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New music looming for Seether

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2016

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Seether isn't exactly on the road to promote new music; its last album, "Isolate and Medicate," is two years old at this point.

But bassist Dale Stewart says the quartet's current spate of dates are providing a starting point for what Seether does next.

"We're slowly starting to think about stuff," Stewart, 36 -- who co-founded Seether as Saron Gas during 1999 with frontman Shaun Morgan in South Africa before moving to the U.S. -- says by phone. "There's no real timeline we've given ourselves. We don't want to rush it out just for the sake of having something out. We want to take our time and make sure it's good and that we're happy with it.

"So we're trying to catch our stride and built up a head of steam into the writing and recording and go from there."

Stewart says there isn't much in the way of material around yet; full-time touring to promote "Isolate and Medicate" kept Seether focused on the task at hand. And the time off after the tour was spent, well, taking time off.

"I think it's important, at least for us, to remove yourself from the environment where you are laying every day and you're away from home and on the road and dealing with all that," Stewart explains. "I think it's important to come home and put the guitars away. You might not touch a guitar for a couple of weeks, even months.

"But when you do pick it up you have those fresh batteries and that enthusiasm, and it's fun to play. That's when the creativity beings to flow. When you've missed it and you come back to it, it's exciting again."

Seether certainly has reason to approach its next album with confidence. "Isolate and Medicate" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the group's second highest chart showing ever. It also launched four Top 10 Mainstream Rock hits, including the chart-topping "Words As Weapons," so some of that head of steam the group craves is already in place.

"It's a luxury to come into (an album having a loyal fan base like we do," says Stewart, who applied for U.S. citizenship this year. "Thanks to those guys we can take a year off, a year and a half off and work on new stuff and make sure we're happy with it and that we're proud of it and feel like they won't have forgotten about us too much.

"The main thing to us is that we're happy with the material. If we're proud of it and enjoy it, then that's enough. If other people take to it and enjoy it, that's even better. So it's for us, and if people like it, then awesome, let's all party together."


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