Review: Sacred text for garage-rock collectors

Rising Storm playing at Andover dance, 1967. From left: Todd Cohen, Richard Weinberg, Tom Scheft, Tony Thompson, Charlie Rockwell (Bob Cohan not shown)

“A sacred text among New England garage rock collectors, and it’s not hard to see why … tight and confident … a potent stock of youthful energy … the band’s originals are the real high points … moody atmospheric numbers that walk a graceful line between folk-rock and psychedelic … ” [From review by Apple Music. To read more, click here.]

A garage gem that still rocks

Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, is a touchstone of a distinct time and its music. It also is a testament to that music’s timelessness: Fifty years after it was made, the album still resonates. Its 12 tracks — haunting ballads about heartbreak, upbeat dance tunes, and explosive rockers — all capture the spirit of the mid-’60s, and the innocence, longing, restlessness and sheer exuberance of adolescence. [In January 2018, Sundazed Music reissued Calm Before on vinyl and in CD format. It also is available on Apple Music. To read more, click here.]

Cult band from ‘garage’ called Phillips Academy

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

“The Rising Storm grew out of an impromptu jug band of Andover sophomores, soon teaching each other the guitar licks they taught themselves … it was the Rising Storm’s handful of dreamlike, sensitive-boy originals, largely inspired by the fantastical West Coast band Love, that set the group apart … On [January 12] the specialty label Sundazed reissues ‘Calm Before,’ the Rising Storm’s self-financed, ultra-rare debut album, recorded during the bandmates’ senior year at Andover.” [From feature story in The Boston Globe, 01.10.18. To read full article, click here.]