Once upon a time, three brothers from New Zealand and a kid from Los Angeles came together to form a straight-up no-frills, no bells and whistles metal band, and it’s been nothin’ but the production of entrancing melodies, distinctive vocals and one hell of a ride from there. As one of the hardest working bands in the industry, Like A Storm has journeyed around the world and inspired a dedicated fanbase that is eager for more. I caught up with drummer, Zach Wood, to discuss the follow up to ‘Awaken The Fire’, growing up in LA, being tattooed at Black Anchor Collective and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Like A Storm?
Hey everyone, my name is Zach Wood and I play drums in the band Like A Storm. We are a band formed by three brothers, (Chris, Kent, and Matt Brooks) from New Zealand. And I am from Los Angeles California.
Are you guys working on a follow-up to ‘Awaken The Fire’ at the moment? If so, fill us in.
Yes we are! We are currently on an amazing tour in Europe with Alter Bridge, Volbeat, and Gojira. We just released a new song called Pure Evil, which will be on our new record which we will be recording after this tour in the beginning of 2017! We’ve been touring nonstop in 2016 so no we we will taking a break to record our next record.
How has growing up in Los Angeles influenced your artistry as a musician?
I moved to LA when I just turned 14, so it was perfect timing because it was right when I really started to get into music and wanted to be in a band. LA is a very popular place to meet musicians and form a band. You can pretty much find people who play any genre of music there. When I was 15 I was in a heavy metal band with a bunch of friends but never found a singer! Haha! And when i was 16 until 18 I was in an Alternative Pop/Rock band. That’s the first time I started playing live shows and recording music in a studio. It was a great learning process.
Let’s talk tattoos. Zach, rumor has it that you have work done at Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, California. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Ever since I got my first big tattoo, which was my whole chest at Black Anchor, I made the decision that Black Anchor is the only place I will get tattooed from now on. My artist is the very talented Aric Taylor. All the artists there are incredible! I now have my chest, a whole sleeve, behind my ears, and my left side of my ribs tattooed there, all by Aric Taylor.
If you could only take three albums with you onto a deserted island for one month, which three albums would you choose and why?
Well I would have to start with ‘Sempiternal’ by Bring Me the Horizon. I really feel that is one of the best rock/metal albums to come out in the last 10 years. Every song is so catchy, melodic, and heavy. In fact before we go onstage we usually blast that album to get pumped up!
My second would be ‘These Things Happen’ by G-Eazy. Technically it is classified as rap, but it is more of a chilled out electronic R&B sound. His lyrics are very intelligent, clever, and artistic while also being relatable. It’s not the same generic lyrics you might see from anyone else in that genre. Plus the loops and programming in his songs capture a very eerie/beautiful tone that can hit you in a heavy way. That whole album can be relatable with any emotion. And that’s why i think it’s so good. You can listen to the same song 100 times and every time it can hit a different emotion.
The 3rd album I would choose is ‘Lest We Forget’. It is the greatest hits record from Marilyn Manson. Where do I even begin! He is one of the reasons I really got into rock music with “The Beautiful People”. Just a great rock legend in my opinion!
What is your perception of the current state of Metal?
I really think metal is making a comeback! I mean when you look in H&M and see Slayer and Slipknot shirts for sale that says something, right? Haha! Whether or not people think that’s cool or not it means that the awareness of metal is reaching a vast amount of people. I really feel people will get bored with the whole pop scene and rock/metal will become huge again. People like and respect real musicianship. And metal really is a talented genre.
I perceive that being a member amongst a band of brothers adds a unique element to the chemistry of the band. How did you meet Chris, Matt and Kent?
I’ve been family friends with the Brooks’ for seven years. We always jammed together when they were in the LA area. So they knew that I knew the songs very well. So one day, about three months after I graduated high school they asked me to join the band! They were about to go on tour and needed someone to play drums due to a recent departure from the last drummer. And it has been an amazing years years since! Even though they are all brothers, I really feel as if I am too. They treat me as if I was there little bro, so I never feel out of place or uncomfortable.
What is one of the craziest things that has ever happened at one of your live shows?
I don’t know if crazy is the best way to word it, but multiple times we have had fans ask to propose to their girlfriends on stage. I think that is quite amazing that they are such big fans they wanted to propose that way. It’s a nice feeling. And of course they said YES.
What do fans of Like A Storm have to look forward to over the next six months?
We will be recording our next record! And playing our first headline show back in New Zealand in February and March.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We always wanna stress how important our fans are. They are the reason we get to do what we love to do. I’ve met some amazing people and have heard some amazing stories. So honestly thank you guys for supporting what we do. We love each and every one of our fans.