The storm is coming to Tauranga
9 March 2020
New Zealand’s biggest rock export Like A Storm is coming home for their first-ever Kiwi headline tour.
These hard-rockers were formed in 2005 by the Brook brothers, who created their own version of post-rock grunge-metal that was popular at the time with US counterparts Puddle of Mud, Staind and Shinedown. The difference was, they’ve always had a distinct flavour with heavy baritone guitar riffs and the addition of the didgeridoo. After forming, they relocated to North America, before residing in Vancouver, eventually bursting onto the scene with an opportunity to open for Creed. Since then, they’ve played 112 shows in 19 different countries all over the world in 2019 alone, and New Zealand is their first stop for 2020 before they hit Europe, USA and Japan. Metal Hammer UK Magazine describes Like A Storm as “Re-writing metal’s rulebook like never before.” Kerrang UK labelled their sound, “Big riffs and arena-sized choruses,” while Alternative Press (US) called their work, “A melodic metal masterpiece.” Having been invited to share stages all over the world with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Godsmack, KoRn, Alter Bridge, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Gojira and more, Like A Storm are returning home for a full, nationwide tour.
“All we wanted to do with our lives was tour the world playing music,” says bassist Kent Brooks. “New Zealand has always been a massive part of who we are, we come home every year to write, reconnect, so we’re stoked to be coming back to do this time to do a full tour.”
“Most international bands just tend to hit the bigger cities when they come to New Zealand, adds Matt. But being Kiwi’s ourselves, we wanted to play as many shows as we could. The tour we just did with our mates in Devilskin really gave us faith that rock shows are alive and well in New Zealand. Every night the crowd was off the hook, and we walked of stage after every show saying to each other, “We have to come back.”
Special guests Black Smoke Trigger, from Napier, will join them for an all-out night of rock.
Like A Storm
Thursday, March 12
7.30pm – 11.30pm
Totara Street, Totara Street
Tickets $29 from eventfinda.co.nz