Friday, July 19, 2024

Storm Orchestra’s Bright Soul

Winding their way through and illuminating the belly of the underground Parisian music scene over the last few years have been three natives to the city, Storm Orchestra. Now, newly signed to Mascot Records, they have a new single out in ‘Bright Soul’.

Bright Soul’ was mixed by Grammy-winning Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters) and produced by Bertrand Poncet from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The song’s been described as evoking human beings’ perpetual inner struggle. “Each of us has a dark side, crystallizing our fears, wounds, and traumas that can extinguish our inner flame at any moment,” they explained.  
 
Singer and guitarist Maxime Goudard has opened up about his fear of letting his dark side take over the person he wants to be. His determination to fight for the best in himself being symbolised by the powerful riff that opens and closes the track.
 
Music has the power to unite and rejoice in the moment, creating moments of real beauty. Having known each other since childhood, Goudard alongside Adrien Richard (bass) and Loïc Fouquet (drums) are bound together by the struggles and triumphs that have taken them to this moment, “First and foremost, we stand for packing people in a room and make them have the best time altogether with loud music. We also have social concerns, and we stand for equality, environment and the voices of the people,” said the band. 
 
They explored these themes on their debut album, What A Time To Be Alive, that last year caught the attention of Mascot Records—home to Black Stone Cherry, P.O.D and Oxymorrons.

Storm Orchestra’s metallic alt-rock are said to set them apart from their contemporaries, albeit some might reference the likes of Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood, and Muse in the blending of the material.
 
As a then-unsigned band, they picked up an impressive combined 4 million streams, ending the year in a triumphant fashion as the Artist to Watch in 2024 by Spotify France and celebrities in the Top of the Rock: Best of 2023 and Deezer’s 2023 Rock playlists.
 
They’re seizing moment, and all of this is driven by high-intensity mosh-pit-inducing live shows. They’ve captured lightning in a bottle and are selling out clubs across France. It’s live where they feel they truly get to express themselves, “It’s really emotional to play to a full house of people—our fans, friends and family, celebrating our music! The party goes on all night.”
 
As their profile has been building, they’ve begun infiltrating festival stages and have not held back in taking them by storm. “Last Summer, we played our biggest show to date, a festival in front of 10,000 people who probably didn’t know us at first. We had to get them to realize what Storm Orchestra is about, and before long, they were all singing along to our songs. It was challenging and intense, but we connected with a lot of new fans.

We always come to a show with the biggest smile and a crazy load of energy. We want people to get energised, to let off steam, and leave wanting more. We are always exhausted right after the set; if not, it means something went wrong!”
 
Talking about signing to Mascot Records they added, “Signing to Mascot is the biggest opportunity in Storm Orchestra‘s career. Making music professionally has been a dream and a goal for many years. In the last few months, Mascot has been an incredible supportive force to help us make new music and reach new goals.”

Available digitally, check out the video to ‘Bright Soul’ here at RAMzine.

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Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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