Posted On 05 Aug 2016
Shallow Side. Two words defining more than just four members of a band about their upbringing, their relentless dedication to more than just music, and their ever daunting of shadows of life, lust, and loss.
Powering through the trenches of lies and deception in the beginning stages of touring Shallow Side arose above and beyond their call. Stranded and lost ten hours from home they battled their way into over 500 venues nationwide compiling over 200 live shows a year for the past 5 years garnering national attention from North America’s largest radio stations and media platforms. Now joining forces with Thermal Entertainment the team has garnered the strength to bring the world a brand new look along with a ground breaking sound to rock and roll.
With heart pounding drum licks accompanied by thundering bass the sheer vibrations are enough to make any foot want to shake. The melody from the guitar rings out creating a familiar sound and the soulful voice that follows creates an instant classic for every household. Can you remember when music brought everyone in? Can you think back to when the song made the difference? Do you remember when the family was told this will take you to hell but definitely sounded like heaven? The music is back and it’s better than ever.
Hitting rock bottom isn’t hard to do when you start from it and aren’t expected to grow from it. That’s exactly the kind of hand Shallow Side has always been dealt and today makes the change. With hope fueled passion, hard lessons learned the band Shallow Side will and has stopped at nothing to make sure every ear gets a listen and every voice gets a chance.
“We’ve been through the ringer, no one can say we haven’t paid our dues” Eric the frontman of Shallow Side explains. “We’ve been stranded without a pot to piss in promised tomorrow just to find out it was canceled due to rain. Had three career ending injuries while touring and it hasn’t slowed us down enough to lose momentum.”
The band has released two EPs HOME TODAY (2012) and STAND UP (2014). The new full length record will be coming out in the Fall 2016 with the first single REBEL being serviced to radio last month.
Shallow Side are:
Eric Boatright (Vocals)
Cody Hampton (Bass/Guitar)
Seth Trimble (Guitar/Keyboard)
Heath Fields (Drums)
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Learn more about Shallow Side in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are more then half-way through 2016, what are some words you would use to describe it? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for the band?
This year already has been a testament to our will and ability. Career ending injuries, relentless touring, the inevitable vehicle struggles, all while writing and recording a new album. You could say that 2016 has literally been our test. 2015 wasn’t so easy, either. But, who says being in a touring band is going to be the easy job? Some of the biggest highlights of 2015 have been our fans testimonies about how our music helped them evolve personally and emotionally. Not to mention the upswing of rock n roll as a whole. If you haven’t noticed it then your eyes are closed.
How did Shallow Side first come together? Why do you think you all work well together? How did you come up with your band name?
Chemistry is an incredible thing. Sometimes you find it. Sometimes it finds you. Luckily, in our particular case, we had both. Growing up in small towns of north Alabama, there was always the urge from the four of us to want more. Seeing that to be an ever daunting cycle, we are forever in our efforts to pursue better for ourselves and the people who follow us. With that being said, it seems as if we are always standing in the Shallow Side. That’s pretty much where the name came from. As for the four of us, we grew up around each other. I guess you could really consider us family.
You’ve released 2 EPs and will be soon releasing a full-length album in the fall. How do you think this band’s sound has grown over the years?
Evolving is something I feel like we will always do. Keep in mind that when we first started this band in 2010, we didn’t know how to write music. Hell, we could barely play our own damn instruments. Remember, though, we are relentless in our efforts. Learning and growing has been our philosophy since day one. I want to say we’ve perfected a sound. But, who really wants to be a perfect artist. We prefer to raise questions and test boundaries. That makes more sense. Wouldn’t you say?
What was the inspiration for the collection’s first single, “Rebel”?
No one teaches you how to be in a band or play music. Furthermore, how to tour or even call it a job. Especially where we’re from. In our small town, you get two choices: You finish school and go work at the factory or you go to the community college where you finish school and go work at the factory. That didn’t sit well with us. We wanted more. We were inspired and we want to inspire others. Starting out, we were questioned, we were mocked, and we were outcasted. In the beginning of our career as a whole, I guess you could say we were Rebels. After creating our own rock and roll, we learned that we weren’t alone. We’re all Rebels.
What does it feel like to soon be releasing a full-length album? How long have you been working on it?
I guess you could say we’ve been working on a full length album for our entire life. That’s how the saying goes. You get your whole life to create your first album and a few months to create your second. With that being said, thank you sir. May I have another?
How have your summer shows been going? What has been a favorite venue and/or crowd?
We recently played a show in Casper, WY. It was an outside festival for the Fourth of July. That was the first time that we had been that far west. So, you could easily say that not many of them had heard of Shallow Side before. To a crowd of over a thousand hearing us for the first time, for the first fifteen minutes they stood there with their mouths open and tapping each other on the shoulder as if they had never seen an Alabama band put on a rock show. Little did they know, we were born for this. The crowd went from sitting and waiting on fireworks to pushing and shoving just to get closer to the stage. We played an encore just as the fireworks went off. In that moment, we forgot that we were 1,500 miles away from our families on this holiday evening and rock n roll brought us home.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Who would you love to work with in the future?
I’d love to work with Brent Smith. He is a powerhouse singer, an entrepreneur, and an incredible lyricist. After all, I kinda blame him for sucking me into this circus.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
Self empowerment and hope. These two things were given to me when I started hearing music the way it should be listened to. I hope that I’m forever able to create and lend that to every listener.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
Come see a live show. You’ll learn and see a lot more about us. Hell, you might learn a lot more about yourself.