Download 2017: No. 35 - Like A Storm - 50 bands in 50 days

By Eric Mackinnon


Like A Storm

Download Festival

The Dogtooth Stage

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Playing a massive festival like Download gives rock bands a unique platform to win over the hearts and ears of new fans says Matt Brooks of Like A Storm.

The lead guitarist of the hard rocking New Zealand outfit looks back on their Download debut two years ago as one of their career highlights and he can't wait to do it all over again this time around.

Like A Storm are scheduled to play The Dogtooth Stage on Sunday, June 11, and Brooks says, as a music fan, being on the same bill and day as Aerosmith is incredible.

“Download is always a great hang,” said Matt with a grin.

“I’m stoked to see our brothers in Alter Bridge and Steel Panther, and our Kiwi mates in Devilskin. And just as a music fan, I’m really excited to see Aerosmith. It’s going to be an awesome day!”

He went on: “We were so stoked to play Download the first time in 2015, because it’s such an iconic festival. I remember just being amazed at the number of people there, how cool it was to hang with the other bands backstage… and seeing KISS headline was an epic way to finish it off!

“During a festival set, you’re always playing to a mixture of hardcore fans and new listeners - so you want to put on a show that is engaging and exciting for both. Fortunately, you can count on the didgeridoo to satisfy everyone.”

Like A Storm made the bold decision to quit their homeland and relocate full-time to the U.S in 2009 – a decision the band didn't take lightly. But since they began touring in America they have racked up five top 50 rock tracks in the U.S charts with 'Pure Evil' one of the most recent big successes.

“We were really blown away when 'Pure Evil' started getting played on American radio,” explained Matt.

“Not just because it was our fifth single in a row to break the Top 40, but also because it’s the heaviest and most progressive song we’ve ever written! We have been absolutely amazed at the level of support our fans have shown us and our music, both in the US and all over the world. We are so grateful for that.”

He continued: “It probably seems crazy to move from one side of the world to the other to follow a dream, but we just always saw it as a big adventure.

“For my brothers and I growing up in Auckland, the idea of touring the world and playing music was about the coolest thing you could possibly imagine.

“We always saw North America as a place where that dream could become a reality - and it’s pretty incredible the way it has all worked out.”

Late last year Like A Storm enjoyed a multi-stop tour of the UK as part of a huge arena tour with Volbeat, Alter Bridge and Gojira.

Reflecting on the tour Matt says it was a tour Like A Storm won't forget in a hurry.

“That was one amazing tour. Playing packed arenas all over the UK and Europe with Alter Bridge, Volbeat & Gojira really was a dream come true.

“Quite apart from being incredible musicians, each of those bands have their own unique take on heavy musicThat’s something that we really strive for ourselves - so it was the perfect tour to be on when gearing up to make a new album.”

On the subject of a new album, 'Catacombs' is due to drop soon as the band's third full-length studio album.

Matt added: “Catacombs is set to come out later this year, and we are so excited for people to hear it!

“We have grown a lot as a band over the past few years… And this new album has really given us the opportunity to break new ground both musically and lyrically.

“I think 'Pure Evil' is a great representation of what we are hoping to achieve with 'Catacombs' - music that is heavy, anthemic and artistic.”