Jonny Hawkins

To the sur­prise of no one, the Noth­ing More man loves for­ward­think­ing, ex­ploratory, pro­gres­sive rock mu­sic. Oh, and nu metal

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Devin To Wnsen D - WORDS: MATT MILLS

“THRICE’s is one of the heav­i­est riffs I’ve ever heard! Every­thing about it makes it sound like your speak­ers are ex­plod­ing. It’s a rock­et­ship through hell; it just sounds like fire. This song leans to­wards metal but it’s slower and drudgier. It re­minds me of a slower

Speak­ing of whom, when I’m lis­ten­ing to Low Lands, I feel like I should be wear­ing a black cloak and liv­ing in the woods. I don’t feel like a mod­ern man any­more; I feel like

I’m go­ing back in time or am just be­com­ing more an­i­mal­is­tic. It puts me in that tribal state of mind. Then I lis­ten to

The­mata by and I feel like a Greek god! To me, it’s pro­gres­sive done right. Kar­nivool nailed it with a good bal­ance of feel­ing and theme. It feels like a jour­ney, not like ‘cho­rus, verse, cho­rus; that was the song, get out.’ have that same vibe, too. It’s hard to pick one song, but

Ticks & Leeches is one that I got way into. I orig­i­nally was the drum­mer for Noth­ing More, so that song just drew me in from the first few beats on the drums. Danny Carey is just bril­liant; he pulled off so many amaz­ing polyrhythm­s. And it doesn’t even sound like he’s try­ing!

We’ve just played Europe with They have a new song called How To Sur­vive and it’s a banger! You’ve got to jam it, turn it up loud and drink some whiskey! They just went for the jugu­lar. Of Mice & Men went back to their roots and just smashed it. They went heav­ier rather than go­ing, ‘Oh, how can we get more ap­peal­ing?’ And they’re great at it! We’re com­ing back to the UK soon, this time with our boys When­ever they play Be­tween An­gels And In­sects, I go crazy! It’s just got so much at­ti­tude, es­pe­cially the vo­cals in that cho­rus. That whole al­bum [ In­fest] just feels very real. There wasn’t time for the busi­ness peo­ple to get in their heads yet; they hadn’t burnt out from be­ing on the road. There was no chas­ing trends or fads, it was just them!






We’re also go­ing to be play­ing with when we come to Europe as a part of our next tour. There’s some­thing about Home’s lyrics mixed with the mu­sic that’s mag­i­cal.

It’s like leav­ing home and en­ter­ing this dark uni­verse. I ex­pe­ri­enced that feel­ing when my mum passed away from can­cer; our fam­ily went into dis­ar­ray. There were those times of just feel­ing like a speck of dust. The pic­ture that Black Peaks paint in that song just res­onated with me and a feel­ing I’ve had in real life.

“I think win the award for best art­work in our genre. To be hon­est, I didn’t lis­ten to them for a while, but Show Your­self just caught me be­cause it was hook­ier. With pro­gres­sive bands like them, it’s al­ways good to have sugar with your meal. You want what­ever you’re do­ing to be as im­me­di­ately grip­ping as pos­si­ble, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the depth. It got them their Grammy and we ac­tu­ally ran into them on the red car­pet. It was the same year that we were nom­i­nated for Go To War and I re­spected them more af­ter see­ing them be­cause they were wear­ing the blue and or­ange Dumb & Dum­ber suits. I went, ‘Al­right, now I like you guys.’ I hadn’t lis­tened to much ei­ther, un­til re­cently when Take You With Me jumped out at me. I ran into Mark [Tre­monti, vo­cals and gui­tars] at Shiprocked. We chat­ted for a lit­tle bit, then my girl­friend showed me that song and that’s our jam right now! It has a very strong, pos­i­tive en­ergy, with­out be­ing cheesy. It’s hard to write a pos­i­tive-feel­ing song with­out be­ing lame! Ha ha!

The last one’s a lit­tle left­field – it’s 1979 by the

It puts me into a dreamy state of mind, al­most into a trance. Sud­denly it makes me feel like life is mag­i­cal again. It’s al­most like it gives you a nos­tal­gia for the present mo­ment. That doesn’t even make sense!”







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