orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 22, 2013

Rock band Halestorm looks to continue success in 2013

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

HOUSTON — Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm have returned to Texas for another round of shows as the band continues it mission of ruling the rock world.

Halestorm is back in Houston this Wednesday night at the House of Blues as the special guest to Bullet for My Valentine as “The Hard Drive Tour” continues its march across the United States. Tickets are $29.99 and $39.99 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Opening acts include Young Guns and Stars in Stereo and the doors open at 6 p.m.

Halestorm, which features Lzzy Hale, vocals and guitar; Arejay Hale, drums; Joe Hottinger, guitar; and Josh Smith, bass, is touring in support of its April 2012 release, “The Strange Case Of...” The band shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it seems as momentum is still building for the band and this album.

“It definitely seems that way,” Hale said during a telephone interview when asked the question. “The album hit really quick and then kind of leveled out, so to speak, but it really seemed to pick up again later in the year. Next thing you know, we’re being nominated for a Grammy award and then we won it. It’s been a good year so far.”

Halestorm won a Grammy award in 2013 for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” and Hale couldn’t have been more happy.

“The Academy shouldn’t even know who we are,” Hale said with a laugh. “It’s a tremendous honor, but, what this really is, it’s validation. It’s validation for us, for our (Arejay and Lzzy’s) parents weren’t crazy for all of these music lessons and everyone for giving us a leg up when we first got started.”

Hale said “The Strange Case Of...” has been a record she is proud of and has turned out to be just what the band hoped it could be.

“The difference between this album and our first is so amazing,” she explained. “I took some big risks on this CD with my lyrics and my vocals, but it’s been validated by the amount of people coming to our shows from the 14-year-old teenage girls to 40-something-rockers. It’s become a circus at times but it really has been an incredible experience.”

The band has already released the singles “Love Bites (So Do I),” “I Miss the Misery,” “Freak Like Me,” and is looking to release another as the group has no plans on slowing just yet.

“I’ve been writing for the next record already, but there’s no real time-table for it yet,” she added before laughing. “We’re the type of band which works well under a deadline anyway. Right now, we write some songs when we get time and go out and play as much as possible. It’s so unpredictable being on the road too.”

To help satisfy fans between albums, Halestorm released “Reanimate: The Covers EP” in March 2011, a digital only release which contained the band’s versions of songs by Skid Row, Guns ‘n Roses, Heart, Temple of the Dog and even Lady Gaga. Hale confirmed rumors that the band was indeed planning such a release again for it’s fans this year.

“We’re definitely going to do that again,” she said. “We got some great ones picked out and some songs we pulled off that really surprised us. I wish I could tell you what they are, but I can’t yet. It will probably be this summer before we can release it.”

In the mean time, Halestorm will continue performing on any stage with any band it can because it’s all in the name of rock and roll.

“We’re going to squeeze the life out of this record,” Hale said. “We’re going to keep touring until we know it’s time to get back in the studio. I can guarantee you there will be a third record. We just don’t know when yet.”