About Still Remains
Still Remains formed in 2002 with an original lineup of singer T.J. Miller, guitarists Steve Schallert and Jordan Gilliam, keyboardist Zach Roth, bassist Evan Willey, and drummer Cameron Macintosh (soon replaced by A.J. Barrett). The band's chosen style is prominently using synthesizers alongside the unison-riff guitars. As a result, their music has a strong similarity to European symphonic power metal acts such as Nightwish, giving the group a strong following both on the Continent and among North American fans of the style.
Following a self-released EP debut, 2003's Dying with a Smile, Still Remains made their full-length debut with 2004's If Love Was Born to Die. The band's Roadrunner Records debut, Of Love and Lunacy was released in 2005.
After extensive tours in Europe and the United States, Still Remains worked with producer Steve Evetts to record their second studio album, 2007's The Serpent.
The Serpent was released on August 7, 2007 charting high on the mainstream Billboard album chart. The lead single, "Stay Captive", became a hit in the UK rock chart owing to extensive airplay on the Kerrang! TV channel. The second single released was "Dancing with the Enemy", which is also played on music channels.
"I feel like I've come into my own as a song writer. I haven't been afraid to write about things that I might have only alluded to on the last record. My lyrics have always been personal, but the new stuff is deeper, subjects I needed to and wanted to get out."
Produced by Steve Evetts (The Cure, Hatebreed) and mixed by Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head, ex-Soulfly guitars), The Serpent palatably demonstrates the culmination of the last two years of Still Remains' efforts and experiences. Together with T.J. and Jordan, guitarist / backup vocalist Mike Church, drummer Adrian "Bone" Green, keyboardist Ben Schauland and bassist Stephen Hetland, Still Remains has written their best music to date. "The creative process for this record was very different from the last one," explains T.J. " Jordan, Mike, Bone and I really worked together on this album. Everyone had input into all aspects of the recording process. Who we are, what we like and what we listen to shine through. This album is a true collaboration."
From touring the world to performing on the Roadrunner United album and in the once-in-a-lifetime showcase in New York City, an event Jordan, the youngest musician asked to participate, describes as "surreal," (a reference to sharing the stage with his heroes from Slipknot, Machine Head, HIM vocalist Ville Valo and others) Still Remains has achieved more than they could have imagined. It wasn't long after the release of Of Love and Lunacy, the band’s 2008 release, that the band played the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Massachusetts and then made their way to Europe where they performed in front of thousands at the U.K. 's famed Download Festival in Donington Park . "Up to that point, Download was the biggest crowd we'd ever played in front of," explains T.J. During the Of Love and Lunacy support cycle, the band made it back to Europe on three occasions, playing in over twelve countries and headlining sold out shows across the U.K. "Europe has always been an amazing place for us, particularly the U.K.," continues T.J. "The metal fans there just seem to get what we are doing."
Still Remains have combined talent and ambition to deliver a sonic wallop that will make the listener straighten up and pay attention from the first note.