Shinedown’s Brent & Eric talk with Wes Styles about the plans for the new album and much more.
Styles caught up the guys on the bus outside of The Pageant in St. Louis on Tuesday, July 12 before their sold out shot. During the conversation a lot was covered including plans for the up-coming sixth studio album.
Eric Bass explained:
So, yeah, I’m stepping up and doing the whole thing and I’m gonna produce the whole record. But that’s actually lot of fun for me, because normally I’m not a proponent of self-produced bands and that sort of thing, but I think this band has a different mentality and a different approach to things. Most bands are looking to self-produce so they can become a spaceship and fly off somewhere and do whatever it is they do. For us, it’s always about the songs and the fans and just really trying to deliver great songs. So that’s never gonna away, never gonna change.
Brent Smith continues:
The thing about it is we’re about ninety percent sure that it’s gonna be a concept record. That’s a very, very deep rabbit hole to go down, but I think we’re ready to do it. The band’s never done this before, and taking in that type of an atmosphere sonically is really taking an audience on a journey.
We’ve always talked about our records being like a roller coaster, but this is a little bit more intense, ’cause there’s a lot more themes involved and there’s a storyline to be built, and there’s also actual characters. So that in and of itself kind of puts us in a really cool spot, because it allows us to be very creative. But in the same breath, we’re not gonna go in there — like Eric said so elegantly — we’re not gonna turn into a spaceship. You know what I mean? We’re not gonna in there and tinker with sounds and be looking at things because it really does come down to the songs.
Hear the full interview below. Special thanks to Blabbermouth for the transcription.