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Interview:
Seether's eyeballing next year for new music
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been a good 15 months since Seether released its latest album, "Isolate and Medicate." And frontman Shaun Morgan is pleased to report that the group still likes playing the songs after touring the world over -- including three runs through North America.

"The stuff's fun to play," Morgan, 36 -- who formed Seether with bassist Dale Stewart at Saron Gas in 2000 before they moved to the U.S. -- says by phone. "It's really groove-y and we play a lot of the heavier side of the stuff on the album so it's definitely more of put your head down and rock out kind of thing when we play those songs. So we're really enjoying it.

"And sometimes you even wind up playing and going, 'Oh, I wish that part was longer, 'cause I really enjoy playing it.' That's a good sign."

"Isolate and Medicate" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 when it came out,launching rock radio hits such as "Words As Weapons," "Same Damn Life" and "Nobody Praying For Me" to join previous Seether favorites like "Broken," "Remedy," "Fake It" and "Rise Above This." A new label, the Bicycle Music Company, has allowed Seether to take its act to even more territories around the world, and Morgan says that in Europe the band found "a far, far more enthusiastic heavy rock market than there is in the States."

Seether plans to serve all its constituencies with some new music in the near future, too. Morgan predicts the group will wrap up touring by the end of this year, with a return to the studio on tap for early 2015.

"I always have that sort of urge, you know what I mean?" he says. "There's always something going on in my head that I'm willing to write about, and I'm always looking to write something. I haven't had the time so bar, but I'm getting to the point where if I don't do it soon I'm gonna lose my mind."

Seether and Within Reason

Saturday, Oct. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $40 and $30.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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