Ohio Metalcore band, Like Moths to Flames, have set the scene ablaze with a passion that is contagious and transmitted through their music for fans worldwide to soak up over energetic live shows. Leaving the taste of anticipation in listener’s mouths, the guys are in the studio and gearing up to release their fourth studio album. I caught up with vocalist, Chris Roetter, to discuss what’s in store for Like Moths to Flames in 2017, translating personal experiences into lyricism, hitting the road, tattoos and more.
You are in the studio working with producer, Erik Ron, on your fourth studio album which is set to be released on Rise Records. How has working with Erik influenced the creation and direction of this album?
I think most importantly it has helped us to explore some different dynamics of the band. It was important for us to work with someone who could help evolve the band to a more mature sound without completely abandoning our roots.
After touring over the years has your perception of coming home to Ohio changed at all?! What do you appreciate about Ohio that you don’t necessarily experience elsewhere?
Ohio is home — that’s the simplest way to put it. Getting the opportunity to get out and see different cities every day is amazing, but nothing beats coming home. I like the midwest lifestyle. It’s not too slow, not too fast. I’ve attempted to live other places and it just wasn’t the same.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I have quite a few pieces dedicated to the books/movies. Family is also very important to me, so I have a few tattoos dedicated to them. I’ve only worked with a few tattoo artists, but my personal favorites are Billy White and Jenn Siegfried from Downtown Tattoo in Zanesville, Ohio.
You guys are gearing up to hit the road with Sworn In, My Enemies & I, Cover Your Tracks and BackWordz. Have you toured with any of the fellow bands before and what led you to join forces with them for this tour?
We have toured with Sworn In quite a few times and they are great friends of ours. The rest of the bands are new to us. But we are very excited to have the chance to check them out. We are all heading down to play some festival shows in Texas and it worked out for all of our bands to come together to create a tour.
Your live show is highly energetic and truly riles up the crowd. Any advice for bands that are working on crafting/fine tuning their live show? Or do you just run with the energy that you feel?
I think it’s definitely a day-to-day thing for us. Our goal is to go out and give it everything we’ve got, regardless the size of the crowd. Some days, they make it easier and then other days, we are left with a challenge to get them out of their comfort zone.
Tell us about your songwriting process. Is there one particular member of the band who champions the area or do you all contribute?
It’s everyone in the band. It has always been important for us to all feel involved, especially as we try to branch out and try new stuff. In the past, it has been different, and oftentimes, one or two members took on a lot of the weight… But not so much with the current lineup, though.
If you could travel/tour the world with any two musicians dead or alive for six months, who would you choose and why?
Bob Marley and Blindside. Bob Marley because I feel like his free-mind type of writing style helped lead to a lot of positive energy in the world. Huge stoner, so I mean hell that’s got to help. Blindside because they are one of my all-time favorite bands. I never got the chance to see them, but not a day goes by that I don’t listen to them.
Do you translate your personal experiences into your artistry as a musician? (Lyrically) And if so, do you find it therapeutic?
It’s always personal experiences for me. I feel like it only makes sense to write about things that really do have an effect on me. It’s a lot easier to portray those emotions in a live setting when the lyrics come from a vulnerable, real place.
What do fans of Like Moths to Flames have to look forward to in 2017?!
Most importantly, a new album. With that comes new tours and all the other obvious things. We are very excited to share what we’ve been creating with new and old time listeners.