The Treatment were formed in 2008, when founder member drummer Dhani Mansworth was still at school in Cambridge. Although only 15 at the time he already had a clear vision of the kind of band he
wanted to form. Having grown up on a diet of ACDC, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith he began to put the band together under the watchful eye of his father guitarist and manager Laurie Mansworth (More,
The fresh-faced guitarist, Ben Brookland kindly took timeout to answer our questions.
THE TREATMENT Q&A
Q: Describe The Treatment’s sound?
BB: We take our motivation from a complete cross section of bands and try and mould them into a high energy rock sound, a mix of old and new.
Q: How did you all meet?
BB: We all met through Dhani who formed the band. They are all cool guys and we all share similar music taste
Q: What’s your current favourite song you like to perform live?
BB: Shake The Mountain has a great groove, and usually the audience is singing it back by the second chorus - I like that
Q: What on stage antics will the audience experience from you guys at this year’s Sonisphere Festival?
BB: They will experience a high energy, no-nonsense rock show
Q: Tell me about your fans, what are they like?
BB: Our fans are great and very dedicated. We have a real one-to-one relationship with them.
Q: Do you have any bizarre fan moments?
BB: Yeah, one guy got our old band's name tattooed on his leg... a week later we changed it to The Treatment.
Q: Is there a musician who inspired you to become a musician?
BB: Keef Richards made me want to pick up the guitar
Q: What inspires your music?
BB: Woman, beer, cars and sex. Our favourite combinations.
Q: How do you write your songs?
BB: It's like any band, ideas seem to come out of thin air. Someone will have a spark of an idea and then it becomes a song
Q: What do you think about the state of metal music at the moment?
BB: I think it's a healthy time for music across the board
Q: What have you learnt most about being a musician?
BB: Expect anything at anytime
Q: When you were starting out what kind of job did you have to do to make ends meet?
BB: I worked as a van driver for a while - yes that was me in that white van, (sorry!!)/p> Q: What's your hometown like that you grew up in?
BB: I grew up in Tadley, just outside Ready. It's a very quiet place
Q: Where do you like to “hang out”?
BB: We all hang out together mainly in Sheesha Bar
Q: How old are you and the rest of the band members?
BB: I am the oldest at 20, the other guys are 17 and 18
Q: What music did your parents listen to when you were growing up?
BB: to be honest I picked up my own music taste, although my dad did play me The Stones at an early age
Q: Did play any musical instruments growing up?
BB: No the guitar was my first instrument
Q: Who were your music teachers and did they have any influence on your style?
BB: I am self taught, I developed my playing from listening to music.
Q: What was the first metal album you ever bought?
BB: Appetite For Destruction was the first album I ever bought, not sure if you could call that metal though
Q: Who’s got the worst habit in the band?
Q: What’s on The Treatment’s rider for Sonisphere Festival?
BB: Hopefully Jagermeister
Q: What’s your favourite drink
Q: What is the most rock and roll thing you’d like to buy or do?
BB: I'd like to be in a room full of incredible looking women
Q: After Sonisphere Festival what’s next for The Treatment?
BB: Hopefully lots more gigs... then world domination (lol)