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I don’t want to spend a hundred and forty-something bucks a week paying some shrink.
Rock as therapy? Seether's Shaun Morgan opens up to Walmart Soundcheck about the band’s cathartic new album, ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.’ The band's fifth studio album includes more of the group's introspective lyrics, post-grunge rock, and just a few surprises. (Listen to the first single, 'Country Song.') Check out our live set with Seether - and go pick up a copy of ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray’ online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Their New Record’s Title:
Shaun: “It was something I read in a book, or something similar, and I just adapted it to make more sense for the album. I think it encompasses everything that the album’s about. You have certain scenarios in your life that are negative and that affect you in a really bad way. We tend to hold onto relationships like that sometimes for no good reason.”
On The New Record:
Shaun: “It’s where we’re at right now as a band. We’re really happy with it. From start to finish it’s quite an immersive experience.”
John: “I’ll never forget making this album. I’m really proud of us, and I’m really excited for everyone to hear this new album.”
On African Beginnings:
Dale: “We started playing together in South Africa towards the end of 1999. Local bars, very much just a garage band playing for fun. We recorded a demo with a friend of ours and sent that to the local radio DJ who had a rock show at night. He actually played our demo on the air!”
On Ups And Downs:
Shaun: “I think every experience that you have shapes songs in some shape or form. I don’t think that there’s any one experience that affects one song. It’s a combination of ups and downs and experiences that will ultimately come out, lyrically. It’s like a catharsis. I don’t want to spend a hundred and forty bucks a week paying some shrink!”
On Getting Better:
Shaun: “The goal of every album is to make it better than the last one. All that really matters to us is that we’re happy with it.”
John: “Something has to click. If we dig it, then hopefully everybody else does.”
• Seether is Shaun Morgan (lead vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass), and drummer John Humphrey.
• They formed in South Africa in 1999. Seether began in Johannesburg, South Africa by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart. American drummer John Humphrey joined the band in 2004.
• Their fifth album is called ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.’ Explains Shaun: “We did a lot of the writing between Nashville and Atlanta and L.A. This was more of us writing stuff in the studio on the fly. It was definitely a lot more spontaneous.”
• Their new album may be their best yet. Shaun tells Walmart Soundcheck: “The goal of every album is to make it better than the last one. All that really matters to us is that we’re happy with it.”
• ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray’ is in stores now! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
Dale: “We didn’t necessarily think it would work for us. We just started messing with it. Shaun came up with this cool vocal line over it. It was just really catchy. [‘Country Song’] ended up being one of the first songs that we recorded for the album, and it ends up being the first single. It’s kinda funny how that works sometimes.”
‘Fine Again’ is a surprising blast from Seether's past. Initially released in 2000 on their debut record, ‘Fragile,’ the song echoes many of the themes at play on ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.’ Sings a somber Shaun: “I feel the dream in me expire / And there’s no one left to blame it on.”
The catchy first single from the band’s last album (2007’s ‘Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces’) was a milestone for Seether, reaching the top of the rock charts. Today, alongside a pulsating bass, Shaun Morgan asks the song's difficult question: “Who’s to know if your soul will fade at all? / The one you sold to fool the world?”
Perhaps no Seether song draws closer comparisons to Nirvana than 'Remedy,' a hit single from the band's 2005 album, 'Karma And Effect.' Seether may call to mind classic Cobain, but this track is both a nod to their post-grunge roots and their unique rock imprint. Sings Shaun: “Throw your dollar bills / And leave your thrills all here with me.”