10 Years (Division Anniversary Show)
The Dead Deads, Shallow Side, Last Day Living
Thu, January 24, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
$17.00 - $25.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1776462/
Splitting up with a major label after five years was "a very scary step to take," Hasek admits. "It's like breaking up with a longtime girlfriend. You're used to the motions, but when it becomes stale and unhappy, you need to move on and get energy back into your life. There was no anger on either side. We just painlessly parted ways."
Working together as a band for the first time since writing the Gold-selling album The Autumn Effect helped 10 Years go back to their roots, without label-enforced pressure to create a radio-friendly "hit," and free to experiment with the hard rock sounds that lie at the core of their music. "Our true fans who buy the albums, not just the singles, understand that our singles, for the most part, misrepresent the entire album," says Hasek. "As a band, we like to explore more and go a little left of center with song structures. We wanted to create an album that has no boundaries, and where we didn't have to make every song 'three minutes and 30 seconds' for a label to approve it. There's a fine line with that, of course, and we're very aware of it. We all grew up on rock music, and as many albums as we've written, the way we've written them, it's ingrained in us to work within a time frame that fits radio. There are definitely songs that work well for that, but as a whole, we wanted this album to represent a journey in a sense."
This chapter of 10 Years began in 2001, when Hasek took over as vocalist. Three years later they released their independent album, Killing All That Holds You, featuring the groundbreaking single "Wasteland," which led to their signing with Universal Records. "That song was created in 2001 or 2002," says Hasek. "We weren't seeking to write a smash single. We were just writing music." The Autumn Effect (2005) led to widespread radio and video play, a fiercely loyal fan base, and tours with heavyweights like Linkin Park, Korn and the Deftones. When their sophomore effort, Division, was released in 2008, 10 Years had cemented their place as one of hard rock's top contenders and most sought-after live bands. Still, says Hasek, despite the success, "it all came to a head" with the band's 3rd major label release, Feeding The Wolves. "When you feel like you're being told to go through motions and jump through hoops, it takes the heart out of it," he says. "We know that we need a hit and we understand that it's important. However, as musicians, we're not a band that says, 'We're going to make a hit.' It's better to do what comes naturally and then figure out the after-effect."
With that in mind, 10 Years created their most powerful songs to date for Minus The Machine, with Hasek again relying on personal experiences for his lyrics. "Everyone asks about my inspiration for lyrics, and the best thing I can give them is a very generic answer: life," he says. "Life is the experience — it's everything you go through: the ups, the downs. I tend to gravitate more toward the therapy method. I'm not great at writing happy pop songs. So, I usually get the negative emotions out through music. As a person, I'm very happy and thankful for my life, but when it comes to lyrics, it's therapy for me."
One thing that won't change is 10 Years' connection with their fans. With the release of Minus The Machine, the band is looking forward to hitting the road, performing in close contact with their dedicated audience. "After the last touring cycle, we realized where we should strive to be, and that's to be totally fine in the club environment," says Hasek. "We don't plan to chase after arena rock or amphitheaters. If things like that happen, then so be it, but we live and die by the loyalty of the club audiences. Our fans are loyal. They travel with us, and they want us to be loyal to ourselves. That's what keeps them coming back. What we tried to do on this album is really give them what they want and what they need because they've been so good to us through the ups and downs of our career."
"First and foremost, when it's all said and done, we're proud of this album in its entirety," he says. "That speaks volumes to us because we're our own worst critics. We pick everything apart. An album is your child, it's your baby, and you know it better than anyone. To sit back and be 100 percent proud of what we've accomplished is so gratifying, and we think everything else will fall into place. We hope that everyone will enjoy what we've tried to do."
The Dead Deads explore sounds from 90’s bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth, to modern metal bands like Mastodon and Baroness, all while keeping their grunge/punk rock roots. They name Nirvana, Failure, Glassjaw, NOFX, Pavement, Weezer, Helmet, Beck and The Melvins in amongst their hugely diverse list of influences.
In December 2014 they wrapped their first national tour with Halestorm, dramatically growing their fanbase through their wild live show and warmth with their “dead corps” at meet and greets. Their debut full-length record “Rainbeau” produced by Brian Carter at Paradox and mixed by Matt Mahaffey/sElf was recorded live to tape in three days and released in November to rave reviews calling the album, “the weirdest wonderland of accessible punk and rock you’ve heard in awhile,” and “one of the better albums of the year.” “Rainbeau” went on to win a Best Rock Album in the Nashville Music Awards.
Named by The Nashville Scene as a band to watch in 2015, the band continued to grow: They christened the new Nashville venue, Basement East, played a live on-air gig for WRLT at legendary listening room 3rd & Lindsley, broke crowd number records at Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, played a sold-out hometown show with Evanescence on their triumphant return, and partied down on Motorhead’s Motorboat cruise with the likes of Motorhead, Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Huntress, and Crobot.
In 2016, the band continued their winning streak, playing the ShipRocked cruise with 5-Finger Death Punch, Seether, Halestorm, and Helmet where they quickly became fan favorites. The Dead Deads also participated in the all-star band The Stowaways with members of All That Remains, Halestorm, Halo Method, P.O.D., Nonpoint, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Megadeth, Art of Dying and many more. Page Hamilton, of Helmet, thought the band was “awesome,” and offered to produce their next record. “For Your Obliteration” was released in the fall of 2016 just after they finished a national tour with Bush and Chevelle. They briefly went home to Nashville to release it to a sold-out crowd, and then finished 2016 on the road, doing their first Canadian run, and putting 7000 miles on their van as direct support for Bush.
2017 got off to a crazy start with another trip on ShipRocked, direct support for Nonpoint, and a run with Alter Bridge and Stone Sour. That summer they released a teaser EP produced by Matt Mahaffey. After shows with their heroes Skid Row, they finished off the year with a hugely successful tour with Seether. On that tour, Shaun invited Meta to duet “Ana’s Song,” and Johnnie to play drums on an emotional version of “Sympathetic.”
The Dead Deads released their fifth studio offering on January 26th, 2018, the day before they began a Canadian/US tour with Stone Sour. They continued touring on it through the summer with Seether and 10 Years. The record is called Sketches and Animation. This double EP includes five brand new fully-produced bangers with Matt Mahaffey on the controls, as well as stripped down acoustic versions of the same songs produced by Brian Carter. Easter eggs for fans abound in this inventive sampler that shows the range, skill and growth of one of the touring world’s favorite rock bands.
Cullman, Alabama-bred rockers Shallow Side, who have taken it to be their personal holy
mission to spread the glory of modern rock & roll as far and as wide as they can to anyone
who will listen. “The energy and excitement of rock & roll is missing nowadays, and we need
it now more than ever,” believes Shallow Side’s frontman, vocalist Eric Boatright. “Our goal
is that we want to revitalize that entire genre and remind the world how rock & roll can be
such a strong force in everyone’s lives.”
The proof of Shallow Side’s pure rocking prowess can be found within the deep grooves of
their new EP titled ONE, which is being released by Thermal Entertainment on January 13,
2017. ONE is one tight, ass-kicking affair from the get-go, from the wham-bam all-out jam of
the opening track “We Roll” to the fist-waving defiance of “Rebel” to the put-up-or-shut-up
manifesto of “Fight or Flight” to their all-guns-a-blazing modern-day take on a well-loved
rock classic, Styx’s “Renegade.” (Oh, mama!)
Shallow Side garnered an immediate lifetime fan in Tommy Shaw, the Styx vocalist/guitarist
who’s also the songwriter of “Renegade,” the instant he heard the band’s rabble-rousing
cover of their signature song. “I’m impressed by these guys. Good arrangement, good
performance, good video,” Shaw says of Shallow Side’s “Renegade” cover. Not only that,
but Shaw, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, feels an additional kinship with the band from
Cullman, a town just up north a ways from where he spent his own formative years. “My
Dad grew up in that part of the state — and so did Hank Williams,” the Styxman observes.
“They have a great pedigree.”
There’s no doubt “Renegade” helped open the door for Shallow Side to make new fans.
“We needed that ‘handshake’ with listeners who already love rock music,” Boatright says of
“Renegade,” which became both a rock-radio staple and a YouTube sensation when it was
released as a single in late 2016. “Now that we’re adults, we can appreciate a lot more of
the song’s meaning, and the depth that comes with it. But we also wanted to make it our
own and add a newer vibe to it. I feel it’s the start of a new era of where rock & roll should
be going. We need to be reminded that there are still renegades on the run!”
Ultimately, Shallow Side is creating new music that fuses the best intentions of classic rock
with modern crunch by planting their flag at the intersection of where Shinedown meets
Styx. “Not only do I respect bands like Journey and the Eagles, but I also look to current
artists like Daughtry,” Boatright says of his songwriting influences. “It’s the people who have
the rhythm, the rhyme, and the harmony. You put those things together, and you’re not
going to miss reaching any rock-music fan out there. They’re going to be a fan of what we
do immediately. As soon as the rhythm, rhyme, and harmony all kick in, they’re going to
Dig deeper into the sound of ONE, and you’ll also find a soul influence in Boatright’s vocals,
especially when the man sings certain lines in falsetto. “Stylistically, I think that stems from
all those Motown guys — Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Lionel Richie,”
Boatright reports. “When I think of the singers who drove me as a child — it wasn’t me
wanting to be a singer, it was just that when these guys were singing, it made me want to
sing with them. I was obligated, you know? When they started singing, I had to be there with
them. I had to hit those same notes, because it felt so good.”
Another key inspiration for Boatright comes from having grown up in a church-going
environment, something that fueled his knack for writing instantly sing-able hooks and
melodies. “That was a big thing for me,” he agrees. “A hymnal was created to have the
congregation sing the entire way through it, whether you knew the words or not. Those
songs were specifically designed for us to be able to sing them within the first 30 seconds.
Growing up in church like that helped me to write songs and naturally create hooks,
because that’s all I’ve ever known. It all comes back to that for me. The way I like to create
a song is that by the second time through, you’re stomping your feet and clapping your
hands right along with it. You’re a part of the choir before you even know it!” (Considering
the automatic accessibility of the six tracks on ONE, we predict more people will be
testifying at the church of Shallow Side sooner rather than later.)
One song Shallow Side fans will be grooving along with right from the start is the current
single from ONE, “Fight or Flight,” which unifies the ideas set forth with the one-two punch
of the EP’s initial radio hits “Rebel” and “Renegade,” songs that set the table for the band’s
next phase. “That’s the heaviest song on this EP,” Boatright clarifies. “It tips the hat to the
rock & roll market that exists today and also says, ‘If you guys want to run heavy, we’ll run
heavy with you. We can do that — and we’re not scared of it, either. We’re very good at it.’”
The song’s message is quite clear, too: Everyone in the world has a chance to achieve
something great — but you have to work for it. “If you have the brainpower to create words
and the motivation to move, then you have a chance,” Boatright theorizes. “You can fight, or
you can just run away. That’s the message to this song: ‘Are you going to stand up, or are
you going to run away?’ Because right now is your moment.”
Taking charge of one’s destiny is a crucial step. “Our particular war is our particular war,”
the vocalist continues. “We all fight many battles on many battlefronts on a day-to-day
basis, whether it’s something in our personal lives or something in our industry that we’re up
against or fighting with to create a larger world. This is our call to arms to say, ‘It’s either
time for fight, or for flight.’”
With such a well-recorded template now in hand, Shallow Side still has to deliver where it
counts — in front of a live audience. “If you think about it, a live show is like a sermon,”
Boatright observes. “Onstage, we talk about real things — not just the hamburger I had for
lunch, but about what we’re going through in our lives as part of the youth of America and
the youth of the world. There are parts in the show where we get the people to move, to
clap, and to sing. There are joyful moments where we can tell the story of who we really are
and where we really came from. And there are also the inspirational moments that come
from the hardest times we have had. We make the crowd look around and understand that
we’re not there anymore. We busted our ass, and we worked really hard to get here.”
Boatright wants every fan to emerge from a Shallow Side performance with a renewed
sense of purpose. “People leave our show with an inspiration,” he believes. “It’s not just the
music that’s inspired them — it’s the story behind the music and the people who are telling it
through the music. They find in that music that they might have walked through those same
trials before themselves, once upon a time. For others, it’s a new world. Maybe they thought
it was an unwanted world, but when they get there, they’re like, ‘Oh! This is really eye-opening!’”
At its core, the Shallow Side saga is a very relatable story. People feel like they want to
belong to something, especially when it comes to music — and that’s part of the beauty
represented to a T with ONE. “That was the idea when we named it,” Boatright concurs.
“There were a lot of different genres and atmospheres to put into the EP, but then again, if
you know the band and you know the story and dig a little deeper into what’s going on, you
understand a bit more about who we are. So when you show up to our show, you get the
testimony that comes with it, and now you know. You go, ‘Wow. I love this band. They’re
just like me.’”
Shallow Side’s main message is one of unity. “When we first started, rock & roll wasn’t for
us,” Boatright concludes. “We wanted to go to a concert, enjoy the music, sing along, and
be a part of the overall song and dance. We’re now looking to bridge that gap to bring the
family together to where rock & roll was at one point. The mission since we began was to
take the wheel and steer it back into a direction where everyone from all walks of life could
enjoy a good rock show.”
Considering the band’s all-in philosophy, it appears that ONE is most definitely the best
name for this raucous EP. Let’s all join together and revel in having Shallow Side show us the
ONE true way to the future of great rock & roll.
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