Happy Monday y'all! I hope everyone's weekend went great and not too much chaos happened. Yesterday on Live at 5 Boat kind of touch a little bit on how he was not exactly the golden child growing up. I was around to witness most of this and I can testify that it is mostly true. While none of us were Angels in school, Seth was the least of the trouble type. He kept his path pretty straight and narrow. Boat, however, always seemed to find himself in the situations that did go wrong, or potentially could have went terribly wrong.
He was always in and out of the office dodging questions of something they could not prove him to be guilty, or just handed his pink slip and sent on his way. They would punish him with detention(which he would not attend) and eventually they gave up on detention and tried others measures which ultimately led to him dropping out and trying to find his place elsewhere. After high school is when we began playing music. It was something we just fell into because we didn't have those sports and extra curricular activities to fall back on, so we began to play music as our new hobby. The more we played though, the more we fell in love with it and started playing out and about and ultimately we began playing out of state shows on the weekends and trying to get our name out and have a little fun while we were at it.
There is a line in Rebel that says "only death and jail before me" and there is a reason for that. As previously stated, Boat was not a golden child, and it stayed true for a while after high school also. We had some shows lined up in Michigan very early in our stages as a band and we had to take the weekend off of work to go play these shows. We had practice at my house on a Thursday and packed up and was ready to head out Friday but we could not get a hold of Boat, which was a little bit alarming. Not shocking, we just did not know if he was ok, if he made it home, if he was in jail, or what. After a few hours of scrambling around we got in touch with his room mate at the time and they told us that he was in fact in jail and he should be getting out that day at some point. We did what we thought was best and we rolled up to the jail in the suburban and trailer and parked and waited on him to get out. When he got out he started dancing and jumping around as we honked the horn and gave him a standing ovation and told him to get in we are going straight to Michigan, which is exactly what we did. He finally got all his debt paid off a couple years later and hasn't been back since, thankfully.
That is a pretty unique situation I'd say and probably not the best of examples to set, but it's part of who we are and where we came from and part of the never ending circus known as Shallow Side. Any chance you get, stay out of jail. That's one piece of advice I have. Thankfully for us we never fell too far off the bandwagon, and used this as lessons learned and moved forward from it. Stay on the straight and narrow, folks, and WHEN you mess up(not if) use it to move forward and not make the same mistakes again. I hope to see y'all soon at some of our remaining summer dates and remember..... BAND LIVES MATTER!