The Rising Storm is an American rock group that was active at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, United States, between 1965 and 1967. Their music is considered to belong in the folk rock and garage rock genres. The original members of the group were Bob Cohan (guitar), Todd Cohen (bass), Charlie Rockwell (keyboards), Tom Scheft (drums), Tony Thompson (guitar, lead vocal), and Rich Weinberg (guitar, vocals).
The Rising Storm is most notable for their 1967 album, Calm Before, which is cited by rock and roll historian Richie Unterberger in Allmusic as being "one of the rarest and most respected garage band albums." Unterberger devoted a chapter of his 1998 book, Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll, to the Rising Storm. More than fifty years after the group's founding, mint copies of Calm Before can fetch four figure sums among vinyl record collectors interested in the garage rock era.
The notoriety of this rare album has been the subject of articles in the Boston Globe,Boston Magazine, the Washington Post,Mojo Magazine, and a feature on NPR's All Things Considered. In addition to Calm Before and the many authorized and unauthorized reissues it has spawned, the Rising Storm has released two other albums, Alive Again at Andover in 1983 and Second Wind in 1999.
The band is still active and has reunited to perform on multiple occasions: in 1981, when they played at The Rathskeller in Boston, with songwriter and record producer Andy Paley sitting in for Cohen on bass; in 1982, when they played at their 15th class reunion in Andover; in 1992, when they played at their 25th class reunion and gigs at T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge, MA and Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ; in 1999, when they opened for the first Boston reunion of The Remains at the Paradise Rock Club; in 2002, when they played at their 35th class reunion; in 2007, when they played at the Dirty Water Club in London and opened for the Yardbirds at the Primitive Festival in Rotterdam, with progressive musician and composer Erik Lindgren on bass; in 2014, when they performed at the WMBR Pipeline 25 Festival, celebrating "50 Years of Boston Rock", with Cohen returning as the group's bass player; and in June 2017, when they returned to Andover to play for the 50th reunion of the Phillips Academy Class of 1967, an event that was chronicled by a feature story in The New York Times.