Keeping the beat — in obscurity — for 50 years

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 making music for 50 years. Our 1967 album, Calm Before, is considered “one of the rarest and most respected garage band albums.” The Washington Post dubbed us “the most famous utterly obscure rock band in America.” And we were featured in a chapter in the 1998 book, Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll. [To read more, click here.]

Inspired chemistry, and a brilliant, iconic, legendary LP

The Rising Storm, Boston, 1992. From left: Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft, Bob Cohan, Charlie Rockwell, Richard Weinberg, Tony Thompson

“The Rising Storm are the best. Perhaps it’s because they dared to record originals at a time when most bands relied on cover versions of well-known songs. Perhaps it was the chemistry of the six band members. Certainly it was the times. Maybe it was all of these things, possibly none. All that really matters is that The Rising Storm left us a brilliant LP that continues to be cherished.” [To read more, click here.]

The band that opened for the band that opened for The Beatles

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

The Rising Storm got our musical start at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. In 1965, we began playing together in a jug band that enlisted every student in our sophomore dorm. The six of us soon banned together to form The Remnants, later rechristened The Rising Storm. [To read more, click here.]