Normally rock musicians spend their free time in tattoo parlors getting new ink. For Rains founder, vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Rains, he gave up a day job as a tattoo artist, to make music. This is one of the many stories behind the music of Rains, and perhaps why the band’s namesake chose Stories as the debut album’s title.
The Ft. Wayne, Indiana based quartet released Stories in 2009, and radio was quick to jump on the first single “Liar”. Now, two years and endless performances later, the second single “Look In My Eyes” is blowing up on radio, and the band has spent the entire fall on the Share The Welt Tour with Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains and Hatebreed. The biggest tour of 2011’s second half.
While not quite as heavy as their counterparts on the tour, Rains has held their own on the road, getting fantastic responses in each city. Granted, Jeff acknowledges playing a little heavier this tour, and jokes he’s afraid that heaviness may rub off on his songwriting for the next album.
Rains started this project a decade ago and has watched it slowly evolve into this what it is today, a band on the brink of breaking out. While his songwriting influences are expansive and eclectic, he is rooted in classic 70’s rock and the 90’s grunge scene. The mix of styles makes for great new music.
The Midwest family man is aching to get back into the studio where he says he has two albums worth of new material already to go. Jeff is a storyteller at heart, whether with ink, his voice, or his guitar he will continue share his art with the world, one fan at a time.
Shortly after Halloween, as the band prepared to perform back home in Indiana, before one of the biggest audiences of its career, Jeff took some down time to decompress and talk about the band’s past, present and future. We shared a few laughs, a couple of ghost stories, and much more.