Shinedown’s Zach Myers Releases 15-Year-Old Album From The Fairwell “Schizophrenic Love Songs, Pt. 1”

Shinedown’s Zach Myers has released a new album, titled “Schizophrenic Love Songs, Pt. 1,” from his The Fairwell project. The guitarist recorded the effort 15 years ago and it can found on the service of your choice HERE.

“Schizophrenic Love Songs, Pt. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Beauty Of Falling Down”
02. “Hold On Tight”
03. “Untitled”
04. “Save My Life”
05. “This Goodbye”
06. “Diary”
07. “Your Last Song”
08. “The Worst Of You”
09. “Start All Over”
10. “Keep On Moving”

Myers commented:

“This is an album I made 15 years ago. And after I joined Shinedown 15 years ago, I just never got around to putting it out. But for some reason, in those 15 years, a month didn’t go by where someone didn’t ask me when it was coming out… well… here’s an album I made when I was 23 years old.

I started The Fairwell in 2001 after we broke up The Zach Myers Band, due to record label issues and a myriad of other things.

We had a made a few EPs / Demos, and by 2006, we had gone through the last lineup change that pretty much solidified Chris Allen and I were really the only two main members of the band, along with live members Zack Smith and Zach Kirk (a lot of Zachs).

I had been writing a ton between 2001 and 2006. I joined Shinedown around 2004 / 2005 as a touring guitar player with the original lineup… after a few long tours Brent (Smith, vocalist) and I talked one night and decided in 2006 that we should part ways.

The truth is. Neither of us wanted to not be playing together. But for the health of the original band, which was already massively on the decline sanity wise, we decided it was for the best.

At this time I called my friend Skidd Mills and decided Chris and I would go into 747 Studios and make The Fairwell album. We spent every day for months in the studio with Skidd. And really became a team in there… all these songs I had written about… love (being an emo), loss, relationships (good and bad), break ups… losing my cousin Justin to suicide… all of these things were in these songs. We finished and loved it… and planned on releasing it in 2007.

After only about three months separated from Shinedown… Brent and I talked on the phone one night and he asked if I’d come play with SD again, most likely on a permanent level… I was actually a bit hesitant to go back to do just past drama… and I was honestly considering taking an audition for Taking Back Sunday.

I ended up going to what felt like home… and all these years later Shinedown still feels like home But 2020 made me reflective on this record I made with Chris and Skidd 14 years ago.
And I realized as much as I’ve grown as a writer and a singer (I’m not much of either on this album)… I don’t think a month went by in those 14 years where someone didn’t ask me if I’d ever release it.

Well… without telling anyone… (including the band members), it comes out January 8th. It’s called Schizophrenic Love Songs because that’s what it sounds like. It’s been named that since 2006. These are songs I wrote when I was very young. And I was angry… I didn’t have the life I had now. But I still look back on them fondly.

Please be gentle listening…

[via Bravewords]

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.

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.

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:


Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):


Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

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]

Watch Shinedown’s Zach Myers Perform “Use Me” In Honor Of The Late Bill Withers

Shinedown’s Zach Myers has shared footage of himself performing “Use Me” in honor of Bill Withers, who recently passed away at the age of 81. You can watch that below: