Shinedown

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Shinedown
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Shinedown in 2015
Background information
Origin Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Genres
Years active 2001–present
Labels
Website shinedown.com
Members
Past members

Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few lineup changes followed, and the band's current lineup consists of Smith and Kerch, the band's only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist Eric Bass. Since Shinedown's inception, the group has released five albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). Shinedown has sold more than six million albums worldwide.[1]

History[edit]

Leave a Whisper (2003–2005)[edit]

Leave a Whisper was the band's debut album, released July 5, 2003; an enhanced version came out on June 15, 2004. It featured tracks such as "Fly from the Inside," "Burning Bright," "45," and a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, "Simple Man."

In 2005, the band released a live DVD that contained the majority of the songs from the debut album; it was called Live from the Inside. The DVD featured the final concert of the Leave a Whisper touring schedule and also contained a documentary.

Us and Them (2005–2008)[edit]

After the successful Leave a Whisper and accompanying tour, the band went back into the studio in 2005 to record its second album. On October 4, 2005, the band released Us and Them, which went on to produce three singles: "Save Me," "I Dare You," and "Heroes." The lead single, "Save Me," stayed in the No.1 position of the Active Rock Charts for twelve weeks straight, setting a record for the band. The two other singles had similar success. "I Dare You" was notably performed on American Idol by Chris Daughtry and was used as the secondary theme song for the WWE flagship pay-per-view Wrestlemania 22. Us and Them was certified gold by the RIAA on November 13, 2006.[2]

The album was released in three different versions: the regular 13-track version, a limited edition with three bonus acoustic tracks, and a store-specific version with two bonus tracks ("Break" and "Carried Away.") After the album's release, the band took part in 2006's SnoCore Tour with Seether, Flyleaf, and Halestorm. After that the band joined Trapt for the Equinox Tour. The members of Shinedown then played their first overseas concert at the London Astoria on June 6, 2006, supporting Alter Bridge. In the summer of 2006, the band opened for Godsmack and Rob Zombie on their tour of North America. After that, the band effectively ending its current touring schedule.

The Sound of Madness (2008–2011)[edit]

The band began recording its third album, The Sound of Madness, in Los Angeles on September 20, 2007. It was released on June 24, 2008. A deluxe edition was released later and included three extra tracks. The first single, "Devour," was released on May 6, 2008 and was the band's second No. 1 on the active rock chart.

The "Devour" music video was released on June 25, 2008, and the song was featured in three different productions. It was used as the theme song for the WWE pay-per-view Night of Champions 2008, was used in the soundtrack of the 2009 film, The Final Destination, and was included in the soundtrack for Madden NFL 09. On August 30, 2009, NBC used the album's title track, "Sound of Madness," in its review of the WWE Shawn Michaels/The Undertaker match in Wrestlemania 25.

Shinedown live in 2008

"Second Chance," the second single off The Sound of Madness, is Shinedown's biggest hit to date, being the band's first top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached No. 1 for three consecutive weeks during its time on the chart. "Second Chance" has since gone double platinum.[2] Ironically, for the song "that broke into everything," it was one the band members hated when they first wrote it.[3]

On April 11, 2008, lead singer Brent Smith announced that Jasin Todd was leaving the band, saying, "At this time, he's no longer with us in Shinedown." In the liner notes of The Sound of Madness, Smith says that he loves Todd and considers him the "brother [he] never had." Since parting ways with Shinedown, Todd has remained out of the public eye. Although rumors briefly surfaced that he had joined Soil (the band promptly denied this),[4] he eventually became the guitarist for the rock band Fuel.

Shinedown re-released the albums, Leave a Whisper and Us and Them as deluxe editions on July 7, 2009. The albums are only available digitally. The two re-released albums included 25 tracks that had not been previously released, including seven tracks that had never been heard before.

November 18, 2009 brought the release of The Sight of Madness, the band's first digital video album. The album features the band's videos and five live recordings from an early 2009 performance at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. This release is only available on iTunes. On December 18, the video for "Second Chance" ranked No.7 on VH1's Top 40 Music Videos of 2009. Because of that ranking, it was on the countdown for 20 weeks. Other singles from the album are "If You Only Knew" and "The Crow & the Butterfly."

Shinedown was nominated for, but did not win, the "Alternative Rock" category at the American Music Awards in 2009. The nomination was due to the radio success of the hit single "Second Chance."[citation needed].

During shows on December 15, 2009 in Rockford, Illinois and December 18 in Biloxi, Mississippi, the band joined Papa Roach on stage to record a live version of U2's "Beautiful Day" for Papa Roach's upcoming live album. The band later headlined the "Carnival of Madness” tour in the U.S., which began July 16 and wrapped up September 3, 2010 at the Alaska State Fair.

"The Crow & the Butterfly" was the fifth single released from the album and began receiving airplay on April 6, 2010. Shinedown next released two songs for movie soundtracks. The track "Her Name is Alice" was done for the movie Alice in Wonderland and released on the respective soundtrack named Almost Alice. Shinedown also contributed "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" to the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables.[5] The song was released to online retailers on June 21, 2010, and as an official single December 7, 2010.[6]

Shinedown released a deluxe CD/DVD edition of The Sound of Madness, on November 23, 2010. It featured nine bonus songs, including a version of the track "Breaking Inside," with guest vocals from Halestorm's Lzzy Hale, all the music videos filmed for The Sound of Madness, an interview with the band, and five live clips previously available only on iTunes.

The Sound of Madness went on to spend 120 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, starting from its June 24, 2008 release and ending in late October 2010.

In 2010, the band announced an acoustic tour called "Anything and Everything." On this tour, the band members offered to take questions and song requests from the audience.[7] Shinedown also added a second guitarist, Alan Price, for the entire tour. The band hand-selected Will Hoge to open for them on the tour, as the members (Zach Myers especially) have been fans of Hoge's for years. Brent Smith announced that the band planned to record a live DVD of the "Anything and Everything" tour in Kansas City, Missouri, and that it will be distributed along with the Carnival of Madness DVD, which was another live DVD recorded in the last year.[8]

Amaryllis (2011–2015)[edit]

Zach Myers performing in 2013.

On February 21, 2011, via video chat on Shinedown's official website, the band announced the name of the new live DVD would be Somewhere in the Stratosphere.[9] On March 8, it was announced that the album, a double CD/DVD, would be released on 3 May and include footage from the Carnival of Madness and Anything and Everything tours, as well as backstage footage, interviews, and other material.[10] Somewhere in the Stratosphere was released on May 3, 2011.

In March 2011, guitarist Zach Myers stated that the band was working on their fourth studio album.[11]

While attending the 59th annual BMI Pop Awards on 17 May, Brent Smith was asked if the new album was similar to that on 2008′s platinum-certified album The Sound of Madness. Smith responded back, “Not really, because we can’t compare any of the other records to this one — just like we can’t compare the first one to the second one or the third one to the first one,” he said. “We pride ourselves on being a band that each record sounds completely different than the last. The beautiful thing is the journey and finding out where you are in your life, not only as a person, but where you are as an artist and as a musician and how far you’ve come and how far you’ve grown. So, for us, we tour a lot — our last record, we toured for almost three years — so it’s very, very crucial and very, very important for us for this fourth record [to be as strong as possible], so we take our time.” [12]

On August 16, 2011, it was announced that Shinedown had begun recording new material at Ocean Way Recording with producer Rob Cavallo, who had previously worked with the band on The Sound of Madness.[13] On December 15, it was announced that Shinedown planned to release their first single of their new album, "Bully", on January 3, 2012.[14]

On January 3, 2012, in conjunction with their new single "Bully" being released, the band announced that the new album will be entitled Amaryllis and would be released March 27, 2012, with pre-orders available on January 17.[15] The following day, it was confirmed that the band has secured a deal with Roadrunner records to release the album in every territory besides the US where they are still signed to Atlantic.[16]

Shinedown also contributed the song titled "I'm Alive" to the soundtrack of the film The Avengers, which was released May 1, 2012.[17] The band released a music video for their third single from Amaryllis, "Enemies", on July 17, 2012.[18]

On November 7, 2012, Brent Smith officially announced in an interview with NME that they already have a new album recorded. According to him, "it's still very massive, it still has an epic feel to it all, but the tempo is a little slower, and the subject matter is a little different. I would say it's actually a bit darker, a little bit more mischievous."[19] On November 12, 2012, Shinedown and Three Days Grace announced a co-headlined tour beginning on February 1, 2013, and was supported by P.O.D.[20]

On July 16, 2013, Shinedown opened for Kiss in Regina, Saskatchewan in the Brandt Center in front of almost 7000 people.

In April 2013, Smith and Myers recorded ten acoustic cover songs requested by fans, to be released over ten days, including songs such as Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and Adele's "Someone Like You".[21] The songs were planned to be released with videos of the recordings. However, some of the artists being covered (Adele, Phil Collins, Pearl Jam, and Bon Jovi) disagreed with the idea of releasing the videos.[22] The extended play was reduced to six songs, with videos being released on the days leading up to January 28, 2014, when (Acoustic Sessions) - EP was released.[23][24] Later, on March 18, 2014, (Acoustic Sessions, Pt. 2) - EP was released with the previously omitted tracks.[25]

Threat to Survival (2015-present)[edit]

On June 29, 2015, the band released a new single titled "Cut the Cord."[26]It has been used as the theme song for WWE Hell in a Cell 2015. On August 7, 2015, the band announced its fifth album would be titled Threat to Survival, to be released September 18, 2015.[27] Two additional songs were made available digitally ahead of the album's release—"Black Cadillac" on August 14[28] and "State of My Head" on August 27.[29] State of My Head was later officially released to radio as the album's second single. It was followed up by a third single, "Asking For It."

Musical style[edit]

Shinedown's music has been characterized under hard rock,[30][31][32] alternative metal[33][34][35] and post-grunge.[36][37][38] In August 2013, drummer Barry Kerch disagreed with genres ascribed to the band. He stated "We're just a rock 'n' roll band. My least favorite one was post-grunge, I didn’t know there was a pre-grunge. I thought it was just grunge."[39]

Band members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Main article: Shinedown discography

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