Video of THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT, the musical meeting of minds between Grammy-nominated STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand and PARALANDRA vocalist/guitarist Casandra Carson, performing a cover of MEGADETH‘s “Symphony Of Destruction” during its concert Thursday night (August 4) at xBk Live in Des Moines, Iowa can be seen below. Also available is a pre-show audio interview with Andy Hall of the Des Moines radio station Lazer 103.3.
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT will support ALICE IN CHAINS, BREAKING BENJAMIN and BUSH on around a dozen U.S. dates later this month.
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT made its live debut on April 30 at The Riff in Springfield, Missouri. Joining Rand and Carson at the gig were keyboardist/backing vocalist Diana Weishaar, bassist Jaron Gulino and drummer Celestino Ramirez.
Several days prior to the show, Carson commented on social media: “It’s crazy to think that Josh and I started writing songs together 2 YEARS ago and we’re finally taking taking it to the stage! I couldn’t be happier with the people we’ve chosen to join us on this journey. Absolutely incredible musicians and all around great human beings (one of which I might be a little biased towards).”
In a recent interview with HardDrive Radio‘s Lou Brutus, Rand stated about THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT: “In a sense, it was just something that I started doing a couple of years ago, just writing music myself. And then I just decided I wanted to get a female vocalist, basically, to work on these songs and sing on them. And I found Casandra through a mutual friend — actually, STONE SOUR‘s A&R person, Dave Rath — and we hit it off. And then we’ve just been working on stuff for the last two years kind of just here and there. Obviously, with COVID and all that stuff going on in the world, it really restricted going out, so there’s really not been a desire to do that up until recently. So now we’re gonna end up being a full band and actually play our first show, which I’m really excited about finally getting back out there. ‘Cause for me, it’s been a bit, I guess — like, three years — since I’ve been on a stage.
“So, that’s really what it’s about,” he continued. “It’s just me musically trying different stuff, but also getting back to where I originally came from, as far as my musical journey. So it’s kind of getting back to my roots and just having fun with it. That’s what THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT is for me — it’s a different vehicle to express myself, I guess, artistically with truly no boundaries, but leaning more towards, musically, I think, coming at it as an educated teenager. What I mean by that is it’s the fire of that teenager — that drive, that style of music that I was playing 30 years ago — but now doing it with the experience, the knowledge and all that. So it’s kind of like revisiting the past, in a way, or going home in some ways.”
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT released a new four-song EP, titled “Big F.O.U.R.”, in March via Bloodblast. The collection features a clutch of cover versions, one each from heavy music’s pioneering icons METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX.
Rand previously stated about the EP: “Recording a ‘Big F.O.U.R.’ cover EP is something that I have wanted to do for a very very long time, and last fall I decided to finally do it with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT.
“Without these four bands (METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER),my musical career wouldn’t be where it is today. In some ways, you could say this project is paying homage to them or, how I see it, a return to where it all started in my parents’ house as a teenager trying to learn just a piece of the music.
“Each of the four songs that I picked were pivotal in my development as a musician, whether it was learning the intro to ‘One’ on guitar, drums on ‘Symphony [Of Destruction]’ or bass lines in ‘Caught In A Mosh’.
“This EP was a true love and passion project for myself. I feel I captured the vibe and the spirit of the original but with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT sound. Hopefully you hear it too!”
Stylistically, THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT is a fluid combination of classic metal sensibility and Rand‘s penchant for pushing the boundaries of contemporary heavy.
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT‘s debut self-titled EP came out in the summer of 2021 and is available exclusively through the band’s webstore or via the Nuclear Blast store.
Josh and Casandra‘s debut single, “The Nothingness”, was featured on several major playlists across streaming platforms, including Rock Hard on Spotify, Breaking Metal on Apple Music, Break Through Rock on Amazon and Metal Radar on Deezer. “The Nothingness” was also included on SiriusXM Octane‘s “Test Drive” show on release.