Shinedown: New Album is ‘the Best Thing We’ve Ever Done’

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Here’s another rock band looking to release a new album in 2018: Shinedown. Aside from a handful of summer tour dates, the guys spent much of last year writing and recording songs for their new record, and now, the new album “is done,” according to guitarist Zach Myers. As Myers explains, the upcoming album is now in the mixing phase, which means it should be unveiled in the next few months. It’s also the rock band’s first record to be produced completely by bass player Eric Bass.

“Our part (of the new album) is done,” Myers told Razor 94.7 radio station in a new interview. “Not all of our part — Eric is now mixing the record as well. He was just gonna produce it and someone else was gonna mix it. But now he’s mixing the record. So Eric is not done, but the (rest) of us are done with our recording parts. So it is done. It’s in the can.”

So, what do the new tunes sound like? According to Myers, “It’s heavier than ‘Threat To Survival’, but it’s fresh, it’s new. My favorite thing about our band is that we’ve never made the same record twice.

Myers added, “There’s so many bands you know on Active Rock radio that have their potion — ‘I’m gonna pour this in here, and pour this in here’ — and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. And I’m, like, I have to be an artist first; all four of us do. I have to be a musician first, so I can’t just cookie-cut the same sheet of dough and go, ‘Well, here it is. It worked last time.’ I’d rather not do that and fail than do that and succeed. And that’s truly how I feel.”

Myers also said the band recorded 16 songs for the new set, and in the end, he expects “12 or 13” will make the final cut. “It’s the hardest album for me — I think for all four of us,” he added. “And I’m not just saying this; everybody, when they make (a new album, they insist), ‘It’s the best thing we’ve ever done.’ I’m being honest when I say it’s the hardest record for me so far trying to cut a song from.”

Publication date: January 8, 2018



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