Brent Smith Offers Update On New Shinedown Album: “We’re, Like, 40 Percent There In Regards To The Writing Process”

Brent Smith recently took to social media to offer an update on the new Shinedown album. According to him, the band are about 40 percent through the writing process.

Smith said the following about the new material:

“I think that it is definitely — there are parts of it that are gonna be a product of what we are all going through this year. But there’s also a lot of soul searching on this record. [We’re] really, really focusing super, super hard on the lyrical content, and the way that it sounds.

For us to look at everything that’s going on right now and to listen to some of the new-school artists and seeing what they’re doing with production and what have you, you can always learn from different people,” he continued. “It’s interesting the state of kind of where music is right now, ’cause there’s a lot of it.”

He also added:

“I’d say we’re, like, 40 percent there in regards to the writing process. We’ll see by the end of the year where we’re at, and then the timeline for getting everything together.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Premiere “One More Time” Video

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have premiered a new video for their song “One More Time.” This track is from the band’s new album “Volume 2,” which was released today (October 23). That effort follows “Volume 1,” which was released earlier this month.

Brent Smith Says Shinedown Are “Nine Songs Into The Writing Process” For Their New Album

During a recent interview with Two Doods Reviews, Shinedown’s Brent Smith revealed that the band are “nine songs into the writing process” for their new album. He also added: “We’re in the demo process at the moment — we’re just writing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Premiere “Panic” Video

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have premiered a new video for their song “Panic.” This track is from the band’s new album “Volume 1,” which was released on October 9. The effort will be followed by “Volume 2” on October 23.

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Premiere Video For Cover Of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have premiered a new video for their cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” That track is from the duo’s new album “Volume 2,” which will be released on October 23. That effort will follow the release of “Volume 1” on October 9.

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Release New Song “Bad At Love” & Cover Of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, previously announced that they will be releasing a new album, titled “Volume 1,” on October 9 and now it looks like more new music is on the way. The duo have now confirmed that they will be releasing another album, titled “Volume 2,” on October 23. The first two tracks from that effort, “Bad At Love” and a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” can be found below:

Smith commented:

“‘Bad At Love’ was one of the very first original songs to be written for the project. I think ultimately the song was born from my own romantic relationships. When I love someone, I love them fully, and sometimes the passion can be too much. I always know when it’s time to move on. That being said, I am extremely grateful that I am still very good friends with the ladies I have loved, and still love, to this day.”

Myers added:

“‘Bad At Love’ was one of the first original songs we wrote for this album … Lyrically, Brent was writing about things in his life that maybe we wouldn’t really touch on with Shinedown and I think it came out to be an incredibly naked and honest song. And I think ‘Bad Guy’ turned out very cool — it’s a nice bluesy version of the song.”

“Volume 1” Track Listing:

01. “Not Mad Enough”
02. “Rockin’ In The Free World” (Neil Young cover)
03. “The Weight of It All”
04. “Better Now” (Post Malone cover)
05. “Panic”
06. “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS cover)
07. “Coast To Coast”
08. “Valerie” (Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse cover)
09. “Since You Were Mine”
10. “Unchained Melody” (Righteous Brothers cover)

“Volume 2” Track Listing:

01. “Bad At Love”
02. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover)
03. “New School Shiver”
04. “Sledgehammer” (Peter Gabriel cover)
05. “GBL GBD”
06. “Rebel Yell” (Billy Idol cover)
07. “Like You Never Left”
08. “Losing My Religion” (R.E.M. cover)
09. “One More Time”
10. “Don’t Look Back In Anger” (Oasis cover)

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Release New Song “Not Mad Enough” & Cover Of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”

Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers will be releasing a new album from their Smith & Myers project on October 9. The effort is simply titled “Volume 1” and the first two tracks from it, “Not Mad Enough” and a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World,” can be found below:

“Volume 1” Track Listing:

01. “Not Mad Enough”
02. “Rockin’ In The Free World” (Neil Young cover)
03. “The Weight of It All”
04. “Better Now” (Post Malone cover)
05. “Panic”
06. “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS cover)
07. “Coast To Coast”
08. “Valerie” (Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse cover)
09. “Since You Were Mine”
10. “Unchained Melody” (Righteous Brothers cover)

Smith said the following about the new record:

“We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy making sure this project is completely authentic. The main reason Smith & Myers exists has to do with the fans. A project that was born from multiple requests over the years has now evolved into its true identity. Make no mistake – it’s about the songs, it’s about the story, and above all it’s about the message.”

Myers added:

“It was an odd time to make a record at the beginning of a global pandemic, but the state of the world is reflected in the art we made on this album. It was some of the most creative times I’ve ever had as a musician or a songwriter. For the covers, we felt that we should approach them as a duo as if we had written the song modern day. With the originals, Brent and I had never discussed some of this subject matter before and we dug so deep while also touching on a world that’s rapidly changing around us the last eight months. We felt it would be disingenuous not to touch on social issues we ALL face as humans. We put a lot into this album and we truly hope you enjoy listening to it.”

In other news, Smith & Myers will also be playing some drive-in shows in Pennsylvania. Those will take place at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park Parking Lot on September 3, Scranton’s Circle Drive-In on September 18, and Butler’s Starlight Drive-In on September 19.

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Recruits Shinedown, Papa Roach, Staind, Etc. Members For “Live From The Living Room” Charity Fundraiser

Sully Erna (Godsmack) has announced a “Live From The Living Room” fundraiser for The Scars Foundation. The event will stream on the frontman’s YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page on August 6 at 5:00 p.m PT / 8:00 p.m. ET and it will feature Godsmack, Erna solo (feat. Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, Papa Roach, Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.

Erna commented:

“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life. But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer. One day, I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.

And that’s why The Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections,’ or ‘scars,’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly!

I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles.

Just remember: you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”

In addition to the livestream, fans can also participate in a charity auction HERE.

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Mastering New Album

Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers have officially finished their new Smith & Myers album. The effort, which is currently being mastered, will feature 10 original songs and 10 covers.

Smith told 104.9 The X the following about the record:

“It’s not just every song on acoustic and a vocal. There’s a bit instrumentation that’s going into this. Also, it’s a double album. So it’s 10 covers that were really picked by the audience. We allowed the audience to submit as many songs as they would like to hear me and Zach perform. Because if you go back to 2014, we did the first SMITH & MYERS, but that was for the fans. We did these two EPs, five songs apiece. They were cover songs that the audience picked. And we put it out, and, honestly, we never really thought anything from it, when we released it, but there was such a demand for it that we decided to give it a shot and try to tour it and see if anybody would come out. To our shock, a lot of people came out. And so we decided with this project that we were gonna go for it and kind of go a bit more in-depth with it.”

“So there’s 10 original SMITH & MYERS songs for the very first time, and then another batch of 10 songs that were really submitted by the audience that we looked at the percentages of everything and we picked the 10 that we felt like people really wanted to hear. And we’re in the mastering process of it right now. We’re in the home stretch of getting it prepared for the audience and for the world, and you’re gonna see some brand new news to come very, very shortly about when that’s gonna be coming out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Brent Smith Hoping To Release New Shinedown Album In June 2021

During a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie on “Whiplash,” Shinedown frontman Brent Smith talked about the band’s new album plans, saying that he is hoping to release a new record in June 2021. Prior to that, Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will be recording a new Smith & Myers album, which they are aiming to release in 2020.

Smith had the following to say about Shinedown’s current plans:

“We are finishing out the final edits on the ‘Attention Attention’ major motion picture. So, that’s being created right now and finally coming into the fold to where we’re getting ready to release it to the world, which we’re extremely excited about, ’cause it’s been almost three years in the making.

But transitioning to the next album, I’ve gotta wait and see what happens. We’re not really gonna start writing it, I don’t believe, until after the ‘Deep Dive’ tour, so we’re not looking at even beginning ‘Shinedown VII,’ the writing phase, until probably late May, the beginning of June this year. I’m hoping to have a record out by June of 2021.

But also me and Zach Myers, we’re gonna be going into the studio in Malibu to work on the second installment of a brand new Smith & Myers record, which hopefully is gonna be released by August of this year — maybe at the latest October. But we’re gonna do a double album, so we’re gonna do 10 covers, or tributes — however you wanna put it — and we’re gonna do, for the first time, 10 original songs, me and Zach, for that project. So, we’ve got a lot of creative going on right now.”

He continued:

“But to answer the question [of what the musical and lyrical approach of the next Shinedown album is going to be]… It’s not easy to answer, to be honest with you. The universe will tell me when it’s time to go. And right now, there’s a lot of creative going on. But I don’t have an answer just this second for what ‘Shinedown VII’ is gonna be. I don’t think it’s time yet to know what that is. But when it’s time, it’ll let me know.”

[via Blabbermouth]