Seether’s new album, “Holding On to Strings Better Left to Fray,” is due out next week, but save for the first single — the decidedly noncountry “Country Song” — singer-guitarist Shaun Morgan has been loathe to play the any of the fresh material in concert.
“I don’t necessarily want to start playing new stuff yet because I feel like there should be some mystery to the album when it comes out,” explains Morgan, 32, who founded Seether in 1999 in his native South Africa but now lives in New Hampshire after a long spell in Los Angeles. “We’ve played a couple of new songs over the past couple months, and immediately they get posted on YouTube, and I think some of the mystique gets lost.
“And I find that playing the new stuff never really goes down as well as you’d anticipate, anyway. People come to hear the songs they know, so it’s better if they’ve had some time to live with the (new songs) before we start playing them.”
The current tour also finds Seether back to being a trio after the surprising and acrimonious departure of guitarist Troy McLawhorn, who was rumored to be joining Evanescence — led by Morgan’s former girlfriend Amy Lee — although that report’s been denied. Morgan, for his part, isn’t shedding any tears — “I’m not the kind of person who’s going to beg somebody to stay if they don’t want to,” he notes — and is happy enough for Seether to be a three-piece yet again.
“Originally we were a three-piece band in South Africa,” Morgan says, “so it’s something I’m accustomed to. So now we’ve gone back to that and we’ve moved on and I think we’re a better band for it. We’re having a great time, the band’s closer than we’ve ever been before and I just think, surprisingly, it was a welcome change for us and not something we’re gonna spend too much time crying over.”
Seether, My Darkest Days and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus perform Monday, May 18, at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.99 in advance, $28 at the door. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com. Seether will also be part of the Uproar Festival this summer at the DTE Energy Music Festival, but dates have not yet been announced.
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