Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, three-piece hard rock unit Spoken have been playing since the late '90s, and over that period their sound has evolved from rapcore/metal to a more melodic, pop-based hard rock. Their ambitious new concept album Illusion, which dropped earlier this year, represents a creative turning point for the band and has won over a new group of fans.
Just before they set out on a tour this month with Volbeat and Danko Jones, we caught up with the Spoken crew – frontman Matt Baird, bassist Ryan Pei and drummer Oliver Crumpton – to talk about the reinvention of their sound, the making of the new album, and the influence of Rob Zombie on their early career. Of course we also had to know about the movies that freaked them out as kids – or as adults, for that matter – and they were happy to oblige. Check out our chat in the exclusive clip below!