Interview: Shinedown

Guitarist Zach Myers on the phone...

For the better part of a decade, Florida rock act Shinedown has been a relentless recording and touring machine. Apparently 2012 will offer much of the same for fans.

Shinedown returns to the region as the headlining act on the 2012 Avalanche Tour on Thursday, April 5, with a concert at the House of Blues in Houston. Special guests include Adelitas Way and New Medicine. Tickets are $25 at all Ticketmaster outlets, but, as of Sunday, it appears the show has sold out.
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Shinedown arrives in Houston barely a week after releasing its fourth album, “Amaryllis,” through Atlantic Records. The album features the number one single, “Bully,” and it should debut in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart based on early sales estimates.
The band, which features Brent Smith, vocals; Zach Myers, guitar; Eric Bass, bass; and Barry Kerch, drums, has just started its tour and is ready to make 2012 the best year ever for Shinedown and its fans.

Local Music Guide: What does this album represent for Shinedown?

Zach Myers: The album is about our destiny. We were kind of nervous when we went into the studio and started recording these songs because we weren’t sure if we could top “Sounds of Madness,” but I think we did top it personally. We all realized it as it was coming together. This record is kind of special for us.

LMG: Did working with Rob Cavallo as producer again (Sounds of Madness) help with this record too?

ZM: Oh yeah. Rob’s great. He knocked this record out of the park. He’s a busy guy, so he wasn’t there as much as he was with ‘Madness,’ but he really knows what works and how we do things and how to get the best out of us.
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LMG: The song “Bully” has been burning up the charts and its message has been very well received. In this day and age of bullying and violence, it is definitely a song people will relate to. Was it personal for you or any of the band?

ZM: I was a scrawny guy with long-hair back in school (laughs). I was the nerd of the ’90s. I didn’t fit in with everyone, but that was OK. I liked being different, but I did get bullied a lot. It’s just something we need to help stop, no matter where it is.

LMG: Speaking of new songs, I remember when you first started touring in support of “Sounds of Madness” you guys played seven new songs from the album. Will Shinedown be introducing fans to new songs from “Amaryllis” in the same way?

ZM: We’ll probably play five or six new songs. I make the set the list and it’s getting quite difficult now. It’s definitely a long set, around 16 or 17 songs, but fans are in for some changes. There’s are some songs we are dropping from the set, like “I Dare You” for example. It’s tough, but we’ve got four albums of material to choose from now.

LMG: Any thoughts on the next single yet?

ZM: It will be “Unity.” We played it on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, and there’s already a viral video for it. We’ll be shooting the official video for “Unity” in the next couple of weeks.
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LMG: Shinedown has a reputation as being a live band. You guys seem to tour relentlessly. Can fans expect more of the same now that “Amaryllis” has arrived?

ZM: (laughing) Yeah, we do tend to tour a lot. Too say the least, we do stay busy. We did 447 shows on the “Sounds of Madness” tour in about two-and-a-half years. That’s a lot of shows, believe me.

LMG: I was kind of surprised to see that, for this tour, Shinedown was performing in such small venues.

ZM: Well, we really haven’t played venues this small since early 2009. We thought it was a great way to get up close with the fans again and really feel that connection and that energy. We’ve got bigger plans for later this year.

LMG: Will we see Shinedown on the “Carnival of Madness” tour again, like in 2010?

ZM: No, no “Carnival” tour this year. We’ve got something different in mind. We’ll be going out on a big amphi-theater tour for the summer, and we’ll be headlining it.

LMG: There will be some tough competition on the road this summer. A lot of big tours like Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Kiss and Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper, and even the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Any concerns?

ZM: There are a lot of good tours out there, but we are working on something that should be exciting for our fans as well. It’s definitely going to be a good summer for concerts.

For more information on the band, visit www.Shinedown.com
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posted at 19:33:57 on 04/04/12 by Admin - Category: 02 Interviews

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