Good things are happening for Cathercist, the five-man rock group out of Gulfport, as they are on a national tour as the opening act for American Head Charge.
As they hit the road, their single "Anything at All" is receiving national radio airplay. The tour will take them from Arkansas to California with 23 shows, including the world-famous Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, Calif.
Guitarist Taylor Roberts spoke with the Sun Herald the day before embarking on the tour.
He said that in addition to the tour, they are picked up for a second, separate tour that will keep them on the road a few more weeks in March.
Additionally, he is glowingly proud to have just learned they were chosen to endorse Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars.
It wasn't always this good, though. Roberts said the early years were a struggle.
Roberts formed Cathercist in 2007, but it was a revolving door of members and never seemed to be a serious effort until 2010 when he was joined by singer Zack Sawyer.
"I met Zack in 2010 and it got a little more serious. We did our first recording in 2011," he said. "There were lots of ups and downs. At some points we didn't think we would make it, and then we'd be on cloud nine, and then we would drop right back down."
Since 2010, the band produced their debut, "The Untimely Death of Zack Sawyer," and the 2013 release "As Hope Expires."
They also played live on the local legs of national tours like Rockstar Uproar and Carnival of Madness.
Fans can see their video for the single "Disconnected" on YouTube.
Roberts said that while the band's music evolved, they stayed true to their roots of hard core rock.
"We might try to have one or two radio-friendly singles on each album, but mostly we play what we feel and we draw our inspirations from every angle," he said.
Roberts said everyone in the band makes sacrifices to devote themselves to the music, but that being on the road isn't so bad.
"It's not all sunshine and roses on the road, but I wouldn't trade it for the world," he said.