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Smith / Kotzen –Better Days mlp


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2021 Record Store Day release on black vinyl

The Better Days EP reflects the ongoing strength of the dynamic writing and 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 And 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.

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

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BMG Records

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BMGCAT554EP / 405053870079