Halestorm headlines Thursday at Canalside - VIDEO
blog by Steve Wilger • August 08, 2013 @ 9:13am
Before emerging with its first major-label EP, “One and Done” in 2005, Halestorm got its start as a musical project between siblings Arejay and Elizabeth, aka “Lzzy” Hale, in 1997.
With bassist Josh Smith and drummer Joe Hottinger, the band was signed to Atlantic Records and would come to release its self-titled debut album in 2009. With the premier single, “I Get Off,” Halestorm made it to No. 17 on the Billboard Rock charts.
Dangerdog’s Craig Martranft, who gave the album a score of 4.75 out of 5, commented, “Halestorm is essentially straight up leather meets torn jeans aggressive hard rock with sound and enjoyable arrangements, compelling and soaring vocals from Lzzy Hale, and cohesive and blistering musicianship from the rest of the band. If you can ignore the ludicrous album cover art, a great treasure lies within.”
Halestorm’s follow-up record, 2012’s “The Strange Case of…”, garnered the group its first Grammy Award when lead single “Love Bites (So Do I)” won for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.
The band recently premiered the music video for their latest single, “Here’s to Us,” a song that was previously featured on the television series “Glee” in 2012 with altered lyrics.
In an interview with UR Chicago, Lzzy Hale revealed that she had begun writing and recording demos for the next Halestorm album while on the current tour.
“I’ve kind of reverted back to when I was 14 or 15-years-old when we first started the band. I wasn’t thinking about radio or a catchy song or is the label going to like it or is this going to make it to number one or is this going to appeal to the masses,” she said. “I feel like the songs I’m writing now are more personal and more about things that are closer to me.”