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Shallow Side revs up the rock on One with new album later this year

Cullman, Alabama rock troupe Shallow Side packs a punch. When you sink your teeth into their brand new EP One, you will feel their creativity pour over you. This is pure rock and roll pleasure in every facet that should be.

A precursor to a full length due out later this year, One proves Shallow Side has the strength and finesse to create powerful rock songs. It shows right from the start with “We Roll.” If they wanted to make an impression, they picked the right song to get things going.

“Rebel” adds in some muscle and grit to create that American rock sound. The sound and concept go hand in hand. When you see how young these guys are, you will be amazed at the band’s ferocity.

What has been talked about and also given a seal of approval by Tommy Shaw is the Styx’ cover of “Renegade,” and their first single from the EP. It’s a nice compliment not just to “Rebel” but the EP as the whole. Although not as stunning as their original work, the band does a flawless job of making the song theirs and running with it. Add in the video and you have a musical statement.

Their second single of the album, “Fight or Flight,” leans more on the pop edge of rock’s prowess. The chorus still gives you the hair blown back feel. Here is where you feel Cody Hampton (bass) and Heath Fields’ (drums) explosive rhythm section. Each measure feels like a depth charge. Add Eric Boatright’s powerful and confident vocals to Seth Trimble’s tornadic guitarwork, and it is here where you realize just how impressive this band is.

It is not surprising they recently were Loudwire’s Best New Artist of the Year. Shallow Side’s music is infectious, powerful, and sensuous all in one. With three EPs under their belt (2014’s Stand Up and 2012’s Home Today), the true test of the group’s creativity will be when they drop that longplayer. For now, One quenches the anticipation.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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