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Still Remains Will Remain


| by Justin Stover


metalcore band formed in 2001, released its first EP, Dying with a Smile, in 2003 and If Love Was Born to Die a year later. In 2005, Still Remains released its first


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full-length album, Of Love and Lunacy, on renowned metal label Roadrunner Records, then came the fame. In Tokyo, Japan, the


band played in front of close to 30,000 people at Loudpark Festival. “Oh my gosh ... it’s


F YOU’VE BEEN involved in the Grand Rapids’ music scene over the past 10 years, chances are you’ve heard of Still Remains. This critically acclaimed


bill,” he says. “People view the touring life as if it’s something of glamour, but it’s not. You’re always sick, there are a lot of expenses.” Add to that the overall difficulty of


keeping a band together. Eventually, things became too difficult and Still Remains dis- banded in 2008. In March of this year, the members joined


STILL REMAINS WSG BROTHERS, SHORES


such a rush,” says Frontman T.J. Miller. “You don’t even know what to do when you walk on the stage. It was just a sea of people. You don’t even see individual faces. You just see a blur. All you can think is, ‘I just gotta play these songs and do the best I can.” In 2007, Still Remains released The Serpent.


forces for a reunion show. Soon after, they made an announcement that they’d be getting together for good. There’s even the possibility of a new album. “It’s kind of been in the


AND OZENZA The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids Aug. 27, 8 p.m.; $10 pyramidschemebar.com


works. We’re not really sure what we’re gonna release yet. We’re not gonna limit ourselves, I don’t think, to writing a certain amount of songs,” Miller said. “I’m excited to be writing purely for enjoyment and


Fame continued to grow, but the demands of touring became a serious problem for everyone involved. “To be honest, as fun as touring is and


everything, you just can’t live when you’re in your late 20s, early 30s. You can’t pay your


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being creative,” Keyboardist Zachary Roth adds. “There is zero pressure this time around because it’s not our sole source of income. We all have jobs that we love, so we don’t need to bring any sort of financial stress into the creative realm.” Still Remains will be starting this new


chapter with a show at The Pyramid Scheme on Aug. 27. n


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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