Alabama natives Shallow Side claim to be your typical rock band through their Facebook page, but latest release “One” says something else to listeners. While the base of their sound is rock and roll, they’ve fused the best part of rock melodies with the best part of pop hooks and that combination give you the core sound of Shallow Side. The six song album while short, each song has a venomous punch and will leave you humming the songs days after you’ve put down the record.
Being from Alabama has definitely influenced their sound, behind all those catchy hooks and those poppy melodies you can hear the southern rock, which is very loose, and almost like nu metal but a bit faster and of course better. Vocalist Eric Boatright channels his inner 80s rock star, not only does his vocals encompass the wide variety of styles that him and the rest of the band have but also manages to have his voice over power the rest of the band that are busy strumming away. Album opener “We Roll” is sort of interesting because it feels like a rock song but it’s the farthest thing, the thing about Shallow Side is that they don’t like to be simple they take the best of a lot worlds and put it together and the song is an example of the feat. The smooth southern licks in the verse and courses by guitarists Cody Hampton and Seth Trimble compliment and help Boatrights vocals soar. It’s really hard to point and say which song is better than the other because all six stands out and bring something different, the fifth song “Rebel” shows how heavy and aggressive they can be, then on the other side they have a song called “Can You Hear Me?” brings out a more poppy sound while still retaining to their base rock and roll.
What stays consistent throughout is that from start from finish there’s energy fast and exciting energy, the album give you very little to room to breathe right from the get go Shallow Side throws you into their world and won’t let you leave until you’ve heard them. Even their slowest song is still a hyper one, the energy that bounces from song to song helps keep the flow and keeps the listener moving. All and All “One” is a very good stepping stone for them, they aren’t sticking to one thing and that in the future will help them expand and grow.
By Raza Malik