Alabama boys, Shallow Side, are set to play a hometown show. The show takes place at the Cullman Civic Center on January 13th, with special guests Saving Abel (Yes. THAT Saving Abel), Beitthemeans, Dark Before Dawn, and Downsouth. Not only is this a rare event for the city of Cullman, but the show also serves as the album release party for Shallow Sides latest release, "One".
We had a chance to catch up with frontman, Eric Boatright, about the upcoming show and album.
Bhamrocks: What are your pre show rituals?
Eric Boatright:There isn't much of a pre show ritual other than seeing the familiar faces in the city we are in, as well as catching the local gossip around town... I'm oddly interested in the lives of the people who are interested in our music. I find it very inspiring...
BR: With very few venues in the area to perform, how much support from your hometown of Cullman do you receive?
EB: It's hard to say. We haven't played Cullman in a long time but we've always had the Hometown close to heart. We travel the length of the country several times a year and keep alma-mater on our backs with pride. To have our home consider having us back is an honor, and as any show would be, 5 or 5,000 we play our rock show we love!
BR: What lead to the choice to record Styx’s “Renegade”?
EB: The song nearly chose us. We knew we wanted to put a cover on the new CD to help reach that Rock-N-Roll crowd. After debating several other classics we heard the Styx hit chanting in the background. It fell over the room and we all knew this was the one. It turned out great!
BR: How does this new album “One” compare to the band's past releases?
EB: We grow and develop with each new recording. Every time we sit down and write, we move forward creatively. Learning and growing within ourselves is always an artists goal. This time around we've really honed in on what we are searching for.
BR: With all the health concerns the band has faced recently, how has life as the band changed? With the business of the band still needing attention, how did the band prep while awaiting recovery? (Background: Singer, Eric, was invovled in a car crash, while drummer, Heath Fields, broke his collarbone in a skateboarding incident before one of the bands shows.)
EB: Everything and everyone are wrapped in plastic. It's a strange world now, padding on the walls, knee pads and helmets, not to mention the jackets that hold our arms to our hips...
The people are nice though, the candy in the small plastic cups help us dream better. So we have been working on that. We've always continued business as usual. No matter if one or several men are down. The healthy pick up the slack while the ones in recovery work on those tricky jackets...
BR: It’s our understanding that the new album will be an EP, can you give us some insight on the reason for an EP versus an LP? Additionally, does his mean that we can expect more new music from Shallow Side in 2017?
EB: Seeing, watching, learning, following, and being involved in the Shallow Side way, you can begin to understand/expect the unexpected. The LP was written and recorded before the plan was completely unfolded from our management team. After awaiting the final product from producers, and hearing the album in its entirety, it was decided that we would take half the cd on first with the public. So yes, I think it's safe to say we will be back in lab again this year.
The show also features fellow Alabamians, Downsouth, Dark Before Dawn, and Beitthemeans
From Facebook event page:
Shallow Side "ONE" CD Release Party with SAVING ABEL + More.
Dark Before Dawn
Friday, January 13, 2017
Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pm
GA Tickets $15.00 Adv / $20.00 DOS
VIP Tickets: $50.00 (Limited)
Ultimate VIP: $100.00 (Only a Few Left)
Tickets available here.
Cullman Civic Center
510 5th Street SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055