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Seether at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know
It’s 15 years since Saron Gas renamed itself Seether, and much has happened during that time.
The South African-formed, now Nashville-based rock trio has released seven albums, four of which have gone gold or better and launched hits such as “Broken,” “Remedy,” “Fake It,” “Rise Above This,” “Country Song,” “Tonight” and more. The group’s latest, “Poison The Parish,” came out this month and gave Seether its fifth Top 20 debut.
The set also marks the first release for frontman Shaun Morgan’s Canine Riot record label, as well as a return to the heavier sound of Seether’s earlier outings...
• “Poison The Parish” is the first Seether album Morgan, 38, has produced by himself, and he feels the album benefited from that. “The whole album is something I’m really proud of at this point,” he says by phone from Nashville. “I think this time we’ve achieved a sound that’s much closer to what I think we actually sound like and to what I actually hear when I’m writing demos and when I’m trying to sort of materialize these songs and create them. Often it’s quite difficult to recreate the sound in your head and get it to come through the speakers. I think this time we’ve managed to achieve that. I’m excited about it.”
• Morgan says the result of that was a “heavier” album than he feels Seether has done in awhile. “It’s got a lot more sort of the just fun riffs to play and grooves to get into,” he explains. “The whole idea was to go back to a time when music was fun to write and play. I just kept going back to what it was like being in the garage as a kid and looking at the other guys in the room with me, and as soon as we had a good riff and we knew it was good everyone had a big smile on their faces. That was the whole goal, just to recapture that enthusiasm for music again.”
• The Canine Riot label is something Morgan says he’s wanted to do “for a long time. I’ve wanted to have a label for years, and I always wanted to sign bands that I thought were good bands that nobody else really cared about, or bands that didn’t really have the opportunity that a lot of others had...that I think are great musicians and great songwriters and try to give them a shot at having a career.” Morgan has already signed another band to the label and plans to have its album out later this year.
• The 15 years since the group picked up the Seether moniker for 2002’s “Disclaimer” “definitely feels like 15 years. Some days it feels like 50 years,” Morgan says with a laugh. But he’s also humbled. “It’s surreal, man,” Morgan notes. “If I look back at pictures of Dale (Stewart, Seether’s bassist) and I in 2002, we look like little kids. We have the sparkle in our eyes and we’ve got so much ahead of us. Just because you get signed doesn’t mean you have a career; It means you get to put out an album that hopefully manages to do something. Then you maybe a have a second album. There’s no way you could’ve told me in 2002 that in 2017 I’d be sitting here still doing it. It’s something I’m thankful for -- and hopefully we’ll have this conversation again in another 15 years.”
• Seether is doing back-to-back shows in several cities on this tour, including Detroit, and Morgan says the group will take pains to make the shows different from each other. “We’re not really going to do the same thing at all,” he promises. “There’ll obviously be certain songs in the set both nights that need to be there, the singles from radio and stuff like that. But we’ll have maybe five or six songs that we’ll rotate in and out or play it by ear, maybe do some things randomly. But there definitely will be different sets, so if anybody does come both nights they won’t see the exact same thing.”
If You Go:
• Seether, Letters From The Fire and Kaleido
• Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25.
• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
• Tickets are $48.30 and $36.
• Call 313-961-8961 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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