SHINEDOWN Singer: 'We're Never Gonna Phone An Album In'

SHINEDOWN Singer: 'We're Never Gonna Phone An Album In'

Brent Smith has told “The Morning Blaze” in a new interview that SHINEDOWN never approaches the making of its albums with the intention of topping its previous releases. “We try not to compare anything and put it in the idea of, ‘I need to beat the last record that we did,'” the singer said. “The way that we look at is we’re never gonna phone an album in, just like we’re never gonna phone in writing a song. But the fact of the matter is we don’t wanna write the same record over and over again, and we definitely don’t write the same song over and over again. So I think, for us, it’s more about looking at where we are at the time and deciding what direction we need to go in.”

He continued: “One of the things we did differently on [SHINEDOWN‘s latest album, ‘Attention Attention’] was we didn’t even consider any other producers. We’ve had some great teachers over the years — male and female — but it was time for us to do it ourselves. So we did the album in-house. And Eric Bass, who is our bass player, who is way more than just a bass player, he took the reins and he took the position. A lot of people may not know this, but Eric is the producer of ‘Attention Attention’. He also is the main engineer of the record and he mixed the album.

“We had been getting closer and closer to being able to really look at the big picture here and let him do the entire record,” Brent added. “‘Cause he’s actually done other songs that… ‘Cause he is the producer and he engineered the song ‘Diamond Eyes’; he was also a songwriter on that. He engineered and he produced the song ‘Cut The Cord’, which was the first single off of ‘Threat To Survival’. And he’s done a number of other songs in a single mentality. But it was time for him to take on an entire record, and he was the right guy for the job. He had a good quote about it too… He said, ‘I’d rather go crazy making it myself rather than watch someone else go crazy trying to make it.'”

“Attention Attention”, SHINEDOWN‘s sixth studio album, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart back in May. The follow-up to 2015’s “Threat To Survival” tells the story of a character who starts out defeated and slowly overcomes pain and personal struggles and becomes confident at the end. The album also lyrically touches upon Smith‘s former drug addiction and Bass‘s depression.

SHINEDOWN will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in February. Support on the trek will come from PAPA ROACH and ASKING ALEXANDRIA.

Photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine

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SLASH Says Rock And Roll Became 'Dull And Boring' But 'Seems To Be Turning Over A New Leaf'

SLASH Says Rock And Roll Became 'Dull And Boring' But 'Seems To Be Turning Over A New Leaf'

In a brand new interview with Billboard Radio China, Slash spoke about the fact that urban music (which includes hip-hop, rap, and R&B) has, for the first time in history, usurped rock and roll as the world’s favorite genre. Asked if he thinks rock is a bit of a “hiding period” right now, the GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist said: “I get asked this question pretty often. And far be it from me to have the answers.

“When VELVET REVOLVER came out, there was definitely a movement that started in the early to mid-’90s that held up all the way through the end of that decade and went into the millennium. And so we came out and there was tons of new rock and roll bands. And they weren’t ‘nu metal’ and they weren’t indie bands, but there was definitely this kind of indie-esque feel to them. And I think one of the reasons that VELVET REVOLVER was as successful as it was had a lot to do with [singer] Scott Weiland, because he was still a holdover from that kind of thing, with [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS], that came from the ’90s and blah blah blah. Anyway, but it was all cool. And then, as we got down the line, it seemed that rock sort of got… More than anything, the commercial approach to rock and roll that the industry forces on bands, or forces people to think that this is how they have to go about it to succeed, and it just turns into this generic mishmosh that manages to get on the radio but doesn’t really turn anybody on, and it’s just dull and boring and people start looking elsewhere. And I think that was, really, what happened to the industry, as far as rock and roll is concerned, after 2006 up until just recently. But it seems to be turning over a new leaf right now. So I’m really interested to see where it goes over the next few years, ’cause there’s a lot of really hungry young rock and roll bands getting together right now that I’m aware of. And, obviously, GRETA VAN FLEET have done amazingly well and made everybody perk up and go, ‘Oh, wow!’ Now there’s people out there looking for young, teenage rock and roll bands to sign. So it’s interesting. If you watch everything as it develops in real time, it’s really, really boring and shit takes what seems like forever. But if you’re not paying attention, all of sudden, you’ll turn around and go, ‘Oh my God! Something just changed.’ And it’s just a constant state of ebbs and flows of rock and roll in this business.”

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS‘ latest album, “Living The Dream”, was released in September via Slash‘s own label Snakepit Records, in partnership with Roadrunner Records.

“Living The Dream” is Slash‘s fourth solo album, and third with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass and vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar and vocals). The artwork was created by renowned visual artist Ron English.
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WEDNESDAY 13's 'Necrophaze' Will Be 'The Ultimate Horror Record'

WEDNESDAY 13's 'Necrophaze' Will Be 'The Ultimate Horror Record'

Horror-punk stalwart Wednesday 13 spoke to Music Interview Corner about the status of his next studio album, “Necrophaze”, tentatively due in early 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

“It’s going to be really cool,” he said (see video below). “I’m doing something totally different. All my records are different. It’s still a little too early to say — I don’t want to give it all out — but I think the fans are gonna love it. I think it’s gonna be the ultimate horror record that I’ve ever done. And it’s something different. I can’t explain it yet. It’s not a concept record, but it’s something no one’s ever [done] before that I know of, and it’s gonna be cool… It’s all coming together… We’ll be making an announcement about it soon. And it’s gonna be awesome. There’s so much cool stuff beyond the music, if that makes sense. We’ve got some cool stuff going on with it. I’m excited.”

According to Wednesday 13, the “Necrophaze” artwork and packaging will be designed to appeal to old-school fans who appreciate the physical product and its specific traits.

“If I get my way, there’s gonna be two different album covers — one for vinyl, one for the CDs,” he said. “Totally different artwork. CDs are dying. I still like CDs. I like vinyl. I still prefer CDs. I love to look at vinyl, and I like listening to vinyl sometimes. But CDs are kind of dying — a lot of people don’t care about CDs anymore — so I’m putting extra work into the package, so our fans will care about it. ‘Cause our fans do — they appreciate the packaging. And I’m one of those guys that used to buy a record and I wanted to open it up and see what this band was about. That was awesome to me. Some bands don’t care. So, this is gonna tell the story, and I’m doing it in two different formats. And it’s gonna be cool.”

Wednesday 13 also talked about the songwriting for “Necrophaze”, saying that it was a more collaborative effort than in the past.

“My band’s very involved with the writing and the recording part, especially with this new one and the last record,” he said. “They’ve written more of the music than I have, as far as when I used to write the guitar parts. But, of course, I still do all the vocals and give ideas. I wrote a few songs on the record, and our drummer wrote a few songs, Roman [Surman, guitar] wrote a few songs. So it’s a collective thing, just like ‘Condolences’ was — same people. But I brought in Jack [Tankersley, guitar] and Troy [Doebbler, bass] this time, so they got a few songs. So this is really a collective thing this time. And it’s different — it’s different, but it’s the same, if that makes sense. Old fans will like it, the newer fans will like it, and the fans that don’t even know who we are yet — the unknown ones — will love it; we’ll be their favorite new band.”

Wednesday 13‘s latest album, “Condolences”, was released in June 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015’s “Monsters Of The Universe” was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who previously worked with Wednesday 13 and guitarist Roman Surman on the 2010 MURDERDOLLS album “Women & Children Last”. The artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

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