9th Aug – Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town

Rock out with Seether, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, Eagles of Death Metal and KONGOS at the Grand West Casino’s Grand Arena on 9 August.Doors open at 14h00 (2pm)

The South African power trio of vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey that is collectively known as Seether makes a welcome return to South Africa since their last visit in June 2008.

9th Aug - Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town
9th Aug – Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town

Seether has sold millions of albums to date worldwide and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year.

Seether have had 11 #1 singles and 17 Top 5 hits across multiple formats at radio.

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The South African trio’s latest single “No Resolution” from their Wind-Up Records release, Holding Onto Stings Better Left To Fray, hit #1 at Active Rock marking the first time the band has had 3 consecutive chart topping tracks from the same album. “No Resolution” follows in the footsteps of previous #1 singles, “Country Song” and “Tonight,” and continues the band’s undeniable dominance at the format. “Country Song” spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 over the course of the year, achieved Gold status for sales of over 500,000 units digitally by the RIAA and was named Active Rock Song of the Year by Billboard. “Here and Now” will be the next single to make waves at radio around the world including the US and South Africa.

Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on U.S. hearts and eardrums with 2002’s Disclaimer. Seether’s hit “Broken” featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered Disclaimer, adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set Disclaimer II, which went Platinum.

In 2005, Seether released Karma & Effect, which is certified gold and followed that release up in 2007 with the now Platinum Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces, which went Gold in South Africa and is well on its way to being certified Platinum. Finding Beauty also went on to win Best Rock album at the SAMA’s 2008 and Seether was also awarded Best Alternative Act at the 2010 MTV African Music Awards. Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, was released in May 2011 and debuted at #2 on Billboard Top 200. The album has sold over 300,000 copies to date.

Kerrang! magazine presented Enter Shikari with the Best Live Band award on 7 June 2012 and in August we get to see just why – live! Enter Shikari (the name comes from a boat belonging to Rou’s uncle), made their debut in 2003 with a unique mesh of hard-core punk and break-beat techno; determined to do things their own way, the DIY way, the right way. A Flash Flood Of Colour is their third full-length studio album; the follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Common Dreads. An incandescent snapshot of the modern age – of globalisation and recession, repression and protest, commerce and control, activism and engagement – it’s music for a newly jolted generation, a soundtrack for the mosh-pit, the dance floor and the front lines. This is your only opportunity to see and hear them – adrenalised, beats-heavy punkrockdubstephardcoremetalambienttechnonoisecore, custom-built to shake Grand Arena foundations.

“We are the generation that are going to change the world,” says vocalist Rou Reynolds. “We have more power than any generation that has come before us. We have the power to choose whether we continue as a species and prosper or just literally ruin everything. We’re already seeing the signs of the collapse of our world and it’s got to that point now where we absolutely have to start changing. Or it’s game over.”

Bullet for My Valentine comprises lead singer & rhythm guitarist Matthew Tuck, drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, lead guitarist & backing vocalist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget and bassist & backing vocalist Jason ‘Jay’ James. The group, named Best British Band in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by metal magazine Kerrang!, formed 10 years ago in their hometown of Bridgend as Jeff Killed John, covering Metallica and Nirvana songs. Citing Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer as influence they found their niche in 2002 on signing a five album deal with Sony BMG dropping The Poison in 2005, Scream Aim Fire in 2007 and Fever in 2010. With over one million albums in the United States and exceeding 2 500 000 worldwide sales, Bullet For My Valentine’s debut for their South African fans has been a long time coming.

Just when you thought it was safe to take your lady-friends out again, Eagles of Death Metal are perched and ready to swoop in. Unlike their name, the Californian cult heroes Eagles Of Death Metal however do not play death metal but rather a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals.” Capetonians will get to see why Jesse Hughes is known for his enthusiastic interaction with audiences at live performances

KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of multi-million-seller British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are now based in Phoenix, AZ. They return to South Africa, hot off the heels of their stellar 2011/2012 SA tour and sold-out performance at Hatfield Carnival. No relation to Cheick Kongo, the conga drum, the Congo people of Africa, Donkey Kong, Kongos Norman, Kongos pizza, Kongos Club in Oklahoma, twitter.com/kongos, Kat Kongos, Lasse Kongos, the Japanese class of battleship or Kevin Bacon.

Gates open at 14:00 and tickets will be available from Computicket and are priced as follows:

Golden Circle – R450 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

General Standing – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

Seated – R380 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

Disabled – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

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Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray by Seether

Now available to download at Rhythm Music Store

Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray by Seether
Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray by Seether

Press release:

Change isn’t easy. But Seether vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Shaun Morgan understands that nothing worth accomplishing ever is. “When I was in rehab in 2006,” he recalls, embracing a sense of humorous selfawareness that comes with hindsight, “I learned that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” In other words: evolution is key not only to surviving but also thriving. It’s a way of thinking that Morgan applies to both himself and to the way his band operates. In a career that’s spanned nearly a decade, the power trio of Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey that is collectively known as Seether has toured the globe on the strength of five Gold and Platinum-selling albums: steadily growing a devoted fan base while continually pushing creative boundaries. Seether breaks new ground again with its fifth studio LP, Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray, due out on Wind Up Records in May 2011. As fans and critics are about to hear, change is good.

Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray further expands on the dynamic musical growth curve heard on Seether’s 2007 release, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, while maintaining a sonic imprint that is undeniably Seether. There are many reasons to be excited. Not only does Seether branch out stylistically on the album’s first single, “Country Song” – which blends a buoyant, aurally addictive hook with the band’s signature searing guitar work – but the singer’s striking new vocal approach is audible from the album’s exhilarating lead track, “No Resolution.” Morgan explains, “On this album, I didn’t scream very much, because that’s not what I wanted to do. For some of the songs, the sentiment behind the lyric wasn’t angry, therefore to sing it in an angry way didn’t make any sense to me. The gritty stuff is easy to do, but it also feels really great to convey emotionally, through my voice, what I’m trying to say, instead of just being a one trick pony.” The result is a collection of compelling vocal performances that conjure an appealing blend of two of Morgan’s chief influences, Kurt Cobain and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. It makes Strings an immensely satisfying listening experience.

Looking back on Seether’s career path, it’s not surprising that the band has progressed to this juncture. Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on U.S. hearts and eardrums with 2002’s Disclaimer. The album’s first single, “Fine Again” was a pensive ballad whose minor chord message of sustaining hope amidst turmoil resonated with fans worldwide. “Fine Again” was featured on the soundtrack to the popular video game Madden 2000, and Seether gained nationwide live exposure with a spot on that year’s Ozzfest tour. After releasing the singles “Driven Under” and “Gasoline,” Seether rerecorded the acoustic track “Broken” as an electric version featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee. “Broken” became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered Disclaimer, adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set Disclaimer 2, which went Platinum.

In 2005, Seether released Karma & Effect (the band’s only album recorded with guitarist Pat Callahan), which debuted at #8 on the Billboard chart. “Karma & Effect is my favorite representation of us at radio,” Morgan offers. “The singles we’d released previously were ballads, but this time, we chose “Remedy,” “Truth” and “The Gift” as singles. Those songs, and their accompanying videos, were darker and more ominous, so we knew that fans coming to our shows wouldn’t be surprised when the band was actually playing loud, heavy music.” Morgan credits the album with solidifying Seether’s identity as a hard rock act. At this point, the band was promoting itself at radio stations; performing brief, “un-plugged” sessions for fans. From that effort, a demand grew for recorded copies of those acoustic songs. “We decided that we would record a live, acoustic album during one night off ontour and see what happened,” says Morgan. That set, recorded at a Philadelphia pub, became the live CD/DVD One Cold Night, released in 2006.

As a songwriter whose work has always been intimate and self-revelatory, Morgan continued to address his personal demons while also sharing his more optimistic, post-rehab attitude on 2007’s Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. Debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, Pop Matters referred to the album as “Seether’s tour de force” and “their most direct and focused record yet.” The singles “Fake It” and “Rise Above This” reached the top position on several Billboard charts, and “Breakdown” charted as a Top 10 hit. Finding Beauty was reissued in 2009, with a cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” which was a successful single release.

Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Seether definitely had an all-star player on its team for Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray in the form of producer Brendan O’ Brien (Rage

Against the Machine, AC/DC, Pearl Jam). “Brendan is one of the ultimate producers in the world,” Morgan enthuses. “He really worked with us instead of with his own agenda. As far as producers go these days, that’s not very common. He doesn’t have an ego, he just cares about the project at hand and how we’re going to make it the best album possible, because he’s putting his name on it, too.” Humphrey believes that O’Brien is the most effective producer the band has worked with to date. “Brendan has a great ear and he’s also a great musician,” says the drummer. “He can really articulate the changes he wants you to make to a song.” Morgan also credits O’Brien for encouraging him to go with clear vocals. “I’ve wanted to sing clearer on albums before, and producers have said, ‘No, do that gritty thing that you’re known for.’ Brendan was the first guy who said, ‘Dude, sing the way you want to sing.'” Seether fans identify the band with songs that are not only sonically heavy but which also carry a lyrical emotional heft. Rest assured that those qualities are still intact on Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray.

“Down” – providing a fantastic showcase for John Humphrey’s Bonham-esque drumming – along with “Desire for Need” (on which Morgan falls back on the aggressive vocal delivery) prove that Seether have not strayed too far from what fans recognize as the band’s aural identity. “Master of Disaster” also retains the original Seether imprint while introducing new musical elements, which the band set out to do with each song, “so people wouldn’t know what to expect,” Morgan interjects. “When we make a new album, it has to be superior to the previous one; otherwise we’re wasting everyone’s time. We had to be a little bit more experimental and creative, but by the same token we had to stick to our roots and the sound that people initially were drawn to. So, you walk that line, but you make it work.”

Lyrically, Morgan is as upfront as he’s ever been. “In our songs, I deal with a lot of personal issues and ghosts that follow me around. With each album, I tend to catch up a bit more on these ghosts and get rid of some of them.” Morgan explains that this time out, it’s all about the freedom found in just letting go. “I’m dealing with issues that I’ve been carrying with me for a long time, and understanding that those are detrimental to me and to those around me. Once you identify something that’s toxic in your life, you have to ask why you’re perpetuating it: clutching at a situation that’s ultimately going to end up in heartbreak and tears. It’s history, you need to let it go. Once you do that, it’s such a weight off your chest. It sounds a little bit like hippie psychology, but if you focus on thinking positive things, then good things will start showing themselves to you.”

Asked which tracks are favorites, Morgan talks about “Tonight,” which almost didn’t make it onto the album. “I hadn’t even shown it to the band yet,” he explains, “but one morning I woke up before dawn, in a really good mood, and completely changed the lyrics to positive lyrics. It just started coming together. Later that day in the studio, I asked Brendan to check it out. We only had two days left in the studio, but Brendan said, ‘We’ve got to record that song right now.’ I think it captures and summarizes the hopeful sentiment of the album.” Stewart shares Morgan’s enthusiasm. “Tonight” is almost nostalgic, yet optimistic sounding. It’s a really strong song and I’m excited for it to possibly go to radio. I think it could be a big song for us.”

Another favorite is “Roses” – also a clear choice for a single – that Morgan claims was influenced by the band Muse. “I love how it starts with the very ominous Phantom of the Opera piano, and then goes into something completely different, with constant movement,” he says. The band is also proud of “Here and Now,” a modern rocker infused with a classic pop feel that might fit easily within the discography of Cheap Trick. “We wanted to write songs that would stand the test of time rather than just be music ‘of the now’ – meaning what is popular in this particular two- or three-year cycle” Morgan explains. “Here and Now” also features the lyrics from which the album title was culled.

With the album due out in the spring, Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart and John Humphrey are all immensely proud of and excited about what they’ve achieved with Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray. “This album is a progression from Finding Beauty, which I thought was the best thing we’d done up to that point,” says Stewart. “To make a record that’s going to be even better is a little daunting, but I think this album shows that the band has matured in the way we write and think about music.” “This album was a lot of fun to make,” Humphrey adds. “It was very much a collaborative project where there were no egos.” Morgan concludes “To still be able to record, sell albums and tour, when a lot of our peers have not been so lucky, is a gift. Ultimately, making this album has helped me through the next phase of my life. For anyone who has been with us this far and needs a new injection of Seether’s music, this will hopefully feed their desire.”


New Seether Release

Holding On to Strings Better Left to Fray

“2 years of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this process, and we feel like we’ve created something that we can all be completely proud of”.

The long awaited follow up to Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces is set for release 23rd May 2011. With an extensive USA tour beginning in April Seether will be bringing it home to SA fans later in the year, dates will be forthcoming.

The first single “Country Song” will hit radio in SA in March and is sure to reignite fans the world over.

Keep up to date with all Seether news and album information:

www.seether.com

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Download Seether’s New Album at Rhythm

Seether’s album Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 – The Seether Sessions is now available for download from RhythmMusicStore.com. This South African-only release includes interviews with the band and rare cover versions of The Beatles’ Across The Universe and Frank Sinatra’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin.

Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 - The Seether Sessions by Seether (Click here to listen to Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 – The Seether Sessions before downloading)

Other popular titles by Seether include Disclaimer II and One Cold Night.You might also enjoy Postmodern World by Karen Zoid, Collected Memories by Zebra & Giraffe and Dutch Courage

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Top Ten Tunes: My Favourite South African Songs of the Decade

My top ten tunes by South African artists from 2000-2009

  1. Staan My By – Radio Kalahari Orkes with Chris Chameleon
  2. Jozi Town – Jack Hammer with Tidal Waves
  3. Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
  4. Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr
  5. Breyten se Brief  – Jan Blohm
  6. Natalie – The Black Hotels
  7. On My Holiday  – 7th Son
  8. I’m Only Human – The Parlotones
  9. Gasoline – Saron Gas
  10. I Remember You – Brian Finch

Please let me know your Top Ten South African Tunes of the Decade.

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course many (about 75) of my other favourites have had to be omitted.

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Native Noise Collections Vol.1 – The Seether Sessions album out 16 November

Native Noise Collections Vol.1 – The Seether Sessions is a look back on the career to date of South Africas most successful rock band – Seether.

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Native Noise Collection Vol 1 - The Seether Sessions

Disc one of the release features Shaun, Dale and the band talking about the genesis of the band all the way through to the present day including the trials and tribulations of being in a successful rock band.

This South Africa only release will capitalize on the success of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces and introduce a new legion of fans to the history of the band and their most popular songs to date.

A few years have passed since Native Noise ended its run on UCT Radio, since then I’ve been searching for the right way to relaunch the brand and what it stands for. Peter Lacey at Musketeer Records was always a huge supporter of the show and his new concept for the Native Noise Collections is the perfect way to bring it back. The ethos of Native Noise was ‘thinking globally by supporting locally’, and no rock band represents the global domination of South African music better than Seether. I remember playing the hell out of ‘Fragile’ as a campus radio DJ and spilling my beer in the mosh pit at early Saron Gas shows, so it is a huge honour to be involved with this release – as an avid supporter of SA music and a Seether fan. It has been inspiring to watch Seether’s fanbase grow over the years, a reminder that the South African public has the power to create local rock stars. The success of ‘Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces’ thrust Seether into a new league, locally and abroad, so this collection is a treasure trove of rarities as the band continues to grow and make us proud.

– Paul Seele, Native Noise (November 2009)

TRACKLISTING:

1. No Shelter

2. The band started in May 1999

3. Gasoline

4. We had to write a single and we didn’t know what that meant

5. Fine Again (iTunes original version)

6. We thought we were starting ‘Karma & Effect’

7. Broken (iTunes original version)

8. We did ‘Sold Me’ at the same time as ‘Broken’

9. Sold Me

10. The original title was ‘Cater to The Cowards’

11. Remedy (iTunes original version)

12. He was our number one fan

13. Fake It (iTunes original version)

14. I was feeling nostalgic

15. Rise Above This (iTunes original version)

16. I picked it for the chorus

17. Across The Universe (iTunes original version)

18. The song is kinda creepy

19. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (iTunes original version)