Tracks Of The Week results: Shinedown shoot to the top
Our latest Tracks Of The Week poll developed into a closely fought battle between Shinedown, Spock’s Beard and Stone Sour.
Brent Smith’s bunch (ie. Shinedown) eventually emerged triumphant with 27.75% of total votes cast, followed by Spock’s Beard (25.65%) and Stone Sour (23.04%).
Check out the full results below – and watch out for another TOTW poll, coming soon.
1. Shinedown – I’ll Follow You (27.75%)
The track is taken from their fourth album, Amaryllis, which came out last year but still seems to be delivering the goods for Brent Smith and co. They recently announced a US tour alongside Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human, which kicks off in mid-August in Cleveland, Ohio, and ends a month later in Sacramento, California.
2. Spock’s Beard – Submerged (25.65%)
The proggers recently completed a European headline tour with InsideOut label-mates Sound Of Contact and Beardfish. Just previous to starting that tour, they filmed a music video for the track Submerged. Alan Morse (guitar/vocals) had this to say about the filming of the clip: “This is the best video we’ve done yet, we’re really proud of it. We had a great time making it, though it was a lot of work. It looks fantastic – the director, actors and crew were all really top notch, it was a pleasure to work with them. The director, Michael Beaudry, had a powerful vision to go with the song, and I think he executed it brilliantly. Plus he’s just a really cool guy. Hope you all like it, more to come…”
3. Stone Sour – The Uncanny Valley (23.04%)
The track is taken from recent masterwork House Of Gold And Bones, which was released in two parts with the second instalment appearing in April. Frontman Corey Taylor enjoyed a busy three days at the recent Download festival, headlining Friday’s show with Slipknot, appearing at a book signing on Saturday then playing the main stage with Stone Sour on Sunday. He also recently released the first three issues of a comic based on the House Of Gold And Bones storyline.
4. Lissie – Shameless (11.52%)
After covering Zep’s Stairway To Heaven, having her great Fleetwood Mac rendition (Go Your Own Way) featured on a Twinings advert and guest-starring on (whisper it) Robbie Williams’ last album, Lissie is heralding the upcoming release of her second album with the attitude-packed Shameless. A blistering take on the fame game and style-over-substance celebrities, the song showcases Lissie’s tougher, gutsier side. We’re particularly digging the chorus: “I don’t want to be famous / If I got to be shameless / If you don’t know what my name is / So what, so what?”
5. King Khan & The Shrines – Born To Die (6.81%)
King Khan & The Shrines have unveiled the first track, Born To Die, from their upcoming album Idle No More set for release on September 3 via Merge Records. Six years since the release of KK&TS’ last album What Is!?, Idle No More is full of sweat-drenched, ass-shaking, psyched-out numbers, complete with rip-roaring horn lines, southern-fried guitar riffs and lysergic melodies. Or, as Classic Rock Ed in Chief Scott Rowley comments: “Pretty good, totally mad garage rock. They played the Austin Psych Fest dressed as Egyptian kings from what I could tell.”
6. Venrez – Unforeseen (5.24%)
Venrez are made up of singer Steven Berez (whose last syllables of his first and last name serve as the group’s moniker), guitarists Jason Womack and Alex Kane, bassist Michael Bradford and drummer Ed Davis. The Los Angeles-based combo will release their new album American Illusion on July 30; Unforeseen is its opening track. “Unforeseen,” explains Berez, “is my favourite track on the LP. It’s brutally heavy and demanding to play right. It’s At The Drive-In meets Alice in Chains, and really reflects the experiences we’ve had touring the world together.”