By Cathy Moore of Moore Rock Shots & Reviews
Four Alabama rockers. Three EPs. 11 songs. Put them all together and you have Origins, the new release from Shallow Side hitting the world on July 13.
Origins is the segue for Shallow Side’s first full-length album of original tracks, tentatively titled Saints & Sinners, which is due out in the latter part of 2018. It is the perfect way to remind everyone of the talent and tenacity of this incredible group of musicians and get everyone panting and prepared for the release of new material.
Shallow Side, comprised of Eric Boatright (Vocals), Seth Trimble (Guitar/Keyboard), Heath Fields (Drums), and Matt Daniels (Bass), is a rock band through and through. Combining the driving rhythms that push the core of pop music with aggressive guitar work, carefully constructed bass passages, and a voice that smashes into focus atop the platform laid down by the music, Shallow Side has crafted a new sound with the same “no holds barred” attitude that has kept rock n roll alive and kicking since its inception.
Origins combines tracks from Shallow Side’s previous three EPs – Home Today (2012), Stand Up (2014), and One (2017) – with three previously unreleased tracks. Two of the new tracks are acoustic versions of songs from Home Today – “Try To Fight It” and “Out of Reach”. Both are absolutely fantastic. They showcase Boatright’s passionate and powerful vocals perfectly. The original versions of these two tracks are impressive but the acoustic versions are just brilliant.
The bulk of the tracks on Origins come from the 2014 EP Stand Up, including the title track, “Crazy”, “We Won’t Die”, and “My Addiction”. These represent some of the band’s strongest work and remind us why Shallow Side was Loudwire’s Best New Artist of 2016.
There are only two songs from Shallow Side’s latest EP One – “Can You Hear Me” and arguably their biggest hit “Rebel”. I will admit I was just a little disappointed that my personal favorite “We Roll” didn’t make the cut for Origins, but it’s still a great representation of what this band has to offer.
The best part of Origins is the first track, “Crutch”. This isn’t a new song for the band as I found a video for it dating back to 2011, but it was new to me and never officially released before now. It is an absolutely amazing song. The guitar intro is soft and seductive and then it crescendos with a heartfelt wail from Boatright into a fierce beat and impassioned lyrics. You feel the pain seeping into your soul when you let yourself get lost in this song. My new favorite Shallow Side song for sure, and it just makes me even more anxious for more new music from this crazy cool band.
Shallow Side will be heading out on “The Resurrection Tour” starting in August which will feature Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Tantric and on certain dates, Soil and The Veer Union.
SHALLOW SIDE TOUR DATES:
Friday, 6-15-18 in Niagara Falls, NY at Evening Star Concert Hall
Saturday, 6-16-18 in Ottawa, CAN at Nita’s Brewery
Thursday, 6-21-18 in Asbury Park, NJ at House Of Independents
Friday, 6-22-18 in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Loft at The Chance
Sunday, 6-24-18 in Watertown, NY at Whistlers
Wednesday, 6-27-18 in Marietta, OH at Adelphia Music Hall
Friday, 6-29-18 in Huntington, WV at V Club
Saturday, 6-30-18 in Trimble, TN at Skullbones Music Park (with Aaron Lewis)
Saturday, 7-07-18 in Mansfield, OH at The Electric Company
Friday, 7-13-18 in Cadott, WI at Rock Fest
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