Rob caught up with Josh
Storm from Halestorm to talk about their current
uk tour, their covers EP, their forthcoming third
studio album much more.
are currently towards the end of your headline
tour of the UK, how have you been finding the
tour so far?
Josh, Bass) The shows have been remarkable, we
have been completely blown away by the support
we have been getting, we have been off the road
for 3 months, writing, getting some more material
together so we have been itching to get back out
on the road.
have Dayshell and The Smoking Hearts supporting
you on tour, how have you found touring with them?
They're great, they are wonderful people, Dayshell
are American counterparts, they're good dudes.
The first show in Newcastle, we invited everyone
into our dressing room for drinks, on some tours
it seems there's a distance between the head-liners
and the rest of the bands, then you get to know
people, it's like why didn't we hang out a month
ago (laughs) so the first night we broke the ice
with everyone. We knew Calvin Roffey from The
Smoking Hearts for some time now because he works
with Bullet For My Valentine, and the rest of
his band are super cool.
can we expect from your show tonight?
A little bit of everything, it's gonna be rock
show, we have changed the set list around a little
bit, we haven't been on tour in months so we are
getting used to some things, ultimately not making
do with what we have, we are playing a lot of
stuff from our first and second record, a few
cover songs, and we are trying out a new song.
We still send Arejay out there for 5 minutes to
go nuts (laughs)
the UK shows you are heading out on tour in mainland
Europe are you looking forward to playing any
country’s or city’s more than others?
Yeah there definitely are, the last time we were
over here, some more people caught on, in the
UK you people caught on so quickly and you come
out and sell out clubs, its unbelievable but on
mainland Europe its taken a while, I'm not sure
if it's a culture or language barrier, but it's
slower, a little behind but not in a bad way it's
just how it is, touring in the UK is now on par
with the US. Germany is starting to pick up now,
the Scandinavian countries are the same, Sweden
is catching up too. I'm looking forward to all
of them to see where we are at, to see how far
we have come in 5 months from the last tour. I
love Paris, Milan is a blast, Zurich is awesome,
Vienna is very cool, it's gonna be amazing.
have just released your second covers EP ‘Reanimate
2.0’ in the UK, what has the response been
like from your fans and the press?
It's been really great, they are fun to do, it's
something to get out while we are in the middle
of a tour, the response here has been awesome,
'Get Lucky' has got some airplay, we like those
songs, we enjoy playing them but we don't do them
with the expectation to push them as singles,
we learn why these songs are successful and how
they are successful, then we put our own little
spin on it, and the comments on them have been
good, which is cool.
it comes to doing covers you have a good diverse
collection, how do you go about choosing songs
to cover? And what would you say your favourite
cover is so far?
I really enjoy playing 'Straight Through The Heart'
by Dio, If we do another covers album, we get
a list together, an email thread, which includes
our team at our label, management, friends and
family and our fans of course, we put the question
to them for what works, we get a massive list
of songs, we then start cutting songs out and
narrowing down to the final choice, it takes a
few months, our fans pick. On the first one, Lady
gaga, they wanted us to do that, it was like really?
That's what you want us to do, then some people
said why are you doing that?, well you asked us!
also have a cover of ‘Straight Through The
Heart’ featured on the recently released
Dio tribute album, how did this come about? And
how does it feel to apart of such an important
album release for a really good cause.
Honestly, it came about a few months prior to
recording the covers album, our manager Vinnie,
he was very close to Ronnie growing up, he would
call him Uncle Ronnie, he was a big part of his
life, he was the one who suggested the song to
us. We started playing it live long before we
recorded, then we recorded it for the covers EP,
in the meantime Wendy Dio got hold of it, then
got in contact with our management and wanted
to put it on the tribute album.
released your second studio album ‘The Strange
Case Of’ back in April 2012, the album was
a huge success for you gaining great response
from your fans and the press and also lead to
a pretty hectic touring schedule but what has
been your main highlight from the whole cycle?
2013 was amazing for us, we started off the year
getting nominated for a Grammy, going out to LA
to record the Reanimate EP, did the Jimmy Kimmle
show, won the Grammy, which we are so grateful
for, the other big thing was going to new places
on tour, like Russia, we did a lap of the world,
we said yes to a lot of things, maybe we said
yes a little too much but it was great, so many
perks and high points, we are having a great time
and it doesn't look like we have lost any momentum
in our down time.
understand that you started the year off with
working on material for your forthcoming third
studio album, how has that been going and what
can you tell us about it?
It's been going great we have been writing every
day, it's going very well now, we are starting
to get an idea where the direction is going to
go, but it takes time, we write when we get excited
at any given time, that manifests itself one day
writing a Tom Petty sort of song, a Country or
a ballad, it could end up a great song, there
was a lot of great songs in the first two months,but
it was a case of where are we going with this,
but now we are honing in on a direction we are
excited in the way its going. I can't think of
any word to define it as of yet, that keystone
to the album, but a hint to the album direction
is the song we have been playing live called 'Mayhem',
it's a fast one and it seems to get the crowd
you met someone who had never heard of Halestorm
what one song would you ask them to listen to,
to understand what the band are all about?
I think 'Miss The Misery', I enjoy playing it
live, even after we pushed it as a single it took
on a life of it's own, I'd say that's a pretty
do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Unfortunately we are not doing any festivals over
here, we're taking a year off from it, so look
for us in 2015, the back quarter of this year
hasn't been allocated yet, but the main focus
this year is writing and getting new material
out, after this we are gonna try and nail down
a producer and date to get into the studio to
record and then do some fly shows state side in
between recording, hopefully at the end of this
we will do a small tour and test out some new
material on the road and go from there, then in
2015 get on a bus or plane and tour for a while.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a Zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
A heterosexual Giraffe (laughs) what comes to
my head right now is a scene from Gladiator, where
Proximo is arguing with a merchant about being
sold queer giraffes (laughs) apparently a lot
of giraffes are homosexual creatures, but I like
giraffes, plus you don't see videos of them being
eaten and they are tall.
for your time is there a message for your fans
Thank you so much for the support, we are gonna
be back on tour sooner rather than later, and
we hope you like the new material, we cant wait
to come back here and party with you again,
you guys know how to party.
Interview by Robert Lawrence