Shinedown has been sidelined from touring like every other band due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped them from writing new music.

The band has been hard at work on the follow-up to 2018’s Attention Attention with frontman Brent Smith saying in a new interview with Metal Hammer, “…the last two months I’ve been working with [bassist] Eric [Bass] on ‘Shinedown 7’, and we’re about nine songs into that.”

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Smith’s interview with Metal Hammer covers a wide range of topics from when was the last time he cried (“the day that Eddie Van Halen died”) to the first time he felt like a rock star. It even touched on the side project of Smith & Myers with Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers and notably the two covers albums they released in 2020. When asked whether “…the world really need another version of Neil Young’s ‘Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World,'” Smith replied, “It needed our version, and we did that one because I believe that its second verse is an overlooked example of pure poetry. The song’s essence is not simply the chorus; it’s right there in that second verse.”

Whether you cared for Smith & Myers’ cover of “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World” or not, it’s hard to argue against his point about the song’s second verse.

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