Seether Show Report From Vancouver, BC
To promote their new album, Karma and Effect (in stores now), Seether came back to Vancouver, BC on May 19th for a very small and private show at the Media Club. There were two main ways to get into the show: either win to get in through the local rock radio station (The Fox 99.3) or be one of the first 120 fans to show up on the day of the show with donations for the food bank. Since the release of their Wind-up debut album, Disclaimer, Seether has performed in Vancouver, BC twice before – once with Our Lady Peace and Finger Eleven in January 2003 and again with Evanescence last July, both of which were big stadium shows. I had caught the OLP show but it was quite a while ago and I can’t remember much. However, I do remember that the OLP fans didn’t quite seem to enjoy their set or F11’s, which isn’t very surprising given the musical differences between the bands. The crowd reaction inside this time was definitely a big improvement over that of the OLP audience.
It was a rather early show with the doors opening at 6:45 and the band taking the stage an hour later. Seether opened with two tracks off Disclaimer, “Gasoline” and “Needles.” The songs sounded different live compared to the album because some of the notes were changed and the addition of a second guitarist, Pat Callahan, created more depth in the music. Shaun Morgan’s angst and pain could be felt through his singing, like the late Kurt Cobain, but he is a better vocalist than Cobain was in my opinion. Bassist Dale Stewart had some good bass lines. The only problem I had with him was that he kept standing off to the left side of the stage in the dark. There are still some elements of grunge in the new songs (eg “Remedy”) despite the band saying the new music is less grunge than the old. “The Gift” was a slow song that sounded like Shinedown. The third song, “Burrito” was actually heavy for a song with that title. But I guess it should be if it pays homage to Ozzy Osbourne. “Burrito” sounded like some of Breaking Benjamin’s heavier stuff. The song “Diseased” was for men who abuse women. The intro sounded like Soundgarden before evolving into a more Tool-esque sound. At one point, a guy in the front shouted “Amy Lee is hot” and Shaun Morgan laughed it off. Later on, another similar comment was made and he responded with a “Seriously, I don’t walk about your fucking girlfriend.” After 45 minutes, the band promptly ended the show with a cover of the Deftones’ “Change.” Some fans stuck around for an encore because “Broken” was listed as the last song on the set list. However, Seether was in a hurry to get to the airport to fly to Edmonton, AB so they never came back on stage.
Overall, it was a great show, although it could’ve been longer.
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Photos from the show have been posted in the Photo Gallery.
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