Happy Monday folks! We leave out for tour this week so we are super excited about that! If we aren't coming to your city or state on this tour don't panic, we will be touring year round so it won't be long and we will make our way to you. As most of you know we have been touring as a band for quite some time now and it never fails that a curveball or two gets thrown our way per tour. Whether it's a problem with our tour vehicle, Weasley booking agents, or crooked promoters, something will inevitably happen and you have to be able to call an audible and roll with the punches so to speak. We learned this early in our career. As a matter of fact, our very first tour we were left high and dry and had to pull some strings to keep going, but I'm thankful that we did and was able to keep going. Our first tour was supposed to be a lengthy one, roughly 3 months. However about a week into the the tour, we began to show up to the venues only to find out we were never even booked in the first place, but we thought we had a show. Some venues would let us play anyways and try to sell some merch, while others told us to kick rocks. After a few shows in a row with this happening we ended up cutting ties with our "booking agent" and began to rebook our tour on the fly all while being stranded in West Virginia with no money and no contacts, only the will to keep going. We ended up buying a small pack of CDs and began burning our music onto CDs and walking around the mall selling them for $1-$2 or whatever we could sell them for, and we did this until we got kicked out of the mall and then we would return the next day and repeat that process. Eventually, we ran across some people that knew a venue owner in the area and had contacts with the local radio station and they allowed us to come play that Friday night. The show ended up being a very successful one and we hit it off nicely with the club owner and he ended up inviting us back for a show a month or so later that was sponsored by the radio station and in turn, we landed a working relationship with that station that we still have to this day. All those people that bought our CDs in the mall came to the show and most brought their friends along with them so we developed a great fan base in that area. This happened because of one thing. Our drive and determination made us keep going. We didn't hang our heads in defeat. We stood up while our back was against the wall and said: "No, this is not how it is going to be." I say a lot that you have to be able to turn a negative into a positive. This was a prime example of that, and I'm thankful that we learned that early in our career. This was the first of many touring hiccups, maybe a story your haven't heard yet, but regardless we have learned that curveballs are a part of the road. They are a part of life in general. You can't be afraid to step up to the plate, though. Even when you strike out, step back up to the plate the next time and try to knock it out of the park! We hope to see you out on the road this tour, hell, tell some friends about Shallow Side and let's spread the word. If we aren't coming near you this tour, make sure you stay locked in to the website for more dates being announced soon. We will be seeing you soon and don't be scared to step up to the plate! Cheers!