Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Shallow Side

IW10BannerTEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Cullman, Alabama

Members and Instruments:
Eric Boatright (vocals)
Cody Hampton (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals)
Seth Trimble (guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Heath Fields (drums)

Short Bio (in your own words):
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 five 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 shear 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.

ShadowSideWhat was the first live concert you ever went to?
I can’t exactly recall my very first concert but I can tell you the first one that made me decide that I had to be on that stage doing what they were doing.

Chattanooga, Tennessee. Literally remember it like it was yesterday. I had been to a couple of concerts before and had my ticket. Balcony seat of course and the infamous lights dropped out of the house. The voice pierced through the crowd and ignited chills across the arena. You could feel the atmosphere developed in a brand new way. It was Lizzy Hale of Halestorm singing an acapella intro to “It’s Not You”. Their name wasn’t even on the ticket, and they absolutely blew the crowd away. Next on the bill was 10 Years and Saving Abel always an incredible and flawless show. I knew this world was something I had to be a part of. All up until Shinedown got on stage. The absolute electricity in the room was too much for me to handle. Fire brewed inside me as they played and sang songs that had been blaring in my speakers for months now. This was the exact moment that I decided I would stop at nothing until I could create this same world for the next generation.

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
When we first started touring, was around the same time we first started playing music together. We hit the ground running. We had found a “booking agent” and a “manager” neither of which knew what they were doing. We had faith that the knowledge and experience they had promised would be enough to at least get us to a place where we could function properly as a business. Needless to say we ended up stranded and without money or shows. We had to make a choice. Either we pack up and go home or we dig deep and fight for what we really wanted.

We started selling CD’s out of the back of the Suburban we were touring in at the time. In the daytime we would burn copies of our CD and sell them for whatever we could get for them and at night we would call venues and ask to play. After a month we had checked our funds and realized we had found our knack to making this business work for us. For the next couple of months we busted our asses without food, showers, and sleep and created what we know today as Shallow Side. Could have been the worst part of our lives, but we wouldn’t change it now for anything.

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
First and foremost Bobby Boucher taught us that the most essential of essentials is “Tackling Fuel,” Whatever your vice may be fueling the fire is a must. We personally enjoy a home cooked or hearty meal and a nice cold beer.
Secondly, “time.” It takes time to set up. It takes time to become involved into your surroundings and it takes time to get your entire life together before you go on stage. Find Time.
Lastly. Endurance. Simple enough right? You have to be able to stand the struggle because it will get hard. It always gets hard. You will need endurance.

What was the first record you ever purchased?

FastBall or Savage Garden, maybe it was Backstreet Boys, or N’Sync, damn it, Hat, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Smash Mouth, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Trapt, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, ParaMore, Lynard Skynard, David Allen Coe, 3 Days Grace, Hell, I am honestly not sure but I know I bought those CDs before,

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
Styx “Renegade”
Hank Williams Jr. “Country Boy Can Survive”
Bob Seger “Old Time Rock and Roll”
Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”
Journey “Separate Ways”

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
CD’s all the way. No doubt, we sell them and you can get them anywhere. They are way better.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
You can find all of anything at its pretty simple. Or just Google us. Shallow Side