Like A Storm interview
Interview with Gary Trueman
Like a storm are a hard rock Quartet from New Zealand who have amassed quite a following globally with their modern hard rock sound interspersed with little nods in the direction of metal and even blues. They’re famous for incorporating the digeridoo into their music too which gives their sound a traditional slant too. Get Your Rock Out caught up with guitarist Matt just before they played at the legendary Nottingham Rescue Rooms.
You’re from New Zealand, do people automatically think you’re from Australia if they don’t know and does that piss you off at all?
“We get that a lot. Yeah, we’re frequently mistaken for Australians or Brits actually (by Americans) or some people think we’re from Sweden. It’s funny to travel the world playing music and our accent throws a few people some curve balls. You do meet people who can pinpoint the New Zealand accent and I’m always impressed with them.”
North and South Islands, have they got distinctive accents between them a s well like we have in regions in the UK?
“There’s a bit of difference but nothing like you guys have here. I can’t believe how close the cities and towns are in the UK with completely different accents, it’s crazy. I think you guys have got us beat on that.”
There are three brothers in the band, that’s pretty unusual. What’s it like for the other guy?
“The other guy is Zach our drummer and he’s practically like our other brother anyway. We’ve know Zach for about six years and we’ve been close with him and his family. It’s cool to play in a band with your brothers, you get to share loads of stuff and get to tour the world playing the music we love. We get to share a lot of surreal experiences.”
New Zealand and Australia have a strong sporting heritage that you often like to beat us Brits over the head with. I’m guessing you’re sport oriented?
“We’re big rugby fans. We tuned in to watch the world cup from the US. We were watching the TV at odd hours to watch the semi finals and final in particular. As rugby fans it was pretty amazing to see the all blacks win two world cups in a row.”
Back to the band. Your sound is sort of fixed in hard rock but you bring in all kinds of other stuff including a digeridoo which is interesting. How would you describe your sound?
“It’s heavy rock but we grew up being huge fans of all different kinds of music. We’ve always been inspired by artist who push the envelope and brought something new to the table. I guess our music is sort of heavy rock and other elements of which the digeridoo is the one we’re best known for. It’s not something we set out to do it’s just that Chris taught himself how to play digeridoo and we thought it ws the most amazing sound we’d ever heard so we thought why not try to work it into the sound of a heavy rock band? We never anticipated how well it would fit. That was a nice surprise for us.”
This is your third time in the UK. Do you find the fans are different here to at home?
“Culturally it’s pretty interesting because how people are forthcoming about their enjoyment of a show is very di8fferent. UK and Europe is famous for fans being enthusiastic and outwardly so. In New Zealand, culturally it’s a lot more stoic so when you’re up on stage you don’t necessarily get that same feedback. It’s kind of an interesting sociological experiment to go round the world playing the same songs to different groups of people and see how they react. We’re very lucky to have fans around the world and to be able to go and play for them.”
Are there plans to come back again at some point?
“Absolutely. We’ve always dreamed of coming over to tour the UK and Europe and now we’ve got that opportunity it’s just something we want to build up and keep coming back more and more. We actually have family in the UK so we have a responsibility to come back and see them so we might as well play some shows while we’re here. “
You’ve brought out a couple of albums and an EP already. Have you found your sound has changed over that period?
“Yeah, there’s been an evolution in our sound. I think the more that we write and the more that we tour you kind of find your sound and you find ways to express the sound that you’re hearing in your head. When we made our first album it was a tremendous learning curve and with our second album we felt that with the recording process and touring we were able to much better put to tape the vision that we had.”
On the tour bus. Do you argue about what gets played when you’re driving around?
“It works well, we have a lot of music in common that we love. We do listen to different stuff but it all fits. I always enjoy what the other guys are listening to because often they’ve stumbled across things that I would never find myself. It’s funny because we play heavy rock but when I’m listening to music I either listen to blues or Norwegian black metal. It’s kind of a cool escape.”
Imagine a UK rock fan has just landed in New Zealand. The first place they have to go and visit is………?
“The pub! Where do you start, we’re from Auckland so for my own nostalgia I’d say you need to have a drink and go to the local rock clubs. Any UK rock fan would have a great time there.”