The Storm Society

The Storm Society

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
BandAlternativeRock

Loud, melodic guitars, and distinctive vocals creates glistening musical soundscapes which would sound equally at home in the darkest of underground clubs, as it would on the mainstage at any contemporary rock festival.

Biography

The Storm Society

“Ludicrously catchy, it froths over you in waves of melodic action… A mighty debut”. (MICKMERCER.COM)

Steeped in a rich musical heritage, and sounding like they come from a period in music where the “copy and paste” culture of the music industry just didn’t exist The Storm Society have a unique story just crying out to be told!

The story begins in Berlin, a couple of years back where Stuart (vocals) had been living for a few months. Drawn to the city because of its rich musical heritage, Stuart had been spending time hanging around at Hansa Studios – the studio used by many of his most profound musical influences, including The Killing Joke, who recorded there.

Hansa was also the studio where Bowie recorded the legendary “Heroes”.

On one of his frequent visits to local café Neues Ufer, (a regular haunt of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, while recording) a bizarre twist of fate brought the members of the band together. Whilst huddled quietly in a corner, Stuart was very surprised to hear familiar (and very loud) accents coming from the other side of the café. Rowdiness, shouting, drunk and mostly fighting – they could only be Scottish!

Synchronicity often seems to play a part in the formation of bands and bringing musicians together, and this was no exception. The other 4 guys who eventually joined the band were in Berlin on a stag party and managed to land in the same place as Stuart. In a further bizarre twist, Jim turned out to be a fan of Stuart’s previous band and recognised him immediately, causing them to spend the next 4 hours talking about all the music they love – The Psychedelic Furs, The Stranglers, The Killing Joke – all bands that turned out to be profound influences on the band’s music.

(As an interesting sidebar to this story, the 4 guys who were in Berlin on the stag party had no idea that the café they ventured into was actually very famous for being a gay café – they really never realised just how out of place they were!!!)

The band are Scottish, but met in a gay café in Berlin, just along the road from the place most of their heroes recorded – how could they do anything other than start a band!!!

Out of that initial meeting, The Storm Society was born, and their music is nothing short of astounding. Loud, melodic guitars, and distinctive vocals creates glistening musical soundscapes which would sound equally at home in the darkest of underground clubs, as it would on the mainstage at any contemporary rock festival.

With their debut album “Butterflies” already recorded (release date to be confirmed) the response so far has been positive from every quarter.

The album has been largely self produced, but also features tracks produced by the Legendary Pat Collier (Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Wonderstuff) and the late maverick Rich Haynes (Radiohead and Supergrass).

You can expect to be hearing a lot more from The Storm Society in the coming months.

The Storm Society are: Stuart Kemsley (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jim Frew (Guitar /Vocals), Garth Westland (Bass Vibrations /Vocals), Anthony Tobin (Guitar) and Barry Thomas (Drums).

Lyrics

Saint John's Point

Written By: Stuart Kemsley

SAINT JOHN'S POINT

Leaf through pages of your memories
in the margin's of every page are broken dreams
forever on celluloid forever at St. john's point
anything seemed possible
everything was wonderful

but you slip my mind again
you broke my heart again
at St. john's point
you broke my heart again
you slip my mind again
at St. john's point

we went to search for our lost ideals
but at St. john's point everything changed
no-one can take your memories
no-one can change their history
as i looked out to sea
you turned your back on me

who can i trust in this world
who can i trust in this world
who can i trust
who can i trust

who was saint john anyway
where has life taken you

21st Century Outlaw

Written By: Stuart Kemsley


21ST CENTURY OUTLAW

Life in the 21st century is a fluctuating economy!
Global uncertainty is the latest fashion accessory
Pennies from heaven but the sky fell down
Everything at our finger tip
The government has lost it's grip

In the 21st century
we're running on empty we need energy
In the 21st century
We're running on empty x2
In the 21st century
we're running on empty we need energy
In the 21st century
We're running on empty x2

In an age of apathy and lies
The kids in the the parks will cut you for a laugh
A society of self righteous animals
watch this on tv and make the end become a reality....
In the 21st century x 2

we're running on empty we need energy x2
In the 21st century x 2
We're running on empty x2

Life in the 21st century
I hail from the 21st century
Lies in The 21st century
I hail the 21st century

Miles Away

Written By: Stuart Kemsley

MILES AWAY

Reaching out for love
across the either
connecting bit still worlds apart
falling to the ground with a stranger
we're all slaves to circumstance
she's a touch away
on the highway of wires
she's a kiss away

she's miles away

late night calls when sleep won't come
frustrated and all along
locked inside your room with no doors
reality will be here soon

she's miles away

reach out across the sea of suffering and touch someone
oh why do you wait when you know it won't come
reach out across this space dividing the land and sea
reach out and touch her skin over the sea of suffering
oh why do you wait?

Discography

Debut Single: Coming April 2010.

Set List

21st Century Outlaw
I Could Have Been Anything
Reclamation
Skin On Skin
Miles Away
Broken
To The Lighthouse
St John's Point
Every Road Leads Back Home
Friends Today

This is typically a 50 min set but depending on the gig it can be shortened or lenghened by leaving out or adding songs from the bands catalogue.