Ask Still Remains, the young Grand Rapids, MI band about their sophomore full length The Serpent, what the last two years have been like, and they'll begin by telling you how much they've grown as people and musicians. "I've grown up a lot," explains vocalist T.J. Miller. "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."
A lot has happened with Still Remains since the band released their 2005 debut Of Love and Lunacy. Besides growing up both metaphorically and physically, they've toured America and Europe with acts like Trivium, Shadows Fall, Hawthorne Heights and Bullet for My Valentine. They've experienced things that most young bands might not even dream of, like performing before a sold out crowd at London's Brixton Academy. "I can't explain what it's like to wake up in another country at 2PM and step off the bus to a line of people who have been waiting all day for you so they can get your autograph," guitarist Jordan Whelan reflects. "Realizing that people appreciate what we've worked so hard at has just been an amazing experience."
With the recording of The Serpent barely behind them, the band is gearing up for a month long stint on the Van's Warped Tour, a jaunt that will take them across the U.S. and put them in front of faces who may just be getting their first taste of aggressive and melodic metal.