THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT, the musical assembly of minds between Grammy-nominated STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand and PARALANDRA vocalist/guitarist Casandra Carson, made its dwell debut on April 30 at The Riff in Springfield, Missouri. Becoming a member of Rand and Carson on the gig have been keyboardist/backing vocalist Diana Weishaar, bassist Jaron Gulino and drummer Celestino Ramirez.
Professionally filmed video of the “Purgatory” music efficiency from The Riff live performance might be seen beneath.
A number of days previous to the present, Carson commented on social media: “It is loopy to suppose that Josh and I began writing songs collectively 2 YEARS in the past and we’re lastly taking taking it to the stage! I could not be happier with the individuals we have chosen to affix us on this journey. Completely unimaginable musicians and throughout nice human beings (one in all which I could be slightly biased in direction of). Rehearsals have been going superb, and I actually cannot watch for you guys to see the present we have put collectively! See ya this Saturday in Springfield, MO at The Riff for THE LIFE PROJECT‘s dwell debut!”
In a current interview with HardDrive Radio‘s Lou Brutus, Rand said about THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT: “In a way, it was simply one thing that I began doing a few years in the past, simply writing music myself. After which I simply determined I wished to get a feminine vocalist, mainly, to work on these songs and sing on them. And I discovered Casandra by way of a mutual pal — really, STONE SOUR‘s A&R individual, Dave Rath — and we hit it off. After which we have simply been engaged on stuff for the final two years type of simply right here and there. Clearly, with COVID and all that stuff happening on the earth, it actually restricted going out, so there’s actually not been a want to do this up till just lately. So now we’re gonna find yourself being a full band and really play our first present April thirtieth in Springfield, Missouri, which I am actually enthusiastic about lastly getting again on the market. ‘Trigger for me, it has been a bit, I assume — like, three years — since I have been on a stage.
“So, that is actually what it is about,” he continued. “It is simply me musically making an attempt totally different stuff, but additionally getting again to the place I initially got here from, so far as my musical journey. So it is type of getting again to my roots and simply having enjoyable with it. That is what THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT is for me — it is a totally different automobile to specific myself, I assume, artistically with actually no boundaries, however leaning extra in direction of, musically, I feel, coming at it as an informed teenager. What I imply by that’s it is the fireplace of that teenager — that drive, that type of music that I used to be taking part in 30 years in the past — however now doing it with the expertise, the information and all that. So it is type of like revisiting the previous, in a method, or going residence in some methods.”
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT launched a brand new four-song EP, titled “Huge F.O.U.R.”, on March 18 by way of Bloodblast. The gathering encompasses a clutch of canopy variations, one every from heavy music’s pioneering icons METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX.
Rand beforehand said concerning the EP: “Recording a ‘Huge F.O.U.R.’ cowl EP is one thing that I’ve wished to do for a really very very long time, and final fall I made a decision to lastly do it with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT.
“With out these 4 bands (METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER),my musical profession would not be the place it’s right now. In some methods, you may say this challenge is paying homage to them or, how I see it, a return to the place it began in my mother and father’ home as a youngster making an attempt to be taught only a piece of the music.
“Every of the 4 songs that I picked have been pivotal in my growth as a musician, whether or not it was studying the intro to ‘One’ on guitar, drums on ‘Symphony [Of Destruction]’ or bass traces in ‘Caught In A Mosh’.
“This EP was a real love and fervour challenge for myself. I really feel I captured the vibe and the spirit of the unique however with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT sound. Hopefully you hear it too!”
Stylistically, THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT is a fluid mixture of basic metallic sensibility and Rand‘s penchant for pushing the boundaries of latest heavy.
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT‘s debut self-titled EP got here out final summer time and is accessible solely by way of the band’s webstore or by way of the Nuclear Blast retailer.
Josh and Casandra‘s debut single, “The Nothingness”, was featured on a number of main playlists throughout streaming platforms, together with Rock Laborious on Spotify, Breaking Steel on Apple Music, Break By means of Rock on Amazon and Steel Radar on Deezer. “The Nothingness” was additionally included on SiriusXM Octane‘s “Check Drive” present on launch.