FTMP Events presents:
Friday, June 15th
$12 General Presale, $15 Day Of Show
18+ (ID Required) - No ID/No Entry
Doors open at 6:00 pm
at: Evening Star Concert Hall / VENUE
8810 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
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Shallow Side : https://shallowside.net/
Rock is dead, they say? Hogwash. Don’t even bring up such an idea with the four-piece Cullman, Alabama-bred rockers Shallow Side, who have taken it to be their personal holy mission to spread the glory of modern rock & roll as far and as wide as they can to anyone who will listen. “The energy and excitement of rock & roll is missing nowadays, and we need it now more than ever,” believes Shallow Side’s frontman, vocalist Eric Boatright. “Our goal is that we want to revitalize that entire genre and remind the world how rock & roll can be such a strong force in everyone’s lives.” The proof of Shallow Side’s pure rocking prowess can be found within the deep grooves of their new EP titled ONE, which is being released by Thermal Entertainment on January 13, 2017. ONE is one tight, ass-kicking affair from the get-go, from the wham-bam all-out jam of the opening track “We Roll” to the fist-waving defiance of “Rebel” to the put-up-or-shut-up manifesto of “Fight or Flight” to their all-guns-a-blazing modern-day take on a well-loved rock classic, Styx’s “Renegade.” (Oh, mama!)
Shallow Side garnered an immediate lifetime fan in Tommy Shaw, the Styx vocalist/guitarist who’s also the songwriter of “Renegade,” the instant he heard the band’s rabble-rousing cover of their signature song. “I’m impressed by these guys. Good arrangement, good performance, good video,” Shaw says of Shallow Side’s “Renegade” cover. Not only that, but Shaw, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, feels an additional kinship with the band from Cullman, a town just up north a ways from where he spent his own formative years. “My Dad grew up in that part of the state — and so did Hank Williams,” the Styxman observes. “They have a great pedigree.”
There’s no doubt “Renegade” helped open the door for Shallow Side to make new fans. “We needed that ‘handshake’ with listeners who already love rock music,” Boatright says of “Renegade,” which became both a rock-radio staple and a YouTube sensation when it was released as a single in late 2016. “Now that we’re adults, we can appreciate a lot more of the song’s meaning, and the depth that comes with it. But we also wanted to make it our own and add a newer vibe to it. I feel it’s the start of a new era of where rock & roll should be going. We need to be reminded that there are still renegades on the run!” Ultimately, Shallow Side is creating new music that fuses the best intentions of classic rock with modern crunch by planting their flag at the intersection of where Shinedown meets Styx. “Not only do I respect bands like Journey and the Eagles, but I also look to current artists like Daughtry,” Boatright says of his songwriting influences. “It’s the people who have the rhythm, the rhyme, and the harmony. You put those things together, and you’re not going to miss reaching any rock-music fan out there. They’re going to be a fan of what we do immediately. As soon as the rhythm, rhyme, and harmony all kick in, they’re going to enjoy it.”
Dig deeper into the sound of ONE, and you’ll also find a soul influence in Boatright’s vocals, especially when the man sings certain lines in falsetto. “Stylistically, I think that stems from all those Motown guys — Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Lionel Richie,” Boatright reports. “When I think of the singers who drove me as a child — it wasn’t me wanting to be a singer, it was just that when these guys were singing, it made me want to sing with them. I was obligated, you know? When they started singing, I had to be there with them. I had to hit those same notes, because it felt so good.” Another key inspiration for Boatright comes from having grown up in a church-going environment, something that fueled his knack for writing instantly sing-able hooks and melodies. “That was a big thing for me,” he agrees. “A hymnal was created to have the congregation sing the entire way through it, whether you knew the words or not. Those songs were specifically designed for us to be able to sing them within the first 30 seconds.
Growing up in church like that helped me to write songs and naturally create hooks, because that’s all I’ve ever known. It all comes back to that for me. The way I like to create a song is that by the second time through, you’re stomping your feet and clapping your hands right along with it. You’re a part of the choir before you even know it!” (Considering the automatic accessibility of the six tracks on ONE, we predict more people will be testifying at the church of Shallow Side sooner rather than later.) One song Shallow Side fans will be grooving along with right from the start is the current single from ONE, “Fight or Flight,” which unifies the ideas set forth with the one-two punch of the EP’s initial radio hits “Rebel” and “Renegade,” songs that set the table for the band’s next phase. “That’s the heaviest song on this EP,” Boatright clarifies. “It tips the hat to the rock & roll market that exists today and also says, ‘If you guys want to run heavy, we’ll run heavy with you. We can do that — and we’re not scared of it, either. We’re very good at it.’” The song’s message is quite clear, too: Everyone in the world has a chance to achieve something great — but you have to work for it. “If you have the brainpower to create words and the motivation to move, then you have a chance,” Boatright theorizes. “You can fight, or you can just run away. That’s the message to this song: ‘Are you going to stand up, or are you going to run away?’ Because right now is your moment.” Taking charge of one’s destiny is a crucial step. “Our particular war is our particular war,” the vocalist continues. “We all fight many battles on many battlefronts on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s something in our personal lives or something in our industry that we’re up against or fighting with to create a larger world. This is our call to arms to say, ‘It’s either time for fight, or for flight.’”
With such a well-recorded template now in hand, Shallow Side still has to deliver where it counts — in front of a live audience. “If you think about it, a live show is like a sermon,” Boatright observes. “Onstage, we talk about real things — not just the hamburger I had for lunch, but about what we’re going through in our lives as part of the youth of America and the youth of the world. There are parts in the show where we get the people to move, to clap, and to sing. There are joyful moments where we can tell the story of who we really are and where we really came from. And there are also the inspirational moments that come from the hardest times we have had. We make the crowd look around and understand that we’re not there anymore. We busted our ass, and we worked really hard to get here.” Boatright wants every fan to emerge from a Shallow Side performance with a renewed sense of purpose. “People leave our show with an inspiration,” he believes. “It’s not just the music that’s inspired them — it’s the story behind the music and the people who are telling it through the music. They find in that music that they might have walked through those same trials before themselves, once upon a time. For others, it’s a new world. Maybe they thought it was an unwanted world, but when they get there, they’re like, ‘Oh! This is really eyeopening!’” At its core, the Shallow Side saga is a very relatable story. People feel like they want to belong to something, especially when it comes to music — and that’s part of the beauty represented to a T with ONE. “That was the idea when we named it,” Boatright concurs. “There were a lot of different genres and atmospheres to put into the EP, but then again, if you know the band and you know the story and dig a little deeper into what’s going on, you understand a bit more about who we are. So when you show up to our show, you get the testimony that comes with it, and now you know. You go, ‘Wow. I love this band. They’re just like me.’”
Shallow Side’s main message is one of unity. “When we first started, rock & roll wasn’t for us,” Boatright concludes. “We wanted to go to a concert, enjoy the music, sing along, and be a part of the overall song and dance. We’re now looking to bridge that gap to bring the family together to where rock & roll was at one point. The mission since we began was to take the wheel and steer it back into a direction where everyone from all walks of life could enjoy a good rock show.”
Considering the band’s all-in philosophy, it appears that ONE is most definitely the best name for this raucous EP. Let’s all join together and revel in having Shallow Side show us the ONE true way to the future of great rock & roll.
Tickets available for purchase at these locations:
497 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY
Phone Number: 716 883 2341
791 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone Number : 716 754 0120
Hamburg Music Center, Inc.
4433 Southwestern Blvd. Hamburg, NY
Phone Number: 716 649 6660
408 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY
Phone Number: 716 602 7441