Q&A :: Chris Roetter | Like Moths To Flames


Interview ::
W/ Chris Roetter

As tour rolled through one of Detroit’s finer venues, The Fillmore, we had a chance to wind down with Chris Roetter (frontman) of Like Moths To Flames. There was a calming presence being that the band was nearing the last few days of the Monster Energy “Outbreak” tour and were about to head to their home state. With several changes behind the scenes in 2014, Like Moths has been hovering just below the radar to regroup and prepare for 2015.

We talk with Chris about recent changes & highly-anticipated new music, which we all might get a taste of sooner than you think.

The Monster “Outbreak” tour seems to have treated you well, are you looking to get right back on the road in 2015 or are you taking your time on the step for LMTF?

Chris :: Tour has been incredible. After years of hitting the same market it becomes one of those things that begin to feel routine after a while. This run has been the exact opposite of that. I feel like we’ve had a great chance to meet and develop a bit of a new fan base as well as re-establish the fan base we may have lost during our recent down time. It has always been important for us to move forward in small steps. That being said, after this tour we are back to writing and recording. We are planning to record in late February/early March with hopes of getting a new record out during the summer months.


What is a perfect day at home after months spent on the road?

Chris :: There’s nothing better than getting to kick back, play some PS4 and throw on a good album. Tour keeps you pretty on the run, always on the go. So when I’m back at home it’s nice to relax and nerd out.


If you picked your dream tour, what would the line-up be?

Chris :: First off, I’d bring back Underoath and As Cities Burn for a little reunion. Throw in Senses Fail and Saosin and that would be my dream tour. Nothing would be better than touring with the bands that were influential to me when I was just starting out as a musician.


Real talk… it’s apparent that things have changed around the Like Moths camp. From members to management, how has this changed your outlook for 2015?

Chris :: You know, like most jobs I feel like there’s always a chance things can get a bit stagnant. Changing things up gives us a chance to try things differently. Gives us the opportunity to have a sense of renewal. It’s always hard losing members and trying to replace them. Same goes with managers and agents. It just seems to be one of those things that was necessary for us to continue as a band. When things hit a hard patch you’ve got to find a way to work through it. I see 2015 as being a big building year for the band. Getting the name of the band back in people’s ears and finally releasing some new music. Needless to say, I’m excited.



“I’d rather write about things that are true to me and hard to sing about sometimes, instead of writing transparent content that doesn’t mean anything to me.”


With the departure of Zach Houston, how will it effect the writing process moving forward?

Chris :: We grew so used to doing things a certain way, it will be nice to switch it up. This time we’re putting a lot more work into the pre-production stages of the recording process. Seems like it gives us all a bit more freedom to express our ideas, which is new for us.


It has been a year & a half since the release of “An Eye For An Eye”, is their talk of new music?

Chris :: Yeah, it’s one of those things where we just want to make sure it’s all in the right time frame. We have some material recorded and are just waiting for the right time to release it. Expect new music soon.



You seem to be in a good place personally… how the hell are you going to keep up with the dark ominous vibe that is LMTF?

Chris :: Easier said than done sometimes. I feel like a lot of the things we struggle with can be overcome by having a good mindset about it. We all go through stuff and honestly 2014 has been one of the toughest years of my life. The things we go through build character and in turn end up making me/us stronger and teach us how to deal with it. Writing about that kind of stuff or touching on the subject in songs helps me move forward. It helps keep things real. I’d rather write about things that are true to me and hard to sing about sometimes, instead of writing transparent content that doesn’t mean anything to me.

Not that change is ever easy, but are you at all excited about offsetting the balance you’ve been comfortable with on the past records?

Chris :: I’m looking at it as change being a good thing. Feel like we all had a fire relit and we are ready to work. Things became pretty stagnant so it’s good to see things come around. It was time for change.

If there was one thing you could do differently within the past few years, what would it be?

Chris :: As much as I’d love to change the past and do things differently, I can’t be anything but happy with where I am. Surrounded by some of my best friends with a lot of family and friends back home to support us while we do what we love. Always trying to live and learn.