Below are a couple of people who really inspired the band to be where where it is today.
Jimi Hendrix was one of Bryan F.'s big classic influences. His signature sound and licks weren't comparable to any other artist out there.
Blue Öyster Cult:
The Cult have had a huge influence on Bryan B.'s playing. The second he learned "Don't Fear the Reaper", his styles forever changed.
The Clash had a huge impact on Bryan F.'s playing. It gave a new sense of punk rock altogether.
Led Zeppelin was probably one of the biggest influences for Gateway. Their musical styles exceeded any and all standards.
Though not so obvious, Dream Theater is probably the biggest influence for Gateway. The styles and patterns used by them are so amazing and they do nothing but make us better every time we hear them.
Green Day is the reason Gateway became a band in the first place. We were hanging out in a basement playing "East Jesus Nowhere" and "St. Jimmy" all day. They still impact our musical styles today.
Red Hot Chili Peppers:
Not only the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their entirety, but this song have influenced all of us, but mostly Mike's bassing.
This one really applies to Bryan B. and L.I. Smalls. The odd guitar parts and the fast drumming really show what is to come for Gateway.
One of the most innovative bands out there. Every song is just different. You never know what will happen when these three guys write a song. Hopefully people will feel the same way about us. And the instrumentals are always top notch as well, special props to Chris Wolstenholme for inspiration.
Inspired Gateway's guitar riffs. A lot. Bryan B.'s guitar parts in a lot of our songs were inspired by Sum 41.