In Greek mythology, Atlas holds the celestial sphere on his shoulders – but if he happens to slip, rockers Shinedown want to assure the world that we can hold each other up in trying times like these. To that end, the Florida band's previously unreleased song "Atlas Falls" speaks to our ability to rally during times of crisis. "During the writing and recording of the Amaryllis album there was a song that meant a great deal to me and the band titled 'Atlas Falls.' Although the song did not make the album, I always felt that one day the world would hear it," says frontman Brent Smith. "It has never been clearer to me than right now that the time has come for ‘Atlas Falls’ to arrive.”
The band is donating the proceeds from the song and their new t-shirt to the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief, which provides protective equipment and essential medical items for those on the frontlines of the pandemic. In just one week, Shinedown has raised $120,000 for Direct Relief, including the $20,000 they donated.
"I have always said and believe to be true that music can heal us all. We need music, and each other, now more than ever as we all are witnessing a global pandemic unlike anything we have ever seen in many generations," Smith says. "Myself, Barry, Zach, Eric, and our Shinedown family want the entire world to know that we are in this together, and we must all do our part and continue to encourage love, respect and taking care of each other. Now is the time to put our differences aside so that we can truly lift each other up. We have partnered with an incredible organization Direct Relief who are doing important work globally to help the medical community receive the resources they need in order to save lives."