Formed: 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
Currently: CA, United States
Members: Shaun Morgan Welgemoed (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass, vocals), Pat Callahan (guitar, 2002-06), Nick Oshiro (drums, 2002-03), John Humphrey (drums, 2004-present), Troy McLawhorn (guitar, 2008-11)
Related Artists: Dark New Day, Doubledrive, Evanescence, The Nixons, Static-X, Still Rain
Also Known As: Saron Gas
Genres: Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Acoustic Rock
Seether: Early years, Fragile, Disclaimer (2000-2002)
Saron Gas was created in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the earliest days of the band noticed their public performances at events, nightclubs, large-scale concerts, along with college and university venues, for example like the University of Cape Town and also the University of Stellenbosch, exactly where they performed for the lunch-time crowds in the Neelsie centre on the latter campus as late as the summer of 2001.
As Saron Gas, the group launched its 1st album, Fragile, on Musketeer Records, back in 2000 in South Africa. After the group’s accomplishing success on the South African Singles Chart, Wind-up Records had taken a strong interest in Saron Gas’s melodic-yet-heavy sound and therefore signed them to the label. This rock band changed their name to avoid confusion with the sarin gas, a deadly nerve gas produced (but never ever used) back in World War Ii by the German Army Weapons Company. The group’s name has become Seether soon afterward.
Seether: Success and Disclaimer (2002–2004)
After Disclaimer has been launched, Seether gone on a non-stop tour in hopes of growing sales and name recognition. Once finishing the tour, Seether had planned to go in to the studio and record their 2nd album. Having said that, Seether had been instead tapped to support Evanescence on an around the world tour that overdue Seether`s recording ideas by nearly a year. On this tour, Seether modified the acoustic ballad “Broken” into a great electric ballad and had Amy Lee from Evanescence share singing responsibilities with Morgan throughout live shows.
Motivated by the effective response the duet got on the road and also perhaps powered by an aspiring romance between Lee and Morgan, Seether went into the studio and fairly quickly registered an alternate version of “Broken” together with Amy Lee on vocals. The track, and additionally a brand-new track named “Sold Me”, became featured on the soundtrack for the 2004 movie The Punisher also was extremely successful, delivering Seether fame within the Unites states, the united kingdom and Australia in particular. Morgan has mentioned the actual hit song refers to an incident exactly where Seether was subjected to what the record company wanted instead of what Seether wanted. Disclaimer, a different release of the original album with numerous of the tracks remixed or rerecorded in addition to 8 extra songs, has been issued at the end of 2004.
Seether: Karma and Effect, One Cold Night (2005–2006)
Back in the year 2005, Seether launched their follow-up album Karma and Effect. The original name for the album has been Catering to Cowards, but the band’s record label ordered them to change the name. “Karma and Effect” came out at number eight within the Unites states Billboard 200 album charts and was actually certified gold within the Unites states and Canada. The album spawned the creation of 3 singles, “Remedy”, “Truth” and “The Gift”. “Remedy” attained number one of the Unites states Mainstream Rock Charts, turning out to be the band’s 1st number one single.
Seether published a new great acoustic CD/DVD set named One Cold Night, recorded on 22 February the year 2006, at Grape Street in Philadelphia. Morgan, who was suffering from a stomach ailment, made the decision to do an acoustic performance of their set-list instead of cancel the show. Shaun has pointed out that the label chose to create the album without obscenities, which is the cause why “Needles” and “Burrito” aren’t on the album.”
Seether: Guitarist departure, rehab (2006)
On 16 June the year 2006, it was actually announced through Seethe’s official webpage that lead guitarist Pat Callahan has chosen to leave Seether. The precise reason for Callahan’s leaving is mysterious, but concerning his emotions over the situation, Shaun Morgan commented: “Um… happy a little… actually a lot. He was the guy in the group that was always our naysayer, and he has been the negative energy as far as writing. Personally I have no love lost, which is actually weird for some reason ’cause he was my friend for 4 years. But since he left, it kind of walked out with him.”
Morgan had gone into rehabilitation for addiction to alcohol back in August the year 2006, forcing the band to cancel their tour with Staind and also Three Days Grace.
Seether: Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007–2009)
Frontman Shaun Morgan claimed before Seether new album’s debut that it would be much more “diverse” than previous efforts. Initially aimed toward an August launch, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces had been delayed because of the suicide of Morgan’s brother, Eugene Welgemoed. Produced by Howard Benson, the actual album at last hit the stores on 23 October the year 2007. The album came out at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album charts, selling 57,000 copies within the 1st week. The album’s cover artwork featured “Candice the Ghost”, and was illustrated by David Ho.
Seether – Karma & Effect (2005) (Full Album):
The first single, “Fake It”, attained the top position within the Unites states Mainstream Rock Charts and Modern Rock Charts, remaining on top for at least 9 weeks on each charts. It was also the concept for WWE’s No Way Out the year 2008. After the success of “Fake It,” a 2nd single, “Rise Above This”, was launched and has hit the #1 place on the Modern Rock Songs chart and also the top two with its mainstream counterpart. The last single from the album is “Breakdown”, the video of which was launched on 12 November the year 2008 after a delay from the original 23 October scheduled launch date.
Seether announced a tour in support of the album at the beginning of 2008 which were to final a lot of the year, employing Troy McLawhorn from Dark New Day like a touring guitarist on 15 February the year 2008. McLawhorn formerly did a stint as Evanescence’s replacement guitar player throughout the final leg of the Open Door tour. The actual tour seen the band share the stage with a number of bands for a number of various legs, which includes Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Skillet, Red, Papa Roach, Flyleaf, Econoline Crush, and Staind. Following the great results of the tour, McLawhorn had been made an official member by Seether.
Seether claimed their very first South African Music Award within the category “Best Rock: English” for Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, also as their first Mtv Africa Music Award for “Best Alternative Artist”.
During the early 2009, a brand new track named “No Shelter” has been featured on the NCIS Official TV Soundtrack, launched on 10 February. As well as, a cover of Wham’s “Careless Whisper” had been created available for buy as a digital or mobile download. The track had been apparently covered as a joke. Wind-up approached Seether to make a track for Valentine’s Day, so, like a joke, they changed a “Cheesy 80s pop ballad” right into a Hard Rock/Metal tune. “Careless Whisper” has gotten Seether plenty of publicity. The music video clip for “Careless Whisper” was published on 15 June 2009, and also the track can be found as one extra song on the reissue of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces.
Starting from March till April 2009, Seether supported Nickelback on their 2009 Dark Horse tour. Shaun and Dale verified in an interview on 2 March 2009 that, following the Nickelback tour, Seether will take the remainder of the year off to write and record the follow-up to Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. In spite of the announced break, the group performed a great series of “one-off” shows throughout the remainder of 2009, which includes an event in Japan to perform for American troops as part of the USO tour on 23 May and 24 May 2009 in Okinawa at Camp Schwab, after which in MCAS Iwakuni on 26 May 2009 as part of your Us Marines. Seether also made performances at numerous festivals throughout the summer of 2009, which includes sets at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival and also the Quebec City Festival, before concluding their tour at the Big E Festival, Springfield, Ma, on 4 October 2009.
Seether: Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (2010-present)
Following a number of months recording songs for the upcoming album in Nashville, Tennessee alongside producer Brendan O’Brien, Seether started touring once more back in April the year of 2010, with the intention of going back into the studio “in the 1st week of June” to be able to complete the new record. Back in August 2010, drummer John Humphrey verified that Seether has finished recording the new album, and also was within the mixing up process. He went on to mention that the album would be most likely being launched back in January 2011. Humphrey addionally talked about Seether believed that this album could be the best work and also concluded that the tracks actually are “very strong, melodic, and heavy at times.” In an interview with Johnny Dare back in September the year of 2010, Shaun Morgan verified that the new album had already been finished and was actually awaiting launch by Wind-up Records. However, Morgan also reiterated the new album then may not happen to be set to publish until beginning of the year 2011.
On 4 September the year 2010, during a fabulous live show at the DuQuoin, IL State Fair, and Seether debuted a brand new tune named “No Resolution”. This tune appeared on the Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray album.
During a recent interview (dated 3 Jan the year 2011) with Planet 1051 radio in Louisiana, guitarist Troy McLawhorn along with drummer John Humphrey established that Seether will be releasing a brand new album named Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray in May. The 1st single from the album, named “Country Song” has been launched on 8 March within the Us and on 4 April in the United kingdom, and additionally the new album was actually launched on 17 May the year 2011.
On 8 March, Seether announced through Twitter that guitar player Troy McLawhorn has made a decision to leave the band to go after other interests by which he returned to be a rhythm guitar player for Evanescence.
On 10 May the year 2011 Seether performed live in Cincinnati, Ohio. On 11 May 2011 Seether performed live in South Bend, Indiana. Both live shows had been recorded and launched like a limited edition CD set for each individual town.
On 25 May the year 2011 it had been announced that Seether has attained their highest place on the Unites states Billboard 200 Charts exactly where “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray” rose to the Number 2 position. It had been also able to acquire number 1 on the Unites states Rock Albums, Unites states Alternative Albums and Unites states Hard Rock Album Charts. It was their best sales week of 61,000 records sold since Karma and Effect bowed out at just number 8 with 82,000 record sales back in the year 2005.
Seether performed main stage on the Uproar Festival along with bands Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, and Escape The Fate.