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America’s ‘most famous utterly obscure rock band’

The Rising Storm, 1967. Clockwise from left: Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft, Bob Cohan, Richard Weinberg, Charlie Rockwell, Tony Thompson

The Rising Storm is a rock band that has been keeping the beat for over 50 years.

Calm Before, the album its six members recorded in 1967 while seniors in high school, is one of the most prized garage-band albums of all time. In 2016, a copy sold for $6,500.

The Storm — all six members still are active — has performed in London, Rotterdam, Hoboken and Boston, where they have played multiple times, including a set in 2014 during the Pipeline! concert series celebrating 50 years of Boston rock.

The Washington Post called the Storm “the most famous utterly obscure rock band in America.”

The All Music Guide to Rock ‘N’ Roll described Calm Before as “one of the rarest and most respected garage band albums.”

The Rising Storm, Maine, 2016. From left: Bob Cohan, Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft, Tony Thompson, Richard Weinberg, Charlie Rockwell

Richie Unterberger devoted a chapter to the band in his book, Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The band was the focus of a July 2017 feature story in The New York Times.

This fall, Sundazed Music will reissue Calm Before on vinyl and in CD format.

And a documentary movie about The Rising Storm and Calm Before is in the works.