Band/Artist: Rain Or Shine
Album Title: The Darkest Part Of Me
Label: Perris Records
Release Date: February 15th, 2019
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
‘The Darkest Part Of Me’ is the second release of Rain Or Shine, who is back with a more modern, but still very melodic album that can satisfy different tastes in music. Heavy rock riffs, up-lifting songs, melodic catchy ballads and huge backing vocals are a few things to expect in the ten new songs the band chose to include in their new release, proving that Rock Music ain’t dead yet.
Influences for the album:
Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Winger, Talisman
Rain Or Shine is a melodic hard rock band based in Athens, Greece and was formed in 2013 by Steve S.R. and Andy R. McCormick.
Steve S.R. is the lead singer, plays the guitars, bass and keyboards in the project and also works as a producer and a mixing engineer. Andy R.McCormick plays the drums and the percussion. They both have been involved in several bands such as ‘Wild Machine’, ‘Perfume’, ‘Sex-Rated’, ‘Embrace Fire’ and ‘Backstage Love’ just to name a few and performed on a series of live events with great success supporting names such as ‘Skid row’, ‘Gilby Clarke’, ‘Tigertailz’, ‘Devildriver’, ‘DRI’, ‘Rotting Christ’, ‘Septic Flesh’, ‘Crash Diet’ etc.
Steve studied classical guitar at an early age. At the age of fourteen he started playing the piano with a view to improving his knowledge in music theory. At the same time, he was practising electric guitar and bass. It was only a matter of time before he wrote his own songs and began recording his ideas. That motivated him to study sound engineering and work on his mixing skills. He’s been mainly influenced by band such as Bon Jovi, Giant, Winger and more modern acts such as Nickelback, Sixx A.M. etc.
Andy R. McCormick started studying piano and guitar, but soon stopped and took drum lessons at the age of 13. He played in numerous cover bands mainly in metal/rock genre. His main influences were Led Zeppelin, TOTO, Tower of Power, Steven Wilson just to name a few and definitely John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Lee, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gavin Harrison are still his main drum influences.
In 2013, Steve and Andy got into the studio to start recording their debut album ‘Seize the Night’. Steve composed, produced and mixed all of the songs and the album was mastered by Chris Snyder at Online Stockholm Mastering. It was released in April 2014, digitally, along with a lyric video of the single ‘Seize the Night’. Later, Rain Or Shine released a video performing an acoustic version of the song ‘Believe’. The album was later re-released in physical form by Lions Pride Music in April 2018. It received great reviews by several blogs and webzines.
In 2016, they once again got in the studio for the recordings of their second album called ‘The Darkest Part of Me’. Steve composed, arranged, produced and mixed the album for the following two years and it was finally mastered by John Mcris at Soundflakes Studios in June 2018. The band signed a deal with Perris Records for the release of their new album, which came out on Fenruary 15th, 2019. The band released two lyric videos for their first two new singles ‘Top Of The World’ and ‘Shot Of Life’.
Steve S.R.- vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Andy R. McCormick- drums, percussion