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Interview:
Seether survives turmoil on latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Seether's Shaun Morgan says he feels inspired to write songs "when I'm feeling sort of like there's a could over my head." And that was definitely the case for his band`s sixth studio album, "Isolate and Medicate."

Seether had parted ways with its previous record company, where "nobody...gave us a heads-up or even a courtesy call or an e.mail or a 'thank you' or a 'screw you' or anything. Communication just stopped. That really hurt. And I was terrified." And he poured all of that into the new album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in June.

"I took the whole thing with (the label) really personally, I think," notes Morgan, 35, who formed Seether during 1999 in South Africa as Saron Gas before subsequently moving to the U.S. "I was a really angry man, and that anger carried through the whole time I was writing. I almost abandoned hope, so I fell back into all the vices that I knew very well" -- hence the "Isolate and Medicate" title.

"That's basically what I was doing the whole way through the process. I was completely by myself, pretty much, and I just felt like nobody was making contact, nobody cared. I would sit in my studio and I would get hammered or high or whatever was the choice of the day, and music would come out of it. "And it's funny, because the more you chase the numbness, the more it goes in the oppose way and you become more emotional. I wouldn't want to repeat that, but whatever I did certainly helped make this album, which I'm really proud of."

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