Shinedown’s new album “Attention Attention” drops on May 4th, two days before the hit the stage at Bridgestone Arena with FFDP. Brent says that he met a long time fan at a meet and greet and the fan had a request of the band. “Can you make it heavier?”
He’s like, ‘I want it to punch me in the chest,'” Smith tells Alternative Press. “So, even though we were in the studio and we were writing the album, what that young man said stayed with me.”
“Listening to our audience is so, so crucial,” he adds. “Because they’re the ones who decide whether we stay or go.”
The music itself isn’t the only heavy aspect of Attention Attention. The album is loosely organized around the concepts of perseverance and redemption.
“It’s a record about not being afraid to fail,” Smith explains. “It’s a record about understanding that you’re going to make mistakes. What you can’t do is paralyze yourself into a corner and not attempt anything because you don’t think you can accomplish it.”
“I don’t think people are defined by their failures; I think people are defined by the fact that they didn’t give up,” he continues. “That’s a lot of what this album represents.”
Attention Attention, which features the lead single “Devil,” will be released May 4.
Be Just And Fear Not