Brent Smith Says Shinedown’s Upcoming Album Will Seem “Controversial” And “Provocative” To Some People

During a recent interview with 95.9 The Rat’s Carl Craft, Shinedown’s Brent Smith discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will seem “controversial” and “provocative” to some people.

Smith said the following:

“We wanted to push everything to the front. And what I mean by that is we’ve proven that we can make these records that there’s a lot of musicianship involved in it, and we have layered our records over the years because we love music and we love sound and we try to make really cinematic records. So with that, you have a lot of instrumentation that is not just drums, bass, guitar and vocals — we use orchestras, we use a lot of synthesizers, we use a lot of techniques that… We don’t believe in… Don’t tie your hands up when you’re making a record. Make the record that you wanna make. And ultimately, though, what we wanted to do with this album was make it just as ferocious as the other records but not utilizing so much of some of the style that we’ve done in the past with layering and layering guitars, adding lots of synth beds, stacking the vocals.

I come from the Freddie Mercury school when it comes to vocals and layering and backgrounds and things of that nature because I try — I say ‘try’ — try to use my voice as an instrument. But this is about really less is more. So the majority of this record is authentically drums, bass, guitar. There are piano songs; there’s two really, really very intense-subject-matter piano songs that are gonna be in SHINEDOWN seven. But we wanted to make a real rock record, we wanted to make a real record where we focus on just making sure that the band is being heard the way the band needs to be heard. So, not a lot of layering. It doesn’t mean it’s any less powerful; it’s just we’re not dealing with a lot of stacks. We’re just putting things left to right stereo, pushing everything to the front. The vocals aren’t layered a ton — not a lot of effects on the vocals, so not a lot of delays and reverbs and things like that. A lot of the vocals on the record are dry and kind of right up in your face.”

He also added the following about the lyrical content:

“Going through everything that the world went through last year, and we wrote the majority of the record last year, and this year, we couldn’t turn a blind eye to everything that was going on. And we talk on this record, and we express on this record — we’re not trying to dance around certain subject matter. We’re trying to be very honest and very real. In a lot of ways, this is a very humanitarian record.”

He continued when asked if the album will “piss people off”:

“Possibly. But the thing about it is I don’t necessarily think it’s about pissing people off; it’s about understanding what we all went through but where we need to go now. I think that it gets lost. It’s never supposed to be about… And I say this because I’m being very, very bold and very honest about it. This country, it’s not called the Divided States Of America; it’s called the United States Of America, and we want people to understand that that comes down to the people; that comes down to us. And us being able to not only work with each other, to grow with one another. But when you have certain people in power that do not have your best interests in mind, you have to stand up and make your voice heard. When I see what’s going on in regards to people’s freedom of speech and it being censored and people being pushed into a corner because of their opinions and what have you. You need to be able to have constructive conversations with each other in order to get actual action to happen for positive change.”

Smith also commented on the first single, which is expected to be released next month:

“It honestly addresses everything that society has dealt with from a planetary platform, if you will — not just here in the U.S., but the whole world — what the last 18 months has been like, and, at least in our opinion, how we’ve gotta move forward.

Listen, the record… We’re talking about things that we’ve never talked about before. We’re opening up the conversation into different subject matters that SHINEDOWN has never addressed. We have the full support of our label, our management and hopefully our fanbase, whether they’ve been there from day one or they’re just kind of finding out who we are. But it’s a record that I think some people will consider controversial, I think some people will consider to be very provocative, especially for SHINEDOWN, but it’s also something that we feel that it is very important and that it is necessary… Don’t get me wrong either — there’s a lot of triumph on this record, but there’s also a lot of having to take a step back and go, ‘What’s really going on? And how do we stop it from happening if it’s going to be something negative on the human race as a whole?’ Our society, the way that we live with one another, we share this planet with a lot of different organisms and creatures. It’s not just about us. It’s important that everybody really takes a step back and doesn’t always make it about them. We have to work together — like, all of us; we’ve really gotta start working together with each other and really creating a positive change forward for not only society but also for this beautiful planet that we’ve been given.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Cancel Philadelphia, PA Show

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have cancelled their December 9 show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Smith issued the following statement:

“Hey everyone… If there is one thing that I NEVER, ever want to do, it’s cancel a show ESPECIALLY in Philadelphia… I know that there is speculation online that I might have tested positive for Covid-19… That is NOT the case. I have tested multiple times, and I am negative. I have a combination of strep throat, and a pretty gnarly sinus infection, and as much as I hate to admit this I would not be able to give you my 100% tonight. To everyone @933wmmr and @pierrerobertwmmr I promise I will make it up to you somehow in the very near future. This is not something that Myself nor @zmyersofficial takes lightly. We love you Philly, and like I said I promise I will make it up to you All. Much Love, and Respect ❤️ All refunds will be processed automatically. Thank you to everyone for understanding”

Shinedown Finish New Album

Shinedown have officially finished their new album. Singer Brent Smith confirmed the news during a recent interview with Rock Titan TV:

“I can tell everybody right now, ’cause people have been asking about it. So Shinedown 7 is completed. We’re finishing up a couple of things as far as the mastering is concerned with our boy Ted Jensen, who’s a mastering engineer in Nashville. So we’ve got a couple of tweaks here and there, but you’re gonna get a new Shinedown record [in] early 2022.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Announce Late Fall Tour

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have announced a fall tour with JR Moore and Zack Mack. Here’s the dates

11/30 Memphis, TN – The Soundstage At Graceland
12/01 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center
12/03 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
12/04 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
12/05 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
12/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/08 Worcester, MA – Palladium
12/09 New York, NY – Town Hall
12/11 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
12/12 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
12/16 Chicago, IL – Radius
12/17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
12/18 Cincinnati, OH – Icon Music Center

Shinedown Plan To Release New Single In January

During a recent interview with New Jersey’s WSOU 89.5, Shinedown’s Brent Smith revealed that the band are planning to release a new single in January 2022. He said the following:

“I can tell you right now the first single, you’re gonna hear it in the first month of 2022. And then hopefully a couple of months later, there’ll be a [full-length] record out.”

Shinedown’s Brent Smith & We Came As Romans Help Out Spiritbox Following Limp Bizkit’s Tour Cancellation

Spiritbox were opening for Limp Bizkit on their summer tour, but after the trek got cancelled, it left the band with some financial problems. However, some of their peers have stepped forward to help them out including Shinedown’s Brent Smith and We Came As Romans.

Spiritbox said the following about that on Twitter:

“Can we talk about what an amazing person @TheBrentSmith from @Shinedown is? He just gifted us $10,000 towards our losses since our tour was recently cancelled. This is such an amazing and kind gesture, seriously thank you!

We also want to thank @wecameasromans who we rented the majority of our light package from, they decided to waive the invoice and help soften our losses. It has been an emotional past few days but things like this have restored our faith in humanity.

We have never met @TheBrentSmith and we barely know the guys in @wecameasromans . These people were not helping out a friend in need, they are just truly selfless people who wanted to do something kind for another band. We hope to conduct ourselves like them someday.”

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Premiere “Bad At Love” Video

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have premiered a new video for their song “Bad At Love.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Volume 2.”

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Announce Acoustic Tour

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have announced a May acoustic tour. Here’s the dates:

05/18 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/19 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
05/21 Green Bay, WI – TBA
05/22 Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field
05/23 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
05/26 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion Ballroom
05/29 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company

The duo commented:

“We are excited to announce that we’re safely hitting the road this May! We feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to play live for you in a socially distanced and safe environment. We’ll perform songs from our double album, acoustic renditions of your favorite Shinedown hits + more.”

Shinedown Planning To Release New Album After The Summer

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Brent Smith offered an update on the new Shinedown album. According to him, the band are planning to release the effort after the summer.

Smith said the following:

“I can’t give you exact dates on everything for the new record. I can tell you that we will be looking after summer for release. So that is something I can tell you, as far as new music is concerned, with the new album. What we’re doing exactly right now, Zach is actually going to be in Charleston in about five days, ’cause that’s where we’re recording [the new album] — at Eric’s studio that we just finished. So he comes in in about five days. Myself and Eric and Zach, we’re putting kind of like the finishing touches on stuff that we were working on previously. Barry is gonna arrive around April, and then we’re gonna cement the recording process of that.”

He also added the following about touring plans:

“We’re working with promoters right now, kind of doing an overlay of how it can be done. Each day we’re starting to get good news and better news, but we have to be mindful. I know a lot of people are concerned about the variants [of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19], but that’s what viruses do — they mutate. The biggest thing is we need to be able to trust the medical community, trust the people to get us through this. But as far as touring is concerned, we’re locking in [dates]. Fingers crossed, we’re gonna be doing shows — full Shinedown — hopefully by August of this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Shinedown’s Brent Smith And Eric Bass Perform Cover Of “Christmas Time Is Here”

Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Eric Bass recently performed a cover of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” from the 1965 TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for Baltimore’s 98 Rock. You can check that out below, along with acoustic performances of “Atlas Falls,” “Unity,” and “Monsters.”