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Shinedown's chomping at the bit for new album release

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Shinedown is celebrating its career to this point on its latest tour, even "going back to some of the old stuff and songs we haven't played in a long time" according to drummer Barry Kerch.

But the Florida rock quartet is also chomping at the bit to play new material.

It's coming; Shinedown has finished its fifth studio album, following 2012's gold-certified "Amaryllis," for release some time this fall. There's a new single, "Cut The Cord," but the group is keeping most of the album -- including its title -- under wraps for the time being.

"We definitely can't wait to play this new stuff," Kerch, 38, says by phone from at our stop in Wisconsin. "But it's also a lot of fun for us to be on this tour, 'cause it's theaters, which we haven't done in a long time. And we were off the road for a year and nine months, so to come back we're having to knock the dust off ourselves to get back into fighting shape, and that's kind of fun."

The tour is also showing Kerch and his mates that there's still plenty of demand for the band, which has notched 18 Top 5 Mainstream Rock hits since 2003.

"It's exciting to know you can go away for that long and make a record and still come back to a viable fan base," the drummer says. "We were tired. We'd been pushing ourselves for the last 15 years, and we didn't really ever take a break. That was the longest break we had in the history of Shinedown. We just needed to go be with our families and be home for a minute and collect our thoughts -- and spend tome time writing."

The result of that is a different-sounding Shinedown on the upcoming album. The group's rock roots are intact, but working with a variety of collaborators rather than one producer, Shinedown's latest is big, glossy and polished record that straddles the rock-pop divide in a matter that won't sound unfamiliar to fans of, say, Imagine Dragons.

And, Kerch acknowledges, that's exactly what Shinedown wanted to do.

"Everybody keeps saying 'rock is dead, rock is dead,' and in a way it is," he says. "So much of it sounds like the same thing, and I'm bored by it. I haven't bought a rock records in awhile. So we wanted to be fresh and not write the same stuff over and over again. We have to grow and music tastes have changed and the sound of music has changed.

"We want to stay viable and have a career. We look at bands like U2, and when they hit their 'Achtung Baby'/'Popmart' stage it was a different sound for them but it was still them. That's kind of what we're going for, and we hope people will go with us."

Shinedown and Nothing More

Tuesday, July 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $35-$75.

Call 248-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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