Brent Smith and Zach Myers have announced they will be releasing a new studio album that will be coming out next month.
Just last month the duo announced that they were releasing Smith & Myers Volume 1 on October 9, and now they are following that with the release of Smith & Myers Volume 2 on October 23. The CD and LP – which bring you both volumes together in one package – are available for pre-order now. The double LP will be released on November 13 and is available in an exclusive limited edition shiny black vinyl. You can pre-order your copy here.
Smith & Myers Volume 2 will include five original songs as well as five re-imagined fan-submitted songs which include Oasis’s “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell,” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” Smith & Myers Volume 1 is available for pre-order now here and will include five original tunes and five re-imaginings of fan-submitted songs including Post Malone’s “Better Now,” INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart,” Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” Full track listings for both albums can be found below.
To coincide with today’s announcement, Smith & Myers have also released not one but two songs today – the original “Bad At Love” and their own re-imagined version of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.”
“‘Bad At Love’ was one of the very first original songs to be written for the project. I think ultimately the song was born from my own romantic relationships. When I love someone, I love them fully, and sometimes the passion can be too much. I always know when it’s time to move on. That being said, I am extremely grateful that I am still very good friends with the ladies I have loved, and still love, to this day,” shares Brent.
“‘Bad at Love’ was one of the first original songs we wrote for this album … lyrically Brent was writing about things in his life that maybe we wouldn’t really touch on with Shinedown and I think it came out to be an incredibly naked and honest song. And I think ‘Bad Guy’ turned out very cool – it’s a nice bluesy version of the song,” says Zach.
This will be the duo’s first full-length album and also the first original music to be released since they put out acoustic cover EPs – Acoustic Sessions, Part 1 and Acoustic Sessions, Part 2 – back in 2014. Primarily known as part of the band Shinedown, Smith & Myers are garnering a lot of attention as a twosome and it’s great to see new music coming from them during this troublesome time.
The pair will also be co-headlining Come Together, a virtual music festival organized by Sound Mind Live in celebration of World Mental Health Day, which is October 10. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting mental health resources and programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will also feature performances from the likes of Jason Isbell, American Authors, Jade Bird, and more.
On top of all of this, Smith & Myers will also be performing as a duo live for fans at a string of drive-in shows this October. Ticket for the Chicago, Columbus, and East Swanzey shows are available now, with all remaining shows going on-sale on September 26 at 10am local time.
UPCOMING SMITH & MYERS LIVE SHOWS
October 9 – Chicago, IL @ Lakeshore Drive-In
October 10 – Columbus, OH @ Westland Mall Drive-In
October 15 – East Swanzey, NH @ Cheshire Fairgrounds
October 17 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Festival Grounds
October 21 – Memphis, TN @ Malco Summer Drive-In
SMITH & MYERS VOLUME 1 TRACK LISTING:
1. Not Mad Enough
2. Rockin’ In The Free World
3. The Weight of It All
4. Better Now
6. Never Tear Us Apart
7. Coast To Coast
9. Since You Were Mine
10. Unchained Melody
SMITH & MYERS VOLUME 2 TRACK LISTING:
1. Bad At Love
2. Bad Guy
3. New School Shiver
5. GBL GBD
6. Rebel Yell
7. Like You Never Left
8. Losing My Religion
9. One More Time
10. Don’t Look Back In Anger