Today, SMITH & MYERS – the duo comprising SHINEDOWN’s frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers – have released two tracks from their newly-announced full-length album, SMITH & MYERS Volume 2, out 23rd October via Atlantic Records. The collection follows in the wake of Volume 1’s release on 9th October.
Original track Bad At Love is a vulnerable and personal song about the difficulties of staying in a romantic relationship and is accompanied by a brand new video directed by Sanjay Parikh. Bad At Love is paired with the release of a grungy, re-imagined version of Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy.
SMITH & MYERS Volume 2 is available for pre-order now and features five original tunes and five re-imaginings of fan-submitted songs, including 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 (full track listing below). Additionally, both the CD and LP – which combine Volumes 1 and 2 into one package – are also available now for pre-order. The Double LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and available in an exclusive limited edition Shiny Black vinyl in the S&M store. The vinyl will be released 13th November. Pre-order the collection here.
Brent tells us; “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.”
Zach says “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.”