SHALLOW SIDE; ALABAMA ROCKERS BREAKING INTO THE ROCK SCENE STRONG WITH EP ONE BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
Energy and excitement is missing in rock music says 4-piece rock band SHALLOW SIDE. The Alabama bred rockers are trying to bring the fun days of rock n roll back into the mindsets of fans and music lovers worldwide with the band’s newest EP entitled ONE. The band have been playing together for a bit now since they formed in 2010. Since then they have released some Eps, been named Loud Wires best new artist of the year, got a lifetime fan of Tommy Shaw of Styx, who said the arrangements this band does especially on the cover of RENEGADE were impressive. I agree with Mr. Shaw this band knows how to create music, talent doesn’t even begin to explain it. The guys are young and have a bright future ahead of them. When I was introduced to them I looked up the band’s first single off this EP called REBEL and the vibe and tone of the song just really made me a fan off the bat. They are not doing anything off the grid with the music but the way they bleed together choruses and verses and just make you move your body and soul with carefree rock music, it really re-created the fun scene of yesterday in rock Like I said ONE has some great tracks on it and the single really gives you a good feel of what you are going to get from the rest of the album. But my total favorite song as of right now has to be CAN YOUHEAR ME. It has an upbeat groove to it and melodic as hell, sassy with tons of attitude and when the chorus kicks in you are going to be moving and singing along and just letting the stress of everyday life just escape your soul. FIGHT OR FLIGHT is the heavier track on the EP but still grooves with melody and vocals that bring you through a story of committing and being strong in your passions. START A FIRE and WE ROLL is swanky with southern charm, sexy vocals and bluesy after tones. This band knows what diversity of rock is and it just bleeds a little on this EP. Very excited about the tour plans and hope they make it to New England along with new full length album coming out in the future. I was able to chat with the guys after the bands record release party. Hope you enjoy these boys as much as I have this far…..
BEING FROM ALABAMA AND THE SOUTH MUSIC SCENE WHAT INSPIRED YOU GUYS TO GET A BAND TOGETHER AND START CREATING THE ROCK MUSIC YOU DO?
We started playing together shortly after high school. Seth, Eric, and Myself (Heath) all went to high school together and we started having jam sessions purely for fun. It just kind of snowballed the longer we played and we ran into our bass player Cody at a local show and he informed us that he was going to be in the band. It didn’t take very long for us to click. I think one of catalysts for the band was actually the fact that there was not a music scene locally at the time the band formed in late 2010. We had to build our own scene from the ground up, so that definitely was a big factor seeing all of our dedication and hard work start to develop a scene.
I READ THAT YOU GUYS WERE HONORED WITH THE LOUDWIRES BEST NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD. HOW WAS THAT FOR YOU GUYS AND HOW HAVE YOU BUILT ON THAT SINCE YOU GOT HONORED WITH IT?
It is an incredible honor to even be mentioned with such talent. Our fans, which we call Family, are very dedicated and we cannot be gracious enough to have all the incredible people on our team. It is an amazing honor to join the likes of previous winners such as Baby Metal, Saint Asonia, and Deuce. Loudwire is a fantastic media outlet and has a massive reach, so it has helped get our music and videos out to far more people and to people who may have never heard of SHALLOW SIDE if it was not for Loudwire.
NEW EP ONE JUST GOT RELEASED HOW HAS IT BEEN RECEIVED THIS FAR AND HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU GUYS GREW AS A BAND ON THIS NEW ONE?
The new EP “ONE” has been getting very nice reviews. We wanted to display a little more of a broad spectrum sonically than our two previous EPs and it has been perceived very well. We are stoked for an extensive tour cycle from this EP.
FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS NEVER HEARD OF SHALLOW SIDE WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU GUYS BRING TO THE TABLE THAT DIFFERS FROM OTHER ROCK BANDS OUT THERE?
We have always taken a great amount of pride in our live show. We try to give the crowd an experience that leaves them wanting more. There are a lot more factors that go into putting on a show than just getting on stage and playing your catalog of songs. You have to let them feel what you are doing and move them in multiple ways, whether you get people dancing, or you move someone emotionally and really connect with a delivery that hits home. I think that is something that tends to get lost in the mix sometimes in this day in age and SHALLOW SIDE makes a conscious effort to make sure we always stay true to that aspect.
YOU DID A COVER OF RENEGADE BY STYX AND NOW HAVE A SOLID FAN IN TOMMY SHAW. HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AND HOW DID YOU COME UP TO COVER THAT SONG?
To have the approval of someone we grew up listening to is nothing short of spectacular! Tommy Shaw and Styx have been an inspiration to us for basically our whole lives, so that is an honor. We went into the studio knowing we wanted to do a cover song, and after pitching a few different ideas back and forth, we never found anything that stood out to us. As we were taking a break from tracking, trying to clear our heads, we noticed “RENEGADE” playing in the background and unanimously agreed that was the song to display our Rock roots, as well as, put a modern twist on a classic hit.
YOUR SINGLE VIDEO I SAW WAS FOR REBEL A SONG THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH AT FIRST LISTEN. YOU GUYS PUT TOGETHER ARRANGEMENTS AND JUST SOLID WRITING ETHICS. HOW DOES THIS BAND DO A WRITING PROCESS AND HOW DID THIS SONG COME UP?
REBEL was a song that we wanted to let our southern for shine. It started like most of our songs do, with a riff that catches the ear, then we start arranging drums to make it move. Once we figured out a vocal hook it started basically coming together on its own and was very natural. The most challenging piece to “REBEL” was finding someone on the streets of Boston to feature on the track playing banjo.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT IS A HARDER EDGE TRACK. WHAT DOES THIS SONG LYRICAL MEAN TO YOU?
It is the hardest hitting track on the EP and the lyrical content drives the point home. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is not about how many times you get knocked down, but rather how you respond when you get knocked down. SHALLOW SIDE understands this as well as anyone. We have had to overcome crippling injuries on multiple occasions, been left stranded on the road by crooked booking agents in our early stages of touring, but “quit” is not a word in our vocabulary. “FIGHT OR FLIGHT” is exemplary of this mentality that always has driven us to push forward.
WILL YOU GUYS BE DOING ANY LENGTHY TOURING FOR THIS NEW EP ONE? IF SO ANY DATES YOU CAN SHARE WITH US NOW?
We will be doing extensive touring for this EP. We have dates coming up in Las Vegas for Radio Contraband, as well as, Rock Into Spring. Bratfest and Rock Fest in Wisconsin are also on the docket as just a few of the high points for what we have coming up. All of our current dates and future tour announcements can be found at WWW.SHALLOWSIDE.NET
HOW WAS YOUR RECORD RELEASE PARTY?
The CD Release show was absolutely insane. We all had a 17 hour work day that day, not to mention the countless hours put in for promoting and getting the event setup to run smoothly. It was all worth it, though. The atmosphere was electric all night and people travelled from all across the country to attend the show. I could not come up with one negative comment about the show even if I picked my brain for hours. The production crew, Thermal Entertainment, all of the bands hit a homerun and the attendance was exceptional.
WILL A FULL LENGTH BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR 2017 AND HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE WRITTEN ALREADY FOR IT IF ANY AND WAS IT SOME SONGS THAT JUST DIDN’T MAKE THIS EP?
I cannot say for sure that it will be this year for another release, but we will definitely be working on new material throughout the year for our next release.
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