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    Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:26:14

    Interview: Like a Storm - Like a Storm vocalist Chris Brooks talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about <i>The End of the Beginning</i> and the beginning of what will be a long career...

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    Like a Storm conjure quite a ruckus on their debut album, The End of the Beginning [Prospect Park].

    There's no shortage of heavy distortion, but there's also an abundance of uber catchy melodies strewn throughout the songs. The band takes a classic grunge aesthetic and gives it a facelift with entrancing electronics and hypnotic synths. It's a veritable hurricane of styles that's both infectious and dangerous. For the perfect proof, all you need is one dose of "Chemical Infatuation," the band's first single, and you'll be hooked.

    Vocalist Chris Brooks sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to discuss The End of the Beginning, how his music is like The Shining and so much more in this exclusive interview.

    Did you have one cohesive thread in mind for The End of the Beginning?

    The album is basically our story. It's a story about all of the ups and downs that we went through in the last few years—moving from New Zealand, setting up here, trying to be in a band and everything else. We went through so many different experiences because we changed countries and we changed our entire lives, really. That's the story from my point of view. What did you get out of it?

    It seems like the album is about growing up.

    Definitely! It's about leaving the comforts of where you've grown up behind—your family, your friends—and moving away with one purpose. Our purpose was being in a band. You have to do that—you have to grow up and find yourself as a person and also find yourself musically. We're so happy with how the record turned out. It was an intense period.

    The album is like a scrap book of that period of time.

    Exactly! That's what's really cool. We finished a month of touring, and on the flight home I was listening to the record. I still love listening to it even though we've played it every night and we've listened to it every day for two years, but I still love listening to it because it means so much.

    It's melodic, but it punches you in the face at the same time.

    That's my favorite kind of music. I love the energy and the aggression of heavy music, but I also really like melody that people can sing along with. That was what we wanted to do with the record. We didn't want to be one-dimensional. We wanted to try and show these two sides. I think we achieved that.

    How have the songs evolved live?

    Well, we try to play them true to the record, but we've played around with a lot of the intros and outros just to make it a lot more interesting live. We want to put on a good show for everyone that comes. There are the songs and then the show. It's awesome to see how people react to us live.

    If this record were a movie what would it be?

    God, dude, I don't know! I always think probably The Shining [Laughs]. It's a combination of these surreal experiences you go on, and you can't believe they're happening. Seeing the songs translate live, we're so happy. We spent two years making the record, so we had to almost re-learn it to go and play it live. We have a new appreciation for all the different guitar parts. There are so many different and strange elements on the record—learning it and adapting it live was fun. Sometimes, I go to sleep wake up two hours later and fire up the computer and just start going on my guitar. For us, it's important that the songs have a lot of meaning. I think that's where the visual element comes in because it's really real for us—experiences we've gone through. It's so clear in my mind, how do we translate that into a song? Movies can do that so well.

    Are there any especially personal songs?

    We wrote "Galaxy" about our grandmother passing away, and we've gotten messages about that song helping other people deal with the death of a loved one. It's incredible. That's probably one of the best feelings you can have as an artist—that feeling that you've helped somebody else.

    Rick Florino

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