It’s 10:30pm at The Highlands and the energy from the audience is one of excitement and pure joy as lead singer for Like a Storm, Chris Brooks, comes on stage with their signature instrument the didgeridoo. He uses this to start all their shows before leading into the hit “Chemical Infatuation.” It is evident that this is a band that genuinely puts forth the effort to show their appreciation for their supporters, such as when they let a fan use the stage as a platform to propose to his girlfriend, (she said yes!), or when Matt Brooks (vocals/guitar), dedicates the heartfelt track “Change Tomorrow” to another fan. He invites her onstage and then explains to everyone that she “busted out of the hospital to be here tonight,” before breaking into a rock take on Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise.” Before long, the band has flown through their set, and are closing the night with the heavily audience involved tune “Enemy” and AC/DC’s “TNT” as an encore.
The chemistry between bandmates is undeniable, and I can’t help but remember that just one year ago, Like a Storm announced Roye Robley would be the new drummer. While he may not be blood related to the rest of the band, the chemistry between the four of them suggests they have been playing together their whole lives. As I left the venue, having seen a great rock concert, I found myself thinking, “When can I do it again?”
You can buy concert tickets here to catch Like a Storm on their “Adrenaline Intoxication: Live in the U.S.” tour.