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Smith/Kotzen - "Better Days" (video)

Shadows around me, all around me
Blood moon is burning,
Trying to blind me
Why you wanna blind me?
What's going on, what's going on?

Oh oh why, here I stay
How I long for yesterday
Slow my mind, feel my pain
I still wait for better days
Oh better days

Well, north star is shining,
Trying to blind me
Blood moon is burning,
Won’t you guide me
What’s going on, what’s going on?

Oh oh why, here I stay
How I long for yesterday
Slow my mind, feel my pain
I still wait for better days

Oh oh why, here I stay
How I long for yesterday
Slow my mind, feel my pain
I still wait for better days


Το ep των Smith/Kotzen "Better Days"
Ο Adrian Smith δεν νομίζω ότι χρειάζεται πως ιδιαίτερες συστάσεις. Εκ των κιθαριστών των Iron Maiden από τις πρώτες ημέρες τους μέχρι και σήμερα (με εξαίρεση την δεκαετία του ενενήντα).

Από την άλλη και ο Richie Kotzen έχει μία μακρά πορεία στον "χώρο" με συμμετοχές σε μπάντες όπως οι Mr. Big, οι Poison, οι The Winery Dogs κλπ. Οι δυο τους ένωσαν πέρυσι τις δυνάμεις τους στο συγκρότημα - project που φέρει ως όνομα τα επώνυμά τους (Smith / Kotzen). Και κάπως έτσι κυκλοφόρησε το (ομώνυμο) ντεμπούτο τους τον περασμένο Μάρτιο.

Το νέο τους δισκογραφικό πόνημα (και δεύτερο μέσα στο 2021) είναι ep τεσσάρων τραγουδιών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Better Days" κι έχει προγραμματισθεί να κυκλοφορήσει στα τέλη του τρέχοντος μήνα, με το βίντεο του ομότιτλου τραγουδιού να προετοιμάζει το έδαφος...

Δελτίο τύπου: «BMG are delighted to announce a global limited edition 12” black vinyl release of four previously unreleased tracks by Smith/Kotzen on November 26th in conjunction with international Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.

The Better Days EP reflects the ongoing strength of the dynamic writing & recording partnership between these two world-class musicians, following their eponymous debut album released in March 2021 to media and fan acclaim, charting in the Top 20 in markets such as UK, Germany, US and Canada; a tremendous accomplishment for an inaugural collaboration project.

Better Days continues this trajectory with its huge hooks and driving riffs, coupled with the pair’s now-traditional vocal trade-offs building to crescendo with its soaring, unforgettable chorus. The final two songs on the EP were recorded at Windermere on Turks & Caicos Islands in March 2020.

"Better Days" and "Got A Hold On Me" followed at The House recording studio in Los Angeles in April 2021 when Smith / Kotzen were finally able to reconvene after lockdown and to shoot an accompanying video for the title track.

As with the Smith/Kotzen album, the EP was produced by Richie and Adrian, and mixed by Kevin Shirley. Richie comments “When Adrian came over to LA earlier this year, we got together and started throwing ideas around and we very quickly came up with the new songs.

‘Better Days’ almost seemed to write itself. It’s got a nice groove to it. Adrian came in with the riff and we came up with a melody for the chorus together, pretty much working to the same formula we used when writing the S/K album, bouncing ideas off each other.


Adrian adds “’Better Days is a song I’m really excited about. I think its slightly different to the songs on the Smith/Kotzen album - it’s kind of heavy but melodic. I’d played Richie the riff and I was looking for a reaction, and I got one!

Kind of like the old grey whistle test scenario - there was a spark and we started building the song from there. I’d have an idea, then Richie would have an idea and we’d go back and forth, like building blocks.
” The record will be available from all good Independent record stores and available as a download on November 26th.»

Band: Smith / Kotzen
Formed in: 2020
Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock
Years active: 2020-present

Video: "Better Days"
Directed by: Jeff Wolfe
Filmed at: Mates studio (in Los Angeles)

Album: "Better Days"
Type: EP
Release date: November 26th, 2021
Format: Vinyl

Track listing:
1. Better Days
2. Got A Hold On Me
3. Hate And Love
4. Rise Again

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