Shinedown - Biography
Shinedown were formed in Florida in 2001 and signed during a wave of excited at the burgeoning post-grunge scene that had taken US charts by storm at the back end of the 20th century.
Their blend of hard rock and melodic hooks, combined with an outstanding live pedigree set them apart from the other emergent rock acts of the time, however, and their fiercely loyal fanbase grew fast.
Their debut album, Leave A Whisper, wore its southern rock influences firmly on its sleeve (they even included a version of Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’ as a bonus track) and their impact was almost immediate. All four of the singles released from Leave A Whisper reached the top five of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and the album has since reached platinum status and sold nearly one and a half million copies.
But despite the success, the band clearly had greater ambitions on their sophomore album. In October 2005 the band released Us and Them, which went on to produce three singles; "Save Me", "I Dare You", and "Heroes". The lead single, "Save Me", maintained the #1 position of the Active Rock Charts for twelve weeks straight and it helped propel the album to top 30 of the US album charts.
By the time the band released their awesome third album, The Sound Of Madness, they were really hitting their stride.
Powered by the explosive first single "Devour,” a protest song lashing out at the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq War, The Sound of Madness was undoubtedly their strongest record yet. Aided by Green Day producer Rob Cavallo, the album yielded five singles, with four of them topping the Mainstream Rock and the fantastic "Second Chance” reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
The Sound of Madness went on to spend 120 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, starting from its June 24, 2008 release and ending in late October 2010.
The band spent much of the next few years on the road, releasing an excellent live album called Somewhere In The Stratosphere in 2011, and consolidating their position as one of the best modern rock acts around.
The band spent the latter part of 2011 recording their new album, Amaryllis. Once again Rob Cavallo is at the helm and Shinedown are looking set to conquer the rest of the world in the same way that they’ve conquered the US.
A high profile slot at Download Festival will earn them a lot more friends on these shores, and with plenty of radio play for their most recent single and a lot of buzz around Amaryllis we could be looking at a very big year for Shinedown.