Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few lineup changes followed, and the band’s current lineup consists of Smith and Kerch, the band’s only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist/pianist Eric Bass. Since Shinedown’s inception, the group has released five albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). Shinedown has sold more than six million albums worldwide.
On June 29, 2015, the band released a new single, titled “Cut the Cord.” On August 7, 2015, they announced their fifth album would be titled Threat to Survival, and was released on September 18, 2015. Two additional songs were made available digitally ahead of the album’s release—”Black Cadillac” on August 14 and “State of My Head” on August 27.