To the four members of Shallow Side their name is not just two words representing them as a group but instead it’s the representation of humble beginnings infused with the knowledge life is unforgiving but there’s hope for a better tomorrow. Shallow Side as a band is fueled by raw powerful vocals, soul pounding drums, dark sexual energy and five magnetically infectious personalities. While their songs represent the sound that is the modern rock, the recipe of internal struggles mixed with relationship problems and life’s let downs in general are mixed with hope and the faith this is not all life is meant to be and from the ashes we all have a chance to rise. Fear Ends Tonight itself may sound as though its all relationship related whereas in truth it was singer Eric Boatright’s message to the band, “I wanted to give them something to let them know I am there for them, and we are all in this together to just throw everything out there and give it all we had. I want them to know this is a personal message of trust, my trust in them and the hope they trust in me.”The song was actually re-written by Boatright in a Knoxville hotel room as they worked on their first professional recording session with acclaimed producer Travis Wyrick. For Boatright musical inspiration is Brent Smith from Shinedown. “One night Nick (tour manager) and I were watching You Tube videos and came across Brent singing simple man and I was so taken in by the emotion. What really drew me in was the part of the video where he was just talking about life, I must have watched that part about 100 times. He sings with so much emotion and power, if that video was meant to get to any one person out there, it was me.” It was then he decided that is how he wanted to be portrayed and for the music of the band to reach out to a wide audience some of whom need a message about fighting for a better tomorrow, making better decisions and bettering themselves in general.
Shallow Side performs live at Cheer’s Pub in South Bend. Thursday January 8th. The show is 21+ and there’s no cover.