened me up to working with other people. I had never done that before with my stuff, so that was a big step and it worked out so well. I’m super stoked and I hope to do it more in the future. Honestly, I’m kind of kicking myself for not having done it sooner. I think I’ve done it enough myself at this point. I’m still going to continue to do it myself but I’m also going to try to bring other people in to spice things up in that way. That really keeps it fun for me.

While“Just Business” is new to listeners, you wrapped this album late last year. Where are you headed?

Yeah, it was definitely a long process getting to this point. I have a bunch of stuff written already and I definitely have a vibe I want to go with. It’s just one of those things; I’ve been so busy focusing on getting this thing out that I haven’t had the chance to do proper demos. I’m hoping that pretty soon I’ll be able to get in and begin to explore. Like I said, I already have a few good ones knocking about that I’m really excited about, so I want to get working on that as soon as possible.

You can hear creative growth over the course of your records. How have you evolved as an artist?

I think I’ve evolved in a few ways. In the beginning, I was kinda like “grip it and rip it. Do what sounds good.” Now, I’m more nuanced with the production and songwriting. More than anything, I’m just trying to not write the same song over and over. I really try to push myself and become more comfortable with stuff like falsetto on songs like “Heavy.” I’ve tried to implement a couple of new tricks because it’s very easy to get stuck in a certain mode of what people think you should be. I always want to surprise people little bit.

This album is full of surprises. I think your voice is one of those surprises.

Oh, thank you! That was another thing I wanted to do with this record. I wanted to strip down some of the effects. It took me three records to get comfortable with my voice, so it’s nice to hear kind words like that! It definitely wasn’t easy but I’m super proud of it! I really appreciate it, man!

What’s the best way to support you?

Honestly, just listen to the album as much as possible and come to shows. I’m pretty simple! [laughs] We got three T-shirts, a record and the CDs, so that’s the best way to do it! That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most. After taking this break and spending so much time on the record, I’ve gotten out of the live aspect of it. We’ve been rehearsing all week and I’m super excited to get back out on the road and start doing that again! I’m excited to be adding a different element to this record that I haven’t really experienced yet! I think we’ll be out on tour all of September and October.

That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see you live. Thanks again for your time today and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again soon!

Thanks, Jason!

Follow the continuing adventures of John Barrett and Bass Drum of Death! Visit the official website at www.bassdrumofdeath.com. Connect on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

“Just Business” will be released worldwide on July 27th via RED MUSIC – Get it here and crank it!

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LIKE A STORM: Chris Brooks On The Band’s Epic Rise and Powerful New Album!

LIKE A STORM: Chris Brooks On The Band’s Epic Rise and Powerful New Album!

Formed by brothers Chris, Matt & Kent Brooks, and with the addition of Zach Wood on drums, Like A Storm has never been a band content to do anything less than shattering the mold. Known to be one of the hardest working, most original sounding bands in the business, Like A Storm has not only quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, they are also the most successful New Zealand rock band in US radio history. The journey began with their debut album, ‘The End of The Beginning,’ which introduced the world to their brilliant vocals, gritty guitars and their infamous didgeridoo, setting the band apart from their peers and leading to their first US tour. Like A Storm continued to gain momentum with their sophomore release, ‘Awaken The Fire,’ which kicked the door wide open with four consecutive Top 40 Active Rock Chart singles, including “Love the Way You Hate Me”, “Wish You Hell”, “Become The Enemy”, and “Break Free”. Both of Like a Storm’s two studio albums debuted in the Billboard 200. As one of the most prolific young acts on the scene, their early success led to global tours with some of the biggest names in rock – including Alter Bridge, Slash, Korn, Shinedown, Three Days Grace and many others – as well as touring North America extensively as a headline act.

In the summer of 2018, Like A Storm will return with their most powerful and inspired album to date — ‘Catacombs.’ Released on June 22nd, 2018 via RED MUSIC, ‘Catacombs’ serves as an ambitious followup to their previous releases. To bring ‘Catacombs’ to life, the band had to step away from their aggressive touring schedule to write, record, and produce the new album. The album quickly began to take shape as they channeled their life experience into a style of music that is all their own. Recorded in Los Angeles, Toronto, and a Las Vegas studio that over-looked the Strip, the sessions resulted in eleven hypnotic, honest, and hard-hitting anthems that are undeniably powerful. In fact, it’s only a matter of time until they will be invading the airwaves and captivating listeners around the globe. These seasoned rock warriors are no strangers to life on the road. Armed with a brand-new album and a slew of already memorable hits, Like A Storm has their sights set on bringing their high-energy rock show to the masses and creating a lasting connection with their fans. You can catch them this summer in direct support of Godsmack and Shinedown on their co-headling tour.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Like A Storm frontman Chris Brooks to discuss the band’s already impressive history, their creative evolution, the making of ‘Catacombs’ and what they have in store for us in the year to come!

You’ve carved out an amazing career but I want to start by going back to the beginning. How did music first come into your life and what drove you to pursue it professionally?

Wow! As you know, the three of us are brothers, and music first came into our lives when we were about 6 or 7 years old. That’s when our parents got us started on piano lessons and that was the first time we started learning music. For me, I guess I have always just been fascinated with music. We grew up listening to a lot of Beatles and that kind of thing. I can remember when I was 5 or 6, going to Australia to visit my granddad. We walked past a CD stand and my parents were like, “You can pick out whatever you want.” I ended up buying this Alice Cooper CD. I had never heard it but the cover just spoke to me! [laughs] What he looked like was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen! [laughs] I started getting more and more into that. I switched from piano to guitar. I also got into bands like Nirvana, Green Day and Jimi Hendrix. I got captivated with that whole world! Once I started learning guitar, I started writing songs and singing in a band with friends to occupy the weekends. My brothers had a similar journey. So, we ended up, each of the three of us, ended up fronting our own bands and we would play weird parties, school halls and that kind of thing! We always knew that’s what we wanted to do with our lives. Kent and I started playing together because I was looking for a guitarist, someone to do backup vocals and someone to write with. I finally realized, “Why am I fighting this? Why am I looking at everyone else apart from my brothers who I already have a great musical connection with?” We would always just kind of jam. We had a drum kit in our house and both Matt and Kent started as drummers before moving to guitar. We always had a ton of instruments around and it was so easy for us to jam any song or even write a song on the spot. It was all because of that incredible connection. After Kent and I started playing together, we went through the same thing with Matt. He was singing in his own band and once again we asked, “Why are we fighting this thing that is so easy?” The connection was impossible to deny! The three of us started playing together and it was basically right after that when we moved up to Canada. That’s really when we started chasing this dream. We started at the absolute bottom! In Canada, no one knew who we were and we had no family or friends to help fill out a room starting out! We played some pretty empty gigs to begin with but the chemistry was there!

Chris Brooks of Like A Storm – Photo by Jason Axsom

I’ve seen Like A Storm play live on multiple occasions. As a frontman, you have remarkable energy and a great command of the crowd. When did you come into your own as a frontman? You make it look easy and I know it’s far from it!

Oh, thank you, man! I don’t know that I have still! Ya know what I mean? [laughs] It’s just one of those things that I love to do. For me, that expression of being on stage and having that connection with the crowd is a really, really magical thing! I think we’ve been lucky to have the support of the crowds that we’ve had and to have the support of the fans that we have. I think that all makes a huge difference. You don’t want to be out there doing the same show to people who don’t want to hear what you have to say. Our first tour in the U.S. was the ’09 Creed reunion tour. We kind of worried because that is the paradox of the opening band; you’re the only thing standing between the audience and this band that they can’t wait to see! It’s your set that’s preventing them from hearing the band they love! [laughs] For us and for me, personally as a frontman, you just have to have a good time with the audience and give the show everything you can and hopefully they connect with it.

There is no denying the fact you are driven in all aspects of your career. What lessons did you learn early on as a young band that carried forward with you as your reach has grown?

There are a few real key lessons that we’ve learned. One has been that you really have to forge your own path. I remember when we first moved to Canada, where we had a lot of success early on. A lot of people would tell us, “Yeah, I’m going to record your album …” or “I’m going to record your single. We’ll do it in a month.” Then, a month would go by and we would reach out and say, “Hey, man! Are we still going to make that album?” They would say, “Yeah, yeah. We’ll do it in a month. It’s going to be amazing!” From that we learned that you have to push on and you can’t wait for other people to be in charge of your destiny, so to speak. We learned that very early on! We also learned that you have to play the music you are passionate about. When we first moved down and started playing, we had a lot of advice from people. Literally verbatim, we met with people who said, “Go and listen to active rock. Listen to the bands that have the top five songs and write like them.” To us, we thought that was the craziest thing we had ever heard because we didn’t even grow up on the same side of the world that all these bands did. How would we and why would we go through all that trouble and deny everything that was unique about us, just to sound like the worst version of these bands? Those things were so absurd that it really gave us the chance to look at it and go say, “We don’t want to try and do that. We want to embrace everything that is different about ourselves.” It was one of those things where you start out and people say, “I don’t know quite what to do with you guys because you don’t really sound like anyone else.” Then, once you start having some sort of success, it’s such a great thing. They say, “Oh, man! It’s amazing that you guys don’t sound like anyone else!” It’s that sort of irony! You really just have to follow your vision. That’s what we believe anyway.

Like A Storm is about to release an exciting new record. Tell us about your headspace going into the creative process for “Catacombs.”

That’s a great question. We had just come off a couple of years of touring all over the world. When we did “Awaken The Fire” we had really only toured the U.S. and I think we had one song on the radio and that kind of thing. Going into “Awaken The Fire,” we really wanted to build on that. Throughout the process of that album, I think we had four songs in a row on the top 40 of Active Rock radio and we toured all over the world. It gave us a real sense of conviction and belief when it came to follow our own musical journey. We wanted to continue to push ourselves to make our own sort of music and not try to switch on to what might be popular or what people want to hear. We just wanted to continue to push what made us unique. We brought a lot of that touring energy into this record. We knew we wanted to make a record that would be so much fun to play live every single night. That, for us, meant pushing the musicality of it. We wanted to make a heavier record. We have such a wide range of music but nothing beats the connection you get when you play that heavy music live. Our heaviest songs from the last record would always be the most fun to play live, so we wanted to carry that forward. Lyrically, it just sort of worked out that after touring for two years, all the noise, excitement and distractions of touring came to a stop. It’s at that point where you are left to face yourself. You are left with these things that you haven’t had to think about for two years, so a lot of it just wrote itself from that point and that moment where you are forced to confront yourself. From a lyrical standpoint, the concept of it was very quick in terms of the writing process.

Tell us about your songwriting process for Like A Storm. Has it changed through the years?

Yeah. It all stems from us being the frontmen in our own bands; all three of us write and demo. They can be complete songs, a guitar riff, a drum beat, vocal idea or lyric. It can be anything! All three of us will write and record demos and, from that point, we will get together and collaborate back and forth to see what we are really vibing on. Sometimes it can be the three of us in a room writing something, someone coming in with what is basically a finished song or someone might start a song and send it to the other two guys and one of them takes it even further before sending it back. It’s a very collaborative process and it can happen over two different countries. That’s what’s kinda fun about it! Through the use of modern technology, you can do a lot of it without actually being in the same room. That allows each of us to find whatever might produce the best results. It’s about finding the best environment for us to be creative and then working to that.

What are the biggest challenges and lessons learned from bringing “Catacombs” to life?

One of the biggest challenges was that we ended up producing the record ourselves again. We did that on “Awaken The Fire” and we were really happy with the way it turned out. This time around, we started entertaining the idea of working with other people because producing an album is just a hell of a lot of work, ya know? Especially when, as a band, you are the songwriters and musicians as well. It’s like, if it doesn’t reach your vision, there is no one else to blame but yourself! You are responsible every step of the way for getting it to the point where you can achieve that vision. From that point of view, the last couple of months we were sleeping only a couple of hours a night at most. That’s when you’re pushing yourself the most lyrically, as a writer and producer, to get it where you feel it needs to be. That was the biggest challenge. In the early stages of the record, the challenge was finding the time to really immerse ourselves in the album. We had decided it was time for us to make “Catacombs” but we were still getting offered so many tours around the world. That was six months after we supposedly were taking a break to make the album! We had toured just as much as we ever had! That was the first challenge — how do you balance riding the wave you are on with starting the next one? It took discipline to say, “We have to stop touring now. We have to take almost a year off from touring to fully focus on the record.” That was a challenge too!

How have you evolved as an artist?

That’s an interesting question. Ya know, I’ve never thought about it. The interesting thing is, as you progress on through these things, it’s almost difficult to look backwards. You get so caught up in looking forward and moving toward the next album or tour that you don’t often sit back and reflect on what you’ve achieved. I think, for us, it’s a confidence in the music we want to make. It’s a freedom and a confidence to follow that freedom. I think that has been the main difference. When you start out and somebody tells you that you should sound like those other five bands and you are wondering, “Is this really what I have to do to be a touring rock band?” Whereas now, that is such an absurd statement. We have confidence in the idea that the best music we can create is music that is true to who we are.

What does the future hold for Like A Storm both short and long term?

The next thing we have coming up is our summer tour with Godsmack and Shinedown, which is an absolutely insane way to start off this touring cycle! We have this amphitheater tour that goes out this summer and it’s sure to be amazing. Then we will have some headline stuff coming in before we head to Europe. We are trying to balance the U.S. and Europe touring for the rest of the year. Eventually, we’d love to get back down to New Zealand and Australia and tour this album there!

I can’t wait to see you perform the new material from “Catacombs.” I’m sure we will cross paths again soon but until then I wish you continued success! Thanks so much for your time today!

Awesome! Great questions, man! Thank you very much for that! Take care!

For all the latest news and tour dates for Like A Storm, visit their official site at www.likeastorm.com. Connect with the band on social media via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Bass Drum of Death To Release of New Album, ‘Just Business,’ On July 27th!

Bass Drum of Death To Release of New Album, ‘Just Business,’ On July 27th!

Bass Drum of Death – the brainchild of Oxford, Mississippi native and multi-instrumentalistJohn Barrett – is back with their first new album in over four years, Just Business, slated for release worldwide on July 27th via RED MUSIC. This record marks the fourth released under the Bass Drum of Death moniker and first since 2014’s acclaimed record,Rip This. Just Business will be available on vinyl and digital formats when released, but pre-orderis happening now via https://red.lnk.to/JustBusiness. Fans who pre-order the digital release will receive an instant download of the title track “Just Business” and the recently released song, “Heavy.”

From the instantly-catchy guitar riff of opener “Third Coast Dreaming,” a nod to John’s Gulf Coast home, to the bombastic outro of aptly-titled closer “Leaving,” Just Business showcases the depth and growth of the band’s catalog. Recorded over the span of a year in a studio space overlooking the congestion and hustle of Times Square, the album is packed with every bit of the feedback-soaked, garage wallop of past BDoD fare and openly explores Barrett’s evolved songwriting like never before.

“There’s a certain kind of trouble that you’re able to get into in New York that you’re not able to get in anywhere else,” explains Barrett, who recently traded his down south roots for the bustling city. “For years I’ve been known as ‘The Garage Rock Guy’ and I think this record highlights how much of a better singer and songwriter I’ve gotten to be. You can actually hear what I’m singing!”

In anticpation of the release, Bass Drum of Death recently released a music video for the song “Heavy.” The video is based on a true story of unspoken violent events taking place along the US/Mexico border. Upon learning of such events via the video’s director, Barrett felt compelled to make this story central to the visual treatment for the song. Watch the video for “Heavy” below!

Just Business Tracklisting:

  1. Third Coast Dreaming
  2. Too High
  3. Diamond in the Rough
  4. Failing Up
  5. Heavy
  6. I Don’t Wanna Know
  7. Odds Are Good
  8. Just Business
  9. I Love You (I Think)
  10. I Thought I Told You
  11. Leaving

Creating original music as Bass Drum of Death for over a decade, founder John Barrett started as a one-man-band playing guitar and bass drum by himself. This formula was incorporated on to the first offical release, 2011’s GB City. Songs from that first album have been used in the movie Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the successful video game MLB2K12and the popular BBC show Waterloo Road. The self-titled 2013 release and 2014’s Rip This solidifed Bass Drum of Death’s infectious punk-influenced, hard rock sound. The band’s music has been featured in national H&M ad campaigns as well as licensed by NASCAR. 2018 marks a return to form for Bass Drum of Death with the release of Just Business via RED MUSIC.

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