Like Moths To Flames are in the process of recording a new album, but that won't stop them from touring, as they will head off on a miniature tour, then return to the studio soon after! Frontman vocalist Chris Roetter, talks about the upcoming tour and how the new album is coming along.
1. First off, who are you and what is it that you do for Like Moths To Flames?
Chris: My name is Chris, I am the singer of the band.
2. Can you briefly discuss how the namesake Like Moths To Flames, came into the picture for the band.
Chris: It was important for us to have a name that represented where we came from as musicians, to be more clear, what influenced us into starting a band. We ended up going with Like Moths to Flames, because it was a Thrice song. One of our favorite bands growing up and it kind of explained our approach to music pretty well. Drawn to it.
3. Where are you in the recording process of the new album?
Chris: Just about half way through. Doing the album in two halves and just finished the first batch of songs.
4. Why did you want to work with product Erik Ron, have you worked with him before, what do you think he will bring to the table for you guys for this new album.
Chris: Definitely help explore some new dynamics. Helping us to feel a lot more comfortable in trying new things without completely abandoning the root of our sound. It's been a learning process but these are some of my favorite songs that we’ve recorded.
5. Have you picked out a title and decided on the album's artwork, or not thought that far ahead yet.
Chris: It's a bit too early in the process to start thinking that far ahead.
6. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?
Chris: Nothing new instrument-wise, but we're experimenting with a lot of different sounds.
7. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?
Chris: Just to mature. I know that's a pretty broad statement but we had recorded our last four releases at the same place. Think we just wanted a bit of change and I think we owed it to our fans to provide some content that was fresh.
8. When can we expect the new album to be released?
Chris: Hopefully late Summer or early Fall.
9. Are you looking forward, to heading out on the road, for this miniature tour?
Chris: We always love touring. We get the chance to throw it back a bit and play some smaller rooms. Taking out some brand new bands as well as our long time friends in Sworn In.
10. Why did you want to do this mini run as opposed to a full fledged run?
Chris: It was not really our choice. Sometimes the political side of the music industry takes control. If we could, we’d tour 10 months out of the year but sometimes that's just not how it works out.
11. Since you have so many albums, does it keep getting more difficult to put together a setlist?
Chris: Kind of. With all the member changes we’ve gone through in the past, it’s kind of hard to learn some of the older stuff. Admittedly, there are a lot of songs we’ve never even attempted to play. I’d love for that to change in the future. As we’ve moved forward with a definitive lineup of people who are ambitious about learning the songs, it’s become a lot easier.
12. What can the fans expect to hear on this run, more of the old songs or new songs or both?
Chris: I think that just depends on how much the new music differs from the old. Might take some time, but eventually, we’d like to play a set of predominantly new songs.
13. How about the rest of this year, what can we expect to see from you guys?
Chris: Just finishing up the album right now and seeing what the rest of the year brings for us. Nothing set in stone but you will see LMTF on the road many in the U.S. times this year, as well as some international runs.