For a band that has certainly endured its fair share of struggles, Throwing Gravity looks to be in a better place in 2012 as they continue to promote their latest album, It’s Not The End. Lead singer, Nick James, recently took some off to talk with Alternative Addiction about the band’s progress as well as their time on the road with 12 Stones, Blameshift, and Digital Summer.
Though Throwing Gravity recently returned home from touring with 12 Stones and company, the group was actually supposed to embark on a tour alongside Cavo earlier this year before plans for the tour fell through. Needless to say, the band found themselves in panic mode for a moment as they scrambled to re-group and formulate new touring plans. “We were supposed to go out with them (Cavo) and then it was going to be 12 Stones after that; but that fell through and the stress level kind of shot through the roof at that point…it’s been an up and down ride for sure with this band but we’ve made a couple changes now in management and I feel things are moving in a more positive direction.”
Despite the cancellation of the Cavo tour, Throwing Gravity forged on and lined up a tour with 12 Stones, Blameshift, and Digital Summer. And while James openly admitted the tour didn’t pick up full steam until about halfway through, Throwing Gravity was simply happy just to be back on the road and playing for their fans. “It was great to be back out there and awesome getting to meet and have fun with all the fans. All those guys are great and we had a blast. It’s just good to finally get to play your music in front of people and not have to sit at home…it was kind of sad we couldn’t continue to go that full package for at least another month because it was honestly building some good steam and we became family with those guys of Blameshift and 12 Stones; so that tour was definitely the super highlight of this year.”
While the recent tour hit states across the country, James noted that playing at the Milestone Club in North Carolina was an important moment for the group. The club, which was established back in 1969, has hosted hundreds of artists over the years including music legends, Nirvana. “There were a lot of great venues but the Milestone in Charlotte was amazing…we were talking to the bartender and the promoter, and they told us Nirvana used to come through there all the time so we basically played on the same stage they did which was a cool moment. The crowd there was really awesome and I actually wasn’t expecting much but it was a pretty amazing show.”
But in contrast to the band’s experience at the Milestone Club, James joked a bit about how his hometown of Nashville can be one of the most difficult places to play. Known for its long and storied musical history, Nashville is home to a plethora of musicians and because of this, it can be quite challenging to earn a crowd’s approval. “I love Nashville but when you think about the market, it’s just that everybody’s here for music and to play music…it’s a tough town to play in and when you’re a hometown band, you have to play here once a year and if twice, then you’re squeezing the life out of everything because there’s so many musicians here. So basically people will sit there, cross their arms, and say I can do better than that (laughs).”
Throwing Gravity plans to hit the road again with Blameshift this month and tour the south before beginning a tour with Royal Bliss later this fall. The band is also in the process of creating a music video for their song, “The Inside,” and could possibly be looking to do another video for “Best Time” as well.