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Storm film to be shown at Santa Cruz Film Festival

It’s been called “a meditation on creativity, luck, and the passage of time.” calm before… the rising storm, a 30-minute documentary on Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, will be shown October 6 at the Santa Cruz … Continue reading

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Storm movie honored at film festival

calm before … the rising storm, a 30-minute documentary about The Rising Storm and its 1967 album, Calm Before, received first place in the documentary short film category at the second annual Jukebox International Film Festival this week in Carson … Continue reading

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Storm documentary to premiere at film festival

Calm Before …The Rising Storm, a 30-minute documentary about The Rising Storm and its 1967 album, Calm Before, will have its premiere at the second annual Jukebox International Film Festival scheduled for August 23-24 in Carson City, Nev. The documentary … Continue reading

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‘Unconstrained magic’ … a ‘masterpiece’

“One of the best albums of 1967 was a prep school souvenir known only to a few hundred people in New England at the time…Unfettered by any commercial constraints or musical ambitions extending beyond the remaining months of the school … Continue reading

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Calm Before ranked among most valuable vinyl records

Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, was ranked by MSN (Microsoft News) among the 52 most valuable vinyl records. The most valuable, No. 52, was Yesterday and Today by The Beatles. Calm Before was ranked No. 30. … Continue reading

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Storm song featured in Evan Rachel Wood movie

“Frozen Laughter,” an original song from Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, is featured in Allure, a new movie featuring Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Tony Thompson, the band’s leader, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and performed by … Continue reading

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Kickstarter drive for Storm movie

The director and producer of a 30-minute movie about Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to support production costs. To see the short trailer for the campaign, click here.

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Review: One of the most enthralling, evocative, sought-after ’60s rock albums

Calm Before, the spine-tingling 1967 album by The Rising Storm, is a delightful smorgasboard of colours and sounds, primal rock ‘n’ roll, haunting pop melancholia, and atmospheric, at times proto-psychedelic-tinged, beat….Justifiably hailed as one of the period’s most significant recordings. … Continue reading

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Garage rockers emerged from ’60s prep-school jug band

What began as a jug band in a prep-school dorm in the 1960s led to a rock band that produced an album in 1967 that has gained worldwide recognition, a cult following, a reissue of the album, and a documentary … Continue reading

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Taste of magic … rare grooves of vinyl

“Hardcore fans of unknown 60s psych and garage all search for that taste of magic once committed to rare grooves of vinyl, a glimpse into an era when any rock combo with a few fans could get enough studio time … Continue reading

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Review: Subtle, moody shade of folk rock

“Fans of unknown ’60s psych are always searching for a rare glimpse into an era when any rock combo with a few fans could score enough studio time to immortalize a set of primitives sounds. They’ll get their fix with … Continue reading

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Review: Rare gem — raucous, raw, delicate

“What makes the record so great is how seamlessly this super young band – who were still in high school when they made it– manages to so seamlessly blend raucous garage rock, raw psych, and some surprisingly delicate melodies all … Continue reading

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Review: Forgotten album that really lives up to the myth-building

“Calm Before commits such unhip-in-’67 crimes as loading up on the soul and blues covers that no longer cut the mustard in the year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band … This group of high school kids effortlessly transform … Continue reading

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Incalculably rare…now available on back-to-vinyl

“Impeccable taste…tight harmonies….top-notch instrumentation…This mid 1960s album by a bunch of upper class northeastern schoolboys is better than you might think. Ace covers and surprisingly sturdy original tunes.” [From a review by Bill Kopp for Schoolkids Records’ Blurt. To read … Continue reading

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The stuff of legend

“One of the true ’60s garage band artefacts … Critically acclaimed … A moody classic … Not bad for a vanity pressing made by a bunch of 17-year-old prep school boys … Fifty years on, The Rising Storm’s naivety, spontaneity … Continue reading

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Review: Sacred text for garage-rock collectors

“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 … Continue reading

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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 — … Continue reading

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Cult band from ‘garage’ called Phillips Academy

“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 … Continue reading

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New video promotes reissue of Calm Before

Sundazed Music on January 12 will re-issue Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, on vinyl and in CD format. Sundazed has produced a short video promoting the reissue of the album. To watch it, click here.

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‘Unfathomably rare’ LP set for re-release

In January 2018, Sundazed Music will reissue Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm that Sundazed calls “one of the rarest rock & roll records ever made.” To read more, click here.

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Cult following? Rock stardom was not the plan

“Thanks to vintage record collectors, the Rising Storm, a band that recorded its first album 50 years ago, is reliving a dream that began in prep school.” ” [From article in The New York Times. To read full article, click … Continue reading

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Review: One of the most essential albums in ages

“The official line is it’s ‘a sentimental journey through folk pop, DIT, new wave and micro presses 1961 to 1991’ but it seems like so much more now. It’s a compilation really like no other and is sure to get … Continue reading

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Review: Unequivocally stunning collection of heartbroken songs

“This heartfelt compilation is a true labor of love…culled from rare private and vanity pressings spanning 30 years. Despite this large window of time, Sky Girl is masterfully sequenced, and eclecticism works in its favor rather than detracting from its … Continue reading

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Review: Controlled frenzy…a thin film of psychedelia

“If you have an original copy of this record, you ought to encase it in 15 sheets of mylar and lock it up in the safe, as garage rock hounds are probably sniffing you down as you read this…Typically, impossibly … Continue reading

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Review: Fuzz-induced teenaged snarl… beautiful, mellow ballads

“This long-time collectors item was recorded by a group of six guys while they were attending Phillips Academy over here on the east coast, right up in Andover, Massachusetts…the band can pummel along with fuzz-induced teenaged snarl and also play … Continue reading

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Review: An obscure classic…fragile, colorful charm

“One tries to imagine what kind of garage the boys of the Rising Storm played in. Padded, flowered, wood-paneled? With crochet rugs? Smoking hookahs? They have a slightly hippie look, these six, on the cover of the album Calm Before, … Continue reading

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Review: One of finest, most important ’60s LPs

“Calm Before remains one of the finest and most important LPs by a US ’60s group, never mind one that was still attending high school when it was released … broodingly and sensationally played out … mix of deep beat-pop introspection and thoroughly … Continue reading

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Review: Compilation of little-known gems

“It’s that ineffable sense of longing, loss and melancholy that gives every song on Sky Girl its haunted pall. Lyrical allusions suggest the intangible, be they dreams, ghosts, or the loss of love.” [The compilation includes “Frozen Laughter” from Calm Before, the 1967 … Continue reading

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Review: ’60s single that never was

“…one of the most enjoyable and compelling albums of the era…’I’m Coming Home’ is a tough, garagey rocker…’She Loved Me’ has a moodier sound bolstered by plaintive harmonies, fuzz guitar, a shimmying tambourine, and an all-time  favorite organ solo.” To … Continue reading

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Review: Exhilarating, exceptional

“‘I’m Coming Home’ is a strident blast of hard-edged garage-beat/punk with aural attitude worthy of a nod to the Stones, Yardbirds…’She Loved Me’ is one of the all-time most perfect examples of New England’s supremely moody mid-60s teen scene style. … Continue reading

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Two favorite originals from a garage-rock classic

“Calm Before is a timeless masterpiece that contains five dazzling originals, a number of obscure covers that could be easily mistaken for Rising Storm compositions, and a few rock standards that are performed in a new and compelling way. The … Continue reading

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Keeping the beat — in obscurity — for 50 years

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 … Continue reading

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Inspired chemistry, and a brilliant, iconic, legendary LP

“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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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