When founding guitarist Clint Lowery left Sevendust in 2003, it was not without animosity.
“I wanted to do something different musically and I wanted to work with other guys,” recalls Lowery, 36, who rejoined Sevendust this year. “It wasn’t fair to the Sevendust guys. I couldn’t give them 100 percent.
“Some arguments came out of that. The way it all went down was unfortunate, like a breakup or a divorce. You go through the anger phase, the jealous phase ... all of them. So there was a lot of animosity at the beginning, sure.”
Nevertheless, Lowery — who went on to found the band Dark New Day with his brother, Corey — kept in touch with Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, which led to an eventual reconciliation with the rest of the band. Lowery does not play on Sevendust’s latest album, “Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow,” so he’s not surprisingly most looking forward to the band’s next recording project.
“We’ve already discussed direction,” says Lowery, adding that a live album and DVD will probably come before Sevendust’s next studio album. “I’m in a head space now where I have nothing else on my plate. I’m recently divorced. I don’t have any kids. The only thing I want to do is live and breathe the next Sevendust record.
“I’m in a rare opportunity of my life to dedicate every bit of my focus on that, so I have my expectations set pretty high. I think it’s time for us to make a pivotal record and do something special. I can’t wait to get on it.”
Sevendust and Bloodsimple perform Saturday (June 28) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.