Eyeballing its two-decade anniversary subsequent yr, Shinedown has fairly a couple of causes to be pleased.
The rock quartet from Jacksonville, Florida has offered greater than 10 million information since 2023, and it ranks as the best of all time on Billboard journal’s Mainstream Rock Artist Chart. Shinedown additionally has probably the most No. 1 singles on the Mainstream Rock chart (18), and all of its singles have reached the High 5 on that survey.
The band’s newest album, “Planet Zero” – launched in July and produced by bassist Eric Bass – continued its streak. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, spawning the chart-topping singles “Daylight” and the title observe. The album has already been licensed gold, and Shinedown is again on the street to offer a dwell stream of their new music…
- Talking through Zoom alongside Bass, Shinedown frontman Brent Smith stated the band approached “Planet Zero” with the concept of creating one thing that sounded totally different from its predecessors. “We’re recognized for making these large, cinematic information,” Smith, 44, says. “This time round, we put all of it on the market for the listeners, with out layering a lot or having plenty of results or cues or issues of that nature. As a substitute of taking a guitar observe and pasting it, like, 12 occasions to make it larger, it was extra like discovering a superb sound and turning the amp up as loud as attainable. This adjustments the sound of the disc. It makes him meaner, rawer.
- Being totally different wasn’t simple, based on Bass, 47, who additionally engineered and combined “Planet Zero.” “This one tried to kill me a number of occasions. I all the time need to hear one thing totally different, sonically. I’ve to have a purpose on each document. I prefer to have an endpoint that I am making an attempt to succeed in. If I succeed, who is aware of, however I am all the time on the lookout for one thing totally different. There was plenty of doubt… however ultimately, I feel that is what offers him his edge. I am actually happy with that, however in a really possible way, this document was made with plenty of blood, sweat and tears.
- Bass says “Planet Zero” took its title and idea from the occasions, together with the pandemic and civil unrest, throughout which it was conceived and recorded. “I used to name the US ‘planet zero’. That was my nickname for it. It appeared there was no intelligence, no tolerance for anybody’s opinion, no duty for something. We kinda checked out one another and thought, “Let’s write a tune about being on planet zero.” It is kind of a glimpse into the long run if we proceed down this path.
- Smith, too, acknowledges that “there’s so much to unpack with the document,” however finally it is a document about pulling again the curtain. After we began writing, it was like, ‘Are we doing the crystal ball methodology… let’s attempt to write in about three years, as a result of it will not all the time be like this? It is going to get higher. And finally, what occurred is that issues simply weren’t getting higher and issues have been getting much more divisive. We have all the time been an trustworthy bunch, so it was inconceivable to not write about what we have seen occur…these tales which can be pushed and solely divide us. It appears actually harmful.
- Smith and guitarist Zach Myers have toured as a duo through the pandemic, taking part in socially distanced reveals, and likewise launched a pair of albums. However the singer says there’s nothing higher than getting Shinedown again on the street. “Everybody is worked up as hell about these (coming) reveals. We all know learn how to shoot, even in the course of Covid. It is slightly bit totally different, yeah, however what does not change is the power and what you are there to do for individuals. I am all the time terrified earlier than I’m going on stage, and I might be frightened if I wasn’t nervous as a result of it lets me know I am alive. However as quickly as we set foot on stage, the mechanism takes over and the muscle reminiscence kicks in. We’re simply able to go, man!
Shinedown, Jellyroll and John Harvie carry out at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Independence Township. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.