Since their debut album Lights From Above dropped in 2008, Florida’s Black Tide have done a lot of growing up. This isn’t to say that the band was immature or that success found them too early into their career. They have literally grown up. But then again, playing alongside bands like Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and playing the Mainstage of Ozzfest is likely to make you grow up a little bit.
Black Tide are back with a new record, Post Mortem, released via Universal Music Canada. The group is currently touring the United States on the Rockstar UPROAR tour with Three Days Grace, Seether and more. Their tour will dip into Canada for four shows including Montreal (09/13), Toronto (09/14), Calgary (09/28) and Edmonton (09/29).
The MusicNerd Chronicles recently had the chance to chat with Black Tide bassist Zakk Sandler about that whole pesky growing up thing.
What do you see as having been the biggest aspects of the band’s growth since Lights From Above? Three years can be like an eternity sometimes…
Sandler: The biggest change has definitely been growing up from being teenagers to being adults. Our singer Gabriel has been writing songs since he was 11 years old; he’s 18 now and those seven or eight years of experience of writing experience and life experience has proven to benefit us all. We definitely see a big shift from where we were to where we are now.
With so few videos now being shown on video channels, do you feel making videos is still an important part of exposing the band to a wider audience?
Sandler: Absolutely. You Tube alone is a great outlet for people to see what you are up to, not to mention that you can go to You Tube and see what you want to see what you want when you want to see it. On the other side of the coin though, it has become so easy to make videos that it allows so much more bullshit to come through.[youtube jxw6pnPfDc4]