» By ANTHONY IRIZARRY – airizarry1@my.apsu.edu

At some point in our lives, whether it was early in our youth or late in adulthood, we’ve all dreamt of either becoming something great, or achieving a noteworthy feat. It didn’t matter what it was, but what did matter was that it was something we loved to do and wanted to excel at.

However, as time dragged its overbearing weight throughout our lives, we’ve all been pulled away from those desires through the pressure of a widespread, industrialist mindset that no longer applauds the individual, the drive to pursue one’s unique happiness.

Nelson Mandela once wrote, “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

For Nick James, lead singer of the band Throwing Gravity, following his dream was a no-brainer. “Music was pretty much in the blood. Mostly everyone in my family played some kind of instrument,” James said, who started writing songs at the age of 14.

It was a passion for music which ultimately brought together all of the members of this Nashville band, which include: Tom Dupree (drums), Sam Hindmarsh (Bass/Vocals), James (Guitar/vocals), Chris Scott (Piano/Keyboard/Programming) and Jesse Triplett (guitar).

Throwing Gravity, which started its musical pursuit three years ago, is a “modern rock band with alternative elements,” James said. Others in the industry have drawn a comparison to “3 Doors Down” and “Breaking Benjamin.”

The band has recently released their first album titled, “It’s Not the End.” The entire process of creating the album took three months of sacrifice.

According to James, the hardest part of creating this album was the adversity they had faced years ago, mainly on account of a misdealing with Universal. “We had already made another album, but we were dropped by the label, and they stayed with our record,” he said.

“Starting over was definitely the biggest challenge,” James said.

Dupree, wasn’t shy about picking favorites in terms of the album’s singles. “‘Circles,’ the opening track, is my favorite because it has a very aggressive drum solo.”

Dupree followed up by picking “The Inside” as another favorite single.

The two band members expressed enthusiasm with regards to the upcoming show at The Warehouse in Clarksville, which will be taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
According to James, the performance will start between 9 and 10 p.m. and cost $5 per person. TAS