|Midnight Mixtape Massacre - Heath Fields - Shallow Side|
|Written by Heath Fields|
|Sunday, 24 July 2016 03:20|
Here’s a lesson in how to do a mixtape. We’d never heard of American rockers Shallow Side until their drummer Heath Fields took the bold step of compiling his very own mixtape and mailing it into Uber Rock HQ for us musical vultures to pick over. One thing you have to admire is the balls on the kid, so what the hell, here’s his mixtape.
My name is Heath Fields drummer with the band Shallow Side. I love music of all genres both old and new, so piecing together a mixtape can be rather tricky. I tried to not over think my choices and just put down some songs that I enjoy, so please don’t judge me.
1.) ‘Vicarious’ - Tool (from the album ‘10,000 Days’)
Tool has been one of my favorite bands for quite some time. I think the lyrical content in this song is cohesive with many issues that are going on today. As usual for Tool, the drums are incredible and complex and the bass is extremely well placed. It even has a bass solo which some may confuse for a guitar solo. It is an all around killer song!
2.) ‘Black Dog’ - Led Zeppelin (from the album ‘Led Zeppelin IV’)
This song has always stirred something inside me since I was a kid. I love the solo vocal lines being followed by some serious jamming riffs. This song solidified that they would NOT sink like a “LED ZEPPELIN” if they tried to play rock and roll.
3.) ‘No One Like You’ - Scorpions (from the album ‘Blackout’)
I can’t help but to appreciate the guitar work that Scorpions did (as I said I’m a drummer). But it never fails to make me strap up my sweet custom made, custom painted invisible air guitar and burn up the fretboard when this song comes on! It has raspy powerful vocals that drill home the point to this classic, great tunes hailing from Germany.
4.) ‘Seven Bridges Road’ - Eagles (from the album ‘Eagles Live’)
The Eagles have to be one of the most vocally talented groups to date. Even though this song is only acoustic, I still have to tip my hat for the range in the vocals and how tight and crisp they sound (this is a live recording). Also this song is written about a place near Montgomery, AL, which is only a couple hours from where I am from so maybe I tend to be biased… Or maybe it is just that good of a song.
5.) ‘Simple Man’ - Lynyrd Skynyrd (from the album ‘Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd’)
‘Simple Man’, along with almost every other Skynyrd song, is an anthem in small town Alabama. Understandably so. It’s powerful message resonates among millions to this date and reminds us to take your time, be humble, have faith, and never give up when you are swimming upstream. The late Ronnie Van Zant hit the nail on the head on this heavy hitting ballad, “Roll Tide!”
6.) ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ - ZZ Top (from the album ‘Eliminator’)
It’s true. Women like a sharp dressed man. Billy and Dusty took this to the public eye with their elaborate beards, sharp suits, and classy dance moves on stage. Well played, fellas. I’ll take it.
7.) ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ - AC/DC (from the album ‘T.N.T’)
One thing to say to young aspiring musicians is: “You can’t say ACDC didn’t warn you.” I know this to be fact. It is a tough and ruthless world out here in the music industry, but it’s not all bad! Keep your head up high and your eyes on the prize. But who wants to hear me go on a rant when you have ACDC to tell it with guitar, bass, drums, a story, and even some Bagpipes!
8.) ‘Sound Of Madness’ - Shinedown (from the album of the same name)
Sound of Madness will give you that kick in the ass you need! A slick riff and fat booming drums to introduce the song setting the pace for raw, aggressive vocals and a chorus that slams you into next week, too bad next week isn’t vacation right?
9.) ‘Renegade’ - Styx (from the album ‘Pieces Of Eight’)
I love the “outlaw” feel to this song. Once again, I go with vocal harmony (I’m a sucker for great harmony). The yell after the intro always reminds me of the movie Billy Madison, and I just love that movie. This song has great guitar work, sneaky drum fills, and excellent vocals.
10.) ‘Bad To The Bone’ - George Thorogood & The Destroyers (from the album of the same name)
If you have a pair of sunglasses around and you do not put them on when this song kicks up then you don’t know what you are missing! I love how the guitar alone tells a story in this song, plus whatever George is saying (we get it George, you are a cool dude). I’ve always loved the feel of this song and we don’t have to be so serious at ALL times right? He’s a bad man…
11.) ‘The Next Episode’ - Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg (from the album ‘2001’)
Alright, don’t jump off the boat with me yet. I’m not a hip hop guru. But I can appreciate some Snoop and Dre. Everything in this song has a cool beat to it, even guitar. I am a long haired drummer so I can relate to Snoop when I show up to a club and “step up in this motherfucker just a swingin’ my hair.” I dizzle this throwbizzle hip hop jamizzle.
12.) ‘The Way’ - Fastball (from the album ‘All The Pain Money Can Buy’)
This was the first album I bought as a kid. I saved up money from doing extra chores around the house and for my neighbors and this was a hot song at the time, so that is what I choose for my first album purchase. Little did I know that a short time later this would be a great description of my life. A touring band that just dropped everything we owned and was accustomed to, hit the road touring and never looked back. However, we still have not found those streets of gold. I’m pretty sure Fastball lied to me on that little number. Either way I still love this song.
13.) ‘A Boy Named Sue’ - Johnny Cash (from the album ‘At San Quentin’)
The Man In Black pulled a very gutsy move on this one. Playing a show in a prison AND recording it. This was definitely a ground breaking tactic but it worked out pretty well I would say. This song is pretty true, however. It would have to be tough to be a boy with a woman’s name growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. This is a good closer song and sends you off with a laugh as well as a life lesson.
I hope you all enjoy my mixtape as much as I enjoyed picking and elaborating on the songs. Be sure to stay tuned to everything Shallow Side related at www.shallowside.net and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will have our debut album ‘ONE’ available this Fall.
Cheers, and I hope to catch y’all on the road soon.