One to Watch: Sanctus Real
- Stephanie Ottosen Contributing Writer
- 2003 1 Jan
Band 411: Matt Hammit—23 (guitar, vocals); Chris Rohman—22 (lead guitar); Steve Goodrum—23 (bass); Mark Graalman—24 (drums). Together since 1996, SR won a Best Band contest sponsored by a classic rock radio station, beating out 75 other hopefuls.
Current Digs: Toledo, Ohio
New Album: Say It Loud (Sparrow) released Dec. 24. Produced by Pete Stewart (Tait, tobyMac), the album features straight-up rock ‘n’ roll.
Fav Cuts: Musically, Hammit’s favorite is “Say It Loud,” the first single. “It’s energetic, fun and great to perform,” he says. But when it comes to lyrics, “After Today” wins. “I wrote the song after graduating high school in 1998, and we’ve recorded it three times now because we really love it,” says Hammit.
Road Map: Considering the number of mishaps, there’s no chance of these boys getting big egos after their first nationwide tour with “Festival con Dios.” According to Hammit, the band’s almost-new van “blew up” in San Francisco; and after taking it to a dealer and renting a car, a deer broadsided the rental. As if that weren’t enough, two weeks later Hammit dislocated his shoulder while on a motorcycle joyride with Robby McQuary—"Extreme Sports" rider on the con Dios circuit.
Touring Plus: “My favorite part about touring has been this incredible family we’ve developed on the road. Everyone really encourages and supports each other,” says Hammit.
Rock ’n’ Roll Idol: Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
Dream Tourmate: Weezer
New Year’s Resolution: Get in shape. “That’s the one thing I’d really like to do,” says Hammit. “I just struggle with discipline.”
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