To the surprise of no one, the Nothing More man loves forwardthinking, exploratory, progressive rock music. Oh, and nu metal
“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!
OF MICE & MEN.
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!”
“YOU NEED SUGAR WITH YOUR PROG”