Shinedown Shares Life-Affirming 'How Did You Love' Video: Exclusive Premiere

Darren Doane
Shinedown

The new visual uses clips from the short film 'The Hound of Heaven' by N.D. Wilson.

Shinedown's new video for "How Did You Love" came together through chance circumstance by way of a shared artistic vision and a mutual friend. 

As the heavy rock band's frontman Brent Smith tells Billboard, "I was in a very unique place in my life while we were writing the album Threat To Survival and there are very specific, heavy themes throughout it. This song 'How Did You Love' is about understanding and respecting your own mortality. Not in a morbid, negative way, but in a way that inspires you to live each day to its fullest and without regret, especially when it comes to your relationships and your individuality. You need to be at peace and proud when you look back and ask yourself, 'how did you love?'"

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Smith says he knew the video needed to be "something special" to tie in with this concept. He spoke with the band's longtime collaborator director Darren Doane, who had recently seen a finished cut of a short film called The Hound of Heaven by N.D. Wilson, produced by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's son Hisao Kurosawa. Doane had been inspired by the film and said it shared a similar theme to "How Did You Love," recommending the two get together. They did and Shinedown's new video uses video from the film and The Hound of Heaven -- which will was released digitally on Tuesday (Oct. 4) will get some extra attention from the rock band's audience. 

"It was like the song and film were kindred spirits that somehow found each other," continues Smith. "I was thrilled that the legendary Kurosawa Productions allowed us to use choice footage of their remarkable film in our video. I believe in this beautiful universe, as an artist, the song, and the film were meant to find one another."

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Watch Shinedown's "How Did You Love" video here, premiering exclusively with Billboard:

Shinedown will be hitting the road later this month on a co-headlining tour with Five Finger Death Punch that kicks off Oct. 18 in at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas, and runs until Dec. 10 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

See full dates here:

Oct. 18 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Oct. 19 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater
Oct. 21 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oct. 22 Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 23 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 25 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
Oct. 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 28 Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 29 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Oct. 31 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Nov. 02 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Nov. 03 Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
Nov. 05 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Nov. 07 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 09 Billings, MT @ MetraPark Fairgrounds
Nov. 11 Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
Nov. 12 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Nov. 13 La Crosse, WI @ La Crosse Center
Nov. 15 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 17 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 18 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Nov. 19 Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
Nov. 21 Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
Nov. 22 Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
Nov. 25 Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Nov. 26 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Nov. 27 Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
Nov. 29 Syracuse, NY @ OnCenter
Dec. 01 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 02 Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
Dec. 03 Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Dec. 05 Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec. 06 Charleston, SC @ N. Charleston Civic Center
Dec. 08 Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena
Dec. 09 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Dec. 10 Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center