The band may be called Black Tide, but things have been pretty sunny since the youthful hard rock group from Miami released its 2008 debut album, “Light From Above.”
“I think things are going great,” says bassist Zachary Sandler, one of Black Tide’s “old men” at 20 (drummer Steven Spence is a few months older, while frontman Gabriel Garcia is 17). “Every day’s the best thing, you know, just not being at home — being on tour, seeing the world, playing to kids and having them enjoy what we do.
“Few things, I think, are greater than getting to perform your art and having people appreciate it.”
Sandler says that “everyone’s always asking about” Black Tide’s next album, even though “Light From Above” isn’t even a year old yet. Nevertheless, he says the group members are “tossing around ideas” and hope to use a month-long break after their current tour to do some intensive songwriting.
“It’s going to be a little different for us, I think,” Sandler says. “I don’t know how to describe the direction some of these ideas are going in; it’s still very much us, but we’re going to try a few new things, experiment a little. We’ve also become much better musicians and writers.
“I think that’s needed. I think every band should grow on each album. Maybe you don’t expect Slayer to come out with something different from what they do, but you should expect younger bands like us to grow and show where we can go.”
Black Tide performs with Escape the Fate, Attack Attack and William Control Saturday (Feb. 28) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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