From: South Africa
Last Known Status: Active
After forming in 1999, Seether (originally Saron Gas) quickly gained notoriety in their home country's anemic rock market. The band's South African release, Fragile, became one of the best selling titles of the year, and Seether emerged as a top live draw. This was no small feat in a land where rock bands play second banana to indigenous music and pop.
Seether's brand of passive-aggressive rock - both highly accessible, yet angry - lead to their signing with Wind-Up Records and a spot on Ozzfest in 2002.
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The Pulse of Radio reports: Wednesday (October 31) is Halloween, one of the biggest and most increasingly popular holidays on the calendar. The day is normally filled with costumes, parties, haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky and entertaining events and activities, and we asked several of our favorite musicians how they'll be spending the day:
DISTURBED's David Draiman has one objective in mind for the holiday: "Gonna go somewhere with a gorgeous lady friend of mine, and get her to wear her wonderful costume, and get me to take off her wonderful costume, and that's pretty much my intention for the night (laughs). I'm gonna probably go somewhere and drink a bunch of things I shouldn't, and feel entirely too horrible about it the next day and tell myself I'm never gonna do it again, and like always, I've never been a good liar."
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is a family man these days and plans to make the trick-or-treating rounds with his younger sons, Pirate and Zeppelin: "I think Pirate's gonna be a spider, and I'm not sure, I think Zep's gonna be a little mummy. I'm not sure yet. But we can't wait. We're gonna go trick or treating and just have a good time. I don't know what I'm gonna be yet. We all get in the spirit at the house, we all dress up."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse of Radio the best idea for a costume we've heard in a long time: "My favorite Halloween costume is a lamp. I like just wearing this long, long thing and having, like, a shade on my head and going to the corner of the room and having this light on my head, and just standing there not talking to anyone. And if someone comes up to me and says, 'Hey, Serj, how are you doing?' I always ask them, 'Do you talk to lamps often?' And if they say yes, then I say, 'Then you need help,' and if they say no, then I say, 'Don't talk to me then.' No, I'm just kidding. I've wanted to do that for years, but I've never done it."
Halloween is not as big a deal in South Africa as it is here, but that didn't stop South African natives SEETHER from getting into the spirit, as frontman Shaun Morgan told The Pulse of Radio: "About two years ago, I put on a fat suit, biker chick suit (laughs). Dale (Stewart, bassist) actually was, I think, the worst part about it. Dale was wearing the cheerleader outfit with just enough belly revealed, and Johnny (Humphrey, drummer) played in a fat suit. So that was kind of cool. I think that might have been the first time I remember actually dressing up for Halloween."
Seether's "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces" is due out this Tuesday, October 23rd. In the meantime, you can listen to the entire album on ClearChannel.com's Sneak Peak.
Frontman Shaun Morgan has also made the following update about their touring:
"Hey everyone we have been out on the road on our own for a couple nights. The venues are awesome and I want to thank you the fans for coming out and supporting us. We’ve experienced great crowds in Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. We are in Canada right now and other than that I am waiting to get a peek at the video for “Fake It.” I can’t wait for you all to see it. Also, I want to thank everyone for the cards and words of sympathy. They’ve been helping me get though a rough time and I can’t thank you enough."
In other Seethernews, "6 Gun Quota" is available as a pre-release, mobile download exclusively with Verizon VCast.
Shaun Morgan chatted with Mistress Carrie at WAAF/Boston Monday night. Shaun discussed growing up in South Africa, sports and his musings on the new album. You can listen to the entire show here.
Seether iTunes pre-order is still available, but only for a little while longer. More...
The track listing for Seether's new album 'Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces' has been announced. The disc will be in stores on October 23rd and will include the following songs:
1. Like Suicide
2. Fake It
6. Rise Above This
7. No Jesus Christ
8. 6 Gun Quota
9. Walk Away From the Sun
10. Eyes of the Devil
11. Don't Believe
The lead single, "Fake It", can be streamed on MySpace and purchased at iTunes. The band is scheduled to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on October 29th and Rockline October 22nd.
Seether's new single "Fake It" will be released to radio on August 28th. The band's new album "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces" will be released on October 23rd.
MTV.com reports: Most of us would love to have a hit song written about us. Seether's Shaun Morgan isn't one of those people. But that didn't stop his ex-girlfriend, Evanescence's Amy Lee, from penning "Call Me When You're Sober," a tune she later admitted was specifically written about her relationship with Morgan. And the timing couldn't have been worse for Lee's damning revelation, coming just weeks after Morgan checked himself into rehab for treatment of "a combination of substances." His rehab stint, coincidentally, began on the very same day the Evanescence track was delivered to the nation's rock radio stations.
As you might expect, Morgan wasn't thrilled with Lee's public airing of the pair's dirty laundry. For the last year, the song has "followed me around and haunted me," he said, and it chipped away at his reputation.
"People would say to me, 'Yeah, man, I know what you're going through,' and I was like, 'No, I don't think you do,' " Morgan explained. " 'Your ex-girlfriend didn't write a song about you, that millions of people have heard, saying you're a bad guy. As soon as that happens, buddy, come up and tell me you know what I'm going through.' "
Now, clean and sober, Morgan and his band are returning with their third studio outing, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, which is set for an October 23 release. But don't expect the LP to contain a response track.
"There isn't necessarily a response as there's a lament," the singer for the South African rockers said. "I was bummed out. I was really upset that she would say and do those things. In any relationship, I don't think it's right to say and do those things when people break up, and she obviously felt the need to go out there and make me sound like a complete a--hole. What can I do? I just refuse to lower myself to that level. But it was a painful thing and it got me down — people coming up to me on the street and referring to that song. But I didn't feel the need to write back and be mean."
Instead, the Howard Benson-produced Finding Beauty — which the band hopes to begin mixing next week — boasts "Breakdown," a song some might interpret as Morgan's answer to "Sober." But that's not the case.
"It isn't an aggressive song, and it isn't even an angry song — I would prefer to refer to it as a lament rather than an angry backlash," he said. "You couldn't tell that the song was about one person. It's probably more universal. I prefer to be a little more vague and respectful. There are some things I could have said and done too — there are always two sides to every story. And if anything, the song says, 'Fine. Go ahead and say those things.' But what's the point of telling my side? That's what the bloodthirsty want, and I don't care what the bloodthirsty want."
Sonically, Morgan said the record is more balanced than anything Seether have done before and far more cohesive — thanks, in part, to the fact that the band had much more time to write and came up with more than 50 tracks to choose from. When the album hits stores, expect it to feature at least 10 songs, including "No, Jesus Christ," "Rise Above This" and "FMLYHM," an acronym for "F--- Me Like You Hate Me."
"That element of our band, as people know it, is still there, but there have been several developments," Morgan said. "It's been more experimental with us. We tried to explore the actual process of songwriting and the process of writing songs that have good melodies that are sing-able, that lean more towards the pop side. And when I got pissed off, I got really pissed off, and there are certain moments on the album that I almost didn't recognize as being us because it was kind of brutal. But when I went into writing the songs, the label was sort of looking for 'Remedy' [from 2005's Karma and Effect] and obviously a song like 'Broken' [from 2004's Disclaimer II], and I said, 'Those songs have been written, because it was the right time and the right place to write them. For you to expect me to write something like that, it's just not possible.' "
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Seether have announced the release of their third studio album via Wind-up Records on October 23, 2007. The South African émigrés, who now live in the Los Angeles area, are coming off three consecutive gold certified studio albums. Their debut DISCLAIMER, was re-released following sales of over 500,000 copies in the US with a DVD and bonus tracks which included the pop hit “Broken” from The Punisher feature film. This expanded version of the album titled DISCLAIMER II went on to sell over 50,000 copies in Canada and 678,461 copies in the US. The band’s follow-up KARMA & EFFECT, has officially been certified gold by CRIA and according to Soundscan, has sold 703,680 copies in the US since its release date. As a bridge between studio albums, Seether released the CD/DVD ONE COLD NIGHT, a live, acoustic offering captured in Philadelphia, PA. The new album titled FINDING BEAUTY IN NEGATIVE SPACES will be released on October 23, 2007.
Singer / Guitarist Shaun Morgan shared, “we've been working very hard on this album, and it's been quite some time since we've had a single at radio, so we're extremely excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak. We basically whittled down over 50 songs, to our favourite 15, and we've adopted an 'anything goes' attitude for this album. We didn't restrict ourselves to straight rock songs, and we were completely open to new ideas. This is not by any stretch of the imagination a concept album, nor is it a 'woe is me, I'm sober' album. We explored our melodic side a little bit more, and as a result, I believe this is our best collective effort to date. It may come as a surprise to some, but we feel like we've grown and are starting to find our place with regards to the sound of the band."
Few artists over the past five years have performed as many dates as Seether has. Outside of when they are writing or recording, the band averages over 275 performances annually. Once out of the studio, the band will join Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin for an arena tour in the US which will take them through the release of FINDING BEAUTY IN NEGATIVE SPACES.
Bassist Dale Stewart offered, “We're essentially a touring band. We love nothing more than to take the songs to the clubs, and the people, and perform them to the best of our ability. We've been off the road for the best part of a year now, so we're itching to get back out and entertain our fans! It's always incredibly exciting when you head out on a brand new tour, in support of a brand new album. It's new for us, and it's new for the fans, so it becomes a new show, for people who have had the chance to see us before. This is our favorite time of any cycle!"
Seether has been in the studio recording their follow up to "Karma and Effect" and third studio album which is tentatively due out in August. The album is being produced by Howard Benson (Flyleaf, Adema). Here's what frontman Shaun Morgan had to say about the recording progress:
"Things are going really well in studio, and the tracks are sounding badass, musically anyway. We have completed 7 songs, without vocals, and have 8 to go. We have been blown away by the support we've been getting, and the positive responses to "Like Suicide" have been amazing. This album is going to be slightly different than it's predecessors, and whilst we have retained the heaviness, there are the usual suspects for fans of the old stuff. Don't worry, it's not in any way a "I've been to rehab, found Jesus, and now I'm happy" kind of album at all. While there is nothing wrong with any of those things, they don't apply here."
"We will continue to post videos, and answer questions as much as possible, and do whatever we can to whet your collective appetites!"
Seether has posted a clip of the band rehearsing a new track entitled "Like Suicide" on their MySpace page, which you can check out below. The band is currently working with producer Howard Benson (Flyleaf, Adema) on their third studio album which is tentatively due out in August. More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: EVANESCENCE is slated to co-headline this summer's Family Values tour with KORN, marking the first time that EVANESCENCE has appeared on a U.S. touring festival. Singer Amy Lee told Launch that she and her bandmates are thrilled with the idea of being part of a bigger lineup of acts. "Well, obviously we're KORN fans, but there's a lot of cool bands on the bill and when you're on one of those shows that's a bunch of bands and not just like two or three, you basically get to spend the whole day listening to music and watching other bands perform," she said. "And not only is it really fun and inspiring, but it takes a lot of the pressure off, because you're not like (laughs) the only band that everyone's relying on, you know, at the end of the night to play for like an hour and a half and not make any mistakes. So we're all very excited."
Family Values starts on July 20 in St. Louis and also features FLYLEAF, HELLYEAH, TRIVIUM and ATREYU.
EVANESCENCE recently filmed a video for "Sweet Sacrifice", the new single from the band's 2006 album, "The Open Door".
The group finishes a U.S. tour with openers CHEVELLE and FINGER ELEVEN tonight in Glens Fall, New York, after which EVANESCENCE will head to South America, South Africa and Europe.
In other related non-news, Amy Lee says she has not spoken with her ex-boyfriend, Seether frontman Shaun Morgan since their breakup in late 2005. "You know how relationships are," she said. "It really is hard to still be friends and talk all the time when there's hurt feelings there, you know. You open yourself up and there's a wound there, and even after it heals, it's sort of like, you can't heal together. That's not really healing for the most part. So, no, we're not really talking or anything, but I hear he's doing good and they're working on a new album, so all the best." More...
Seether have added a cover of the Neil Young track "Needles and Damage Done" to their MySpace player. The track was recorded during their appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly last year.
The band will begin pre-production for their third studio album shortly with a release expected in August.
Seether has some updates for us on their upcoming album on their MySpace blog. Here is what Shaun had to say on it:
"We've been very busy, holed away in a studio, writing feverishly for the next album. So far the songs number in the mid 30's or so, but I could be wrong. Of these songs I'll be the first to admit that some are serious duds, headed for the inevitable distinction of being included on a b-side, or rare track, compilation album. There are even some songs that will be marked 'For Serious Fans Only!', but there is good news... There are actually some songs that I'm really proud of, and very excited to get out on the shelves. Let's say there are about 15 good ones so far, but the writing continues!!!"
"We have switched management, as some of you might know, and are now under the watchful eyes of the good people at The Firm. We felt the changes were necessary, and as a band we feel really positive about the move. Also, we have the honor to announce that we will be working a wonderful producer on the next album, and preproduction is scheduled to start soon, I think. I'm just in the band - no one tells us anything :). I would give you his name, but I don't want to get myself in trouble again. I have a knack for that apparently."
Seether will be performing an acoustic version of "Remedy" this Thursday, November 16th and on NBC's Carson Daly. Check your local listings.
Earlier this year Seether returns to a 3-piece band after long time touring guitarist Patrick Callahan departed the band. Later this summer the band took a break from touring when frontman Shaun Morgan entered rehab.
SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan has checked himself in to an undisclosed rehabilitation center after having "admitted to himself and those close to him that he needs help and is making the proactive move to seek it," according to a press release from the band's label, Wind-Up Records. Following scheduled appearances this week, all future plans have been placed on hold until further notice.
Morgan, who has established himself as one of the leading singers in rock over the past five years, has made a personal choice to attack what he sees as a dependence on a combination of substances. The band had planned to tour in August with STAIND behind their recently released live acoustic album "One Cold Night". The opportunity to perform this repertoire in an acoustic setting is something the band hopes to do at some point in the future.
Morgan commented, "I'm deeply sorry that this news comes right before a planned tour, especially one that I was so excited about, and I hope that everyone understands. I need help with addictions that I can't kick on my own. These things are making me sick, and could potentially harm me permanently, so I need to take care of them as soon as possible. I hope the tour goes well, and we hope to be on the road again soon. Thank you again for your understanding and support."
Over the last two years, SEETHER has performed in excess of four hundred shows. Compounded with the stresses of promoting and supporting the "Karma & Effect" album, and then recording and promoting "One Cold Night" without any form of an extended hiatus, Morgan "has spread himself too thin and in turn made decisions he now regrets," according to the press release.
Seether has released a new ecard online previewing their recently released live/acoustic album "One Cold Night".
Seether will be performing tonight (July 17) on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The show airs on NBC at 11:35pm ET - check local listings. The band is also scheduled to appear on Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday, August 4th on NBC which airs at 1:35am ET.
In touring news, Seether has just announced additional tour dates with Staind throughout August. Here is the complete listing: More...
AOL Music is streaming full CDs of a few of this week's metal releases including:
- Full Blown Choas - Within The Grasp of Titans
- All That Remains- The Fall Of Ideals
- Seether- One Cold Night
ClearChannel.com is streaming Seether's entire new album, "One Cold Night," which is due out on July 11. You can listen to the entire album here.
"One Cold Night" was recorded at Philadelphia's Grape Street and features hits from Disclaimer, Disclaimer II, and Karma and Effect. In addition, the DVD portion contains an in-depth interview with the band, the video for "The Gift," a behind-the-scenes look at "The Gift" video shoot, and a photo gallery with shots from the performance. The official track listing is as follows:
2. Driven Under
6. Tied My Hands
8. Fine Again
10. The Gift
12. Plastic Man
13: The Gift (Alternate mix)
As previously reported, second guitarist Patrick Callahanrecently parted ways with the band, who have decided to remain a three-piece now.
Seether will take a break from recording to hit the road with Staind for a tour that should run two months and start in August or September. Seether will split each of their sets into two halves: a batch of acoustic tracks and then a full-on, plugged-in finale.
MTV.com reports: Later this summer, Seether will take a break from recording to hit the road with Staind for a tour that Morgan said should run two months and start in August or September. Seether will split each of their sets into two halves: a batch of acoustic tracks and then a full-on, plugged-in finale.
"The original idea was to play twice in every city and play plugged in one night and acoustic the second night," he said. "It's a great dynamic that occurs. You know a song for years sometimes, or you're used to it in one form, and when you hear it acoustic, it almost seems more special. We love to play acoustic shows. The whole feeling of the show is different, the whole atmosphere is different, the way we approach the set. It's a fun way for us to diversify and not do the same thing every day."
When Seether do board the bus for this upcoming tour, they'll be doing so as a trio. On Wednesday, Patrick Callahan — the group's longtime touring guitarist, who was made a full-fledged member of the fold two years ago — "decided to part ways with the band." He played his final set with the group June 3 in Great Falls, Montana.
According to a posting on the band's MySpace page, "Seether has since decided not to replace [Callahan] at this time with another guitarist," and will instead "take it back to where it began and keep it running as a three-piece unit. If you have been to the shows over the past few weeks, you have noticed the change. We all think it is a positive one. We hope that the fans will understand and respect this issue without distorting it into a convoluted and nasty misunderstanding, as it wasn't. Seether wishes Pat all the best in his future endeavors."
The article discusses the previous tour, accoustic sets due to stomach flu and the upcoming accoustic record "One Cold Night," (scheduled to drop July 11) with Shaun Morgan in much more depth.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Seether will be releasing a special live acoustic CD/DVD this summer entitled "One Cold Night," which will be in stores on July 11th, 2006. The songs were recorded at Philadelphia's Grape Street and features hits from Disclaimer, Disclaimer II, and Karma and Effect.
In addition, the DVD portion contains an in-depth interview with the band, the video for "The Gift," a behind-the-scenes look at "The Gift" video shoot, and a photo gallery with shots from the performance. The official track listing is as follows:
2. Driven Under
6. Tied My Hands
8. Fine Again
10. The Gift
12. Plastic Man
13: The Gift (Alternate mix)
Seether heads back out on the road in May, starting in Canada and then continuing on to the US in June. The confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Feb 17th, 2006 – Ft Wayne, IN – Pieres Nightclub
Well the night didn’t start out good. Besides being late and missing Halestorm and some asshole bumping into me and knocking my camera to the ground and breaking it (The reason why I didn’t photograph Seether), the night wasn’t that bad considering all I endured.
So I did miss Halestorm, although I did have the pleasure of seeing/photographing them in Detroit on Dec 17th, 2005 in Detroit. Great band with lots of potential. Look for them in your Neighborhood. More...
METALLICA have now officially confirmed that they will headine the Coca-Cola Colab Massive Mix festivals in South Africa, marking their first ever visit to the continent. The shows are as follows:
Mar. 18 - Supersport Park, Centurion (situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria)
Mar. 21 - ABSA Stadium, Durban
Mar. 25 - Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Other artists on the bill include seven top local artists, SIMPLE PLAN, THE RASMUS, SEETHER, FATBOY SLIM, and COLLECTIVE SOUL. Tickets are already on sale via the www.computicket.co.za web site, or by calling 083 915 8000.
METALLICA's follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger" is expected to surface in late 2006/early 2007 via Warner Bros.