Brent Smith and Zack Myers are gearing up to release their debut album as Smith & Myers on October 9 and the duo spoke with RADIO.COM's Taryn Daly about the record, the weird cover requests they received, social media, and more.
Smith & Myers has been a project the duo from Shinedown has had around for awhile, but their upcoming album Smith & Myers Vol. 1 will mark the first time the two will be releasing original music under the moniker.
Despite it being their first album, Brent offered up a MAJOR tease early on in the conversation of what more will come from the project. “You’ll find out next week if there’s another volume," he said.
Zach then joked, “what if we say ‘you’ll find out next week if there’s another volume’ and then we tweet out ‘there’s no other volume.’”
Jokes aside, we’re amped to finally hear their first album. The duo once again took requests from fans on what songs they should cover. “One that was in the final conversation was ‘All Too Well’ by Taylor Swift, which sounds like something we wouldn’t do, but is one of our favorite songs,” Zach said.
“Brent played me the song and I said ‘this isn’t one of the best songs I’ve heard in the past year, this is one of the best songs I’ve heard ever.’”
The duo also received a bunch of requests for 80’s songs by artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and George Michael.
While those songs didn't make the cut, the record will feature a diverse set of covers from the likes of Post Malone, INXS, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, and Neil Young.
The pair also touched on how social media has affected them and how they’ve managed to navigate it in a positive manner. “I used to be the guy that got roped into comments,” Zach said.
“Brent would always say there’s a million positive comments to one negative comment and I would laser focus on the negative comment. Now, I just don’t read it if it’s a negative comment. I delete it, block the person, and that’s that.”
It's really easy to get sucked into a spiral of negativity. “When you focus on the negative, you’re going to get negative back,” Zach added.
Brent echoed Zach’s thoughts discussing how people have the tendency to focus on the one negative comment rather than the positive ones. “At the end of the day does it really matter?” he asked.
Smith & Myers Vol. 1 will be released on October 9. You can find more information about the album on the band's website.