Tweet on Twitter Seventeen years into an already prolific career, Brent Smith and Shinedown are about to release their most important album to date. Sometimes the best opportunities arise from situations that — at least initially — feel like the end of the world. Back in , Brent Smith thought his world was falling when his band Dreve was dropped by Atlantic Records before releasing a single album.
The label was unhappy with the group, but they retained Smith because they believed in his abilities as a vocalist and songwriter.
Smith was then given the unique opportunity a year later to recruit and develop a new band, Shinedown , which would go on to become one of the most successful and prolific acts of the new millennium. The group has only played a handful of dates so far this year, but Smith feels pretty good about how things are progressing.
I guess the best way to say it is you have to be able to maneuver in regards to your schedule, staging, and what have you. You have to be ready for anything the road throws at you, and I think we have done that time around. Following their current run in Canada, the group will return to the US in early May for a string of nine performances with fellow rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch. That tour is followed by a run of shows in the UK, as well as various festival performances around the globe.
The band with then appear in amphitheaters around the US with Godsmack until the start fall, at which point Smith claims they will hop on another, as of yet unannounced tour package. Shinedown is preparing to launch their most ambitious release date, a concept record that urges fans to take a hard look at the uncomfortable parts of themselves and make a change, at a time when the attention span of most listeners is growing increasingly short.
The idea was not one the band had been kicking around for long, but rather an organic development of the creative process. As Smith explains, bassist Eric Bass spent the fall of recording ideas for new material while the band was on tour with Five Finger Death Punch.
We traditionally [wrote] like one-hundred songs and took the ten songs of those one-hundred that we felt were the strongest. From the beginning of writing to the very end, we had an understanding of what we wanted to tell and how it would progress. There, alone with only their thoughts, the listener is tasked with confronting their demons and embracing the things they cannot change.
We want the listener to put themselves in this room. You cannot be afraid to fail. They are so scared of trying something new solely because it is new, and that is no way to live. We live in a very technologically advanced world. I think that human connection, just being in front of someone and conversing with them, is incredibly important.
The song was released online March 7, and the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive. The track quickly climbed the rock singles charts, landing in the top five within three weeks of release.
It also became a permanent fixture on prominent rock playlists across all streaming platforms, which in turn helped the song quickly accrue well over one-million plays. The song also plays a pivotal role in the record and the message the band is hoping to get across with the album.
There are 7 billion people on this planet, and I want to make sure everybody gets an opportunity to hear everything. We were able to play [a lot of] countries for the very first time. What kind of record are you going to make? None of those other albums are like Amaryllis. We never make the same record twice. From the writing and production of the record to the promotion and release, every element of this album has been thought out in extreme detail.
The group set out from day one to do something different, and they have done just that, delivering a fantastic audio voyage that possesses the power to soothe emotional wounds and ignite a fiery passion for change in the gut of anyone willing to listen. Smith remains humbled when given such praise, but he does feel the album fills a void.
Everything on the album is specific, and everything on the album is necessary.