The Stormalongs

The Stormalongs

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Like a mythical tale the Stormalongs came from deep within the woods & forged their art from inspiration & isolation. Years later they met in the urban sprawl & laid their fire down. Imagine waves through a forest of concrete; the sound of human thunder slamming against the walls of modern life.

Biography

After their thunderous first gig at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in July, 2007, Toronto had no choice but to sit up and take notice of THE STORMALONGS.

Their debut album, FELL LIKE BRICKS (2009), was the culmination of the band’s two years and 100-plus shows, and channelled the driving, hook-laden fuzz of their live set into a powerful 13-song suite that takes off like a rocket and never comes down. From the everyman fury of “Domicile”, “Kierkegaard” and the infectious “Weakness” through the burning understatement of “Days Alight” and “Elucidate”, FELL LIKE BRICKS proves THE STORMALONGS have come to play.

As expected for a band unafraid to count Sonic Youth and Queens of the Stone Age among their influences, rave reviews described the band and their debut as powerful, blistering, and high- energy. But they also said this:

Catchy. – CBC Radio 3

Uplifting. – AWMusic.ca

One of the best melodic albums of the year thus far. – Fazer Magazine

The songs on THE STORMALONGS’ second album, RAISE UP YOUR HEAD (2010) embrace a different swath of the band’s rock-and-roll pedigree, including solo Lennon, Neil Young and Smashing Pumpkins. It bridges the natural energy of the band members’ roots with the frenetic rush of their city, adding acoustic guitars, glockenspiel, harmonica and more. The buzz-saw guitars in “Beggars” give way to and vocal harmonies and virtuoso soloing on “Dark Blues” and “Cadence”, taking the band into uncharted, heavy mellow territory. Spacey, driving “Lay Your Fire Down” would not be out of place on The Wall or Who’s Next, and live favourites “Equinox” and “Iron Trees” keep this album in. the. red.

–Biography by Daniel Perry

Lyrics

Weakness

Written By: Colin James Gibson

I will never learn to embrace my weakness
I have no home and my options have run dry
There is no better world of faith and virtue
I’ll have a cigarette with my regret

But I know I can’t be felt
Deep inside I’m reaching out
I go crashing through your gates
Still to keep you wide awake

I have failed to keep you safe
I’m too high to hold it down
I squeeze these lines out and I never sleep
Losing hours and sneaking like a thief

But I know I can’t be felt
Deep inside I’m reaching out
I go crashing through your gates
Still to keep you wide awake

Try as you might you won’t hold us down

Watersong

Written By: Colin James Gibson

I’ve walked as far as I can
Through all my sorrow again
And you had that look in your eyes
Do you even know I’m alive?

I have forgotten my friends
Grey scars to leave or amend
Mourning comes out for a time
Sun burns like film in your mind

And no-one else will ever see
The distance that grows endlessly
I feel like my love has died
A beating drum, a soul to fight

Spirits don’t listen to me
I’ve been so shattered by beauty
If you took me home in the sun
I’d be so happy for once

But I’ll not return to that place
Time has made sand of my face
I’ll wash away with the waves
A drowned one that no-one can save

And no-one else will ever see
The distance that grows endlessly
I feel like my love has died
A beating drum, a soul to fight

Cadence

Written By: Colin James Gibson

So sweet this lingering in haze
Breathe out and step out from a daze
Cut corners, the message was relayed
See the borders and count up what remains

You will always awake for me in time
Catching up and breaking down the rhythm

We rest in corners of the rain
You draw me back into the flame
Sometimes becomes its own refrain
Fix your shoes dear, and count up what remains

You will always awake for me in time
Catching up and breaking down the rhythm

We were breaking down in rhythm…
We were breaking down in rhythm…
We were breaking down in rhythm…
We were breaking down in rhythm…

Equinox

Written By: Colin James Gibson

All I need is something
To take my head away
This train bears down faster
Whatever fare you pay

But we had nothing left to give
Stayed indoors and gave away the summer
No-one holds a knife to this
We kept it all and gave away the summer

Traveled to the wasteland
To bring our hero home
Nobody was strong enough
To carry on back their own

But we had nothing left to give
Stayed indoors and gave away the summer
No-one holds a knife to this
We kept it all and gave away the summer

Static

Written By: Colin James Gibson

Got up late, time was hiding
Broken days and spiral skylines
Stood in line to hear the dying
Beyond the cars like amplifiers

You’ve got the light in your mirror
I’ve got the darkness in mine
When you’ve lost it all it’s never nearer
Static scrapes the chords of better times

You were a boy but now you’ve grown
To see the light for what it’s shown
Walking home your jacket swallowed
Your heart and every single fire that you followed

Oh, the white noise brings you back
While your dreams are feeding back
It’s hard to know when you’re losing track
You lose the movement when you’re falling fast

Discography

The Stormalongs have released two LPs, FELL LIKE BRICKS (2009) and RAISE UP YOUR HEAD (2010) which were both recorded at Gas Station Studio on Toronto Island; produced and mixed by Dale Morningstar at Gas Station Studio; and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto. Both albums are available for purchase on iTunes and cdbaby.com. Select tracks are also available for free download at www.thestormalongs.com and for free streaming on CBC Radio3 and myspace.com.

Set List

On average set lengths are about 45 minutes, although we have well over 2 hours of well rehearsed original material. We also have unique cover versions of various artists including John Lennon, Neil Young, Arthur Crudup, Del Shannon, and the Black Keys.