Hard Rock Hideout recently got the opportunity to do a Q & A with the band Black Tide. The band has a brand new CD coming out in March, called Light From Above. I have listened to it, and it is going to blow people away!
HRH: Tell us how Black Tide got its start?
BT: Well, we started out almost 5 years ago, when we were called Radio, playing at backyard parties and the one small local club in our area. We just practiced a lot in the garage and living room, always trying to write new songs and just play everywhere that we could. We played at the Florida Music Festival and kinda just got this buzz about our band running through the industry. We talked to a lot of labels and even singed a demo deal with Atlantic records at one point. After enough time had wasted, we moved on and signed a deal with Interscope Records.
HRH: How long have you been playing?
BT: I have been playing the bass for about 5 years now, I pretty much started the day I joined this group.
HRH: What are the ages of the members of Black Tide?
BT: Gabriel (singer and guitar) is 15, Alex (guitar) is 18, Steven (drummer) is 19, and I am also 19 (Zakk).
HRH: Who are some of your musical influences?
BT: My musical influences come from all over and I really have no preference about what I listen to. I listen to Van Halen, Drive-By Truckers, The Velvet Underground, Regina Spektor, and Lupe Fiasco. That’s what I’m listeneing to lately anyway.
HRH: What is one of the last concerts that you attended (that you did not perform at)?
BT:I think the last concert I attended was Stone Sour and Dirty Little Rabbits, and that was like 6 months ago. I wish I could just go to see more concerts but I never have time anymore.
HRH: What are some of the CD’s that you are listening to today?
BT: I’ve been really enjoying The Drive-By Truckers new album, Brighter Than Creations Dark. It’s just so all over the place and I can’t really get enough of it.
Southern Rock is what I’m in the mood for lately. I’m also listening to Velvet Underground’s amazing masterpiece The Velvet Underground & Nico.
HRH: In 2007, You played on the Ozzfest tour. What was that experience like?
BT: Waking up everyday and realizing that we were playing on one of the biggest traveling metal tours was insane! That tour was our introduction to real touring and we learned a lot from all the bands and crews.
What’s cooler than getting to say that we shared the stage with Ozzy and we aren’t even old enough to drink.
HRH: Do you have some good stories from Ozzfest that you would like to share? Did you get to meet Ozzy?
We don’t really have any crazy stories from the Ozzfest tour, we got hazed pretty bad on the last day, but nothing really amazing. We were kept on a pretty tight leash because of being underage. We sadly enough didn’t get to meet Ozzy, and we were pretty bummed about it.
HRH: You are currently on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. How is that going? How have the A7X fans reacted to Black Tide?
BT: Touring with A7X has been fucking great! The fans have been really open to us and are really into the music and what we are trying to accomplish. All the guys in the band have been really cool with us and their crew is fantastic.
HRH: You have already toured across the United States and Europe. What are your plans in 2008, when your tour with A7X concludes?
BT: Our plans are to just tour as much as humanly possible. That’s the only thing we really want to do anyway. I don’t really know any specifics at this moment but we should have something announced pretty soon.
HRH: Your new CD, Light From Above, will be released in March.What can you tell us about the new CD?
BT: I can tell you that every song is great and we took our time to make sure that each song was well crafted and as good as we could possibly make it.
HRH: Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
BT: Thank you guys for supporting us and we can’t wait for all of you to hear our album and we hope to see you all soon!
The band has recently announced a tour with All That Remains in February and March! You can hear two of their new songs on their myspace page. Go Check them out today!