Powerhouse rock trio, Seether is set to release their sixth studio album titled Isolate and Medicate on July 1st. It’s no secret that singer/songwriter/guitarist Shaun Morgan is one of the best writers in rock, he has been for years. This latest effort is their best work to date showcasing everything we’ve come to love about Seether: their raw in-your-face rock style, along with powerful lyrics and their refusal to follow the typical songwriting rules. But there’s a sense of maturity on Isolate, though subtle at first, but definitely noticeable. Morgan explains, “ The difference...I think we’re just getting a little older. I think as the years go by you approach lyrics just a little differently and you approach songwriting a little differently.” In typical Seether fashion, every song could be a hit single. There’s no urge for the listener to skip one track to hear the next.
The opening track, “See You At The Bottom” starts things off hard and angry. One can’t help but to test the limits of a pair of speakers with this track. There’s something about it that speaks, “Turn this up!”. It’s a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the journey on Isolate. So go ahead and crank it up, rattle a few windows. Your neighbors will thank you for introducing them to the album of the summer, if not all of 2014.
There’s no letting down as the anger continues on “Same Damn Life”. Morgan’s vocal range really shines here. What’s really noticeable is the clean sound that producer, Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam) was able to capture here. Each instrument is easily picked out, and they come together so perfectly creating that classic Seether sound. Those of you who liked the hit, “Tonight” off Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray will love this track.
By now, most of you have heard the albums first single, “Words as Weapons” as it’s currently #4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and climbing fast! Refusing to follow mainstream rules which is so typical of this band, they ventured out of even their comfort zone here and it really works for them. Morgan explains, “ It’s something that’s different that what’s being played over the radio and even live, it’s something different compared to the songs that we normally play. Of course, that’s an evolution thing. I’m very happy that it’s the first single and I honestly couldn’t think of a better song to represent the album.”
Speaking of leaving their comfort zone, the emotionally powerful track, “Crash” has to be the most beautiful song Seether has done to date. Shaun tells me, “ That one is very special to me and I knew when I was writing it, there was something really, really good about it. There was something that...it just grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go.” It’s power is its organic feel; not being overdone with tricks and gimmicks.
My favorite song on the album has to be the power ballad, “Save Today”. Its simplicity is its strength and gives it power. Shaun tells me that it’s a song about missing someone ion general, for him it’s his brother. “ There’s something very special about that song. I think subconsciously I’m still dealing with the loss of my brother even though it’s been seven years now. It’s still something that haunts me and I think every once in a while those kinds of songs come out.” If there was a window to see inside Shaun’s heart, this would be it. The emotions here are so real, so powerful, it will touch the heart of anyone who listens to it.
Seether is currently touring in Europe and will be hitting the United States on July 1st, the album’s release date in New York City. They have a number of shows scheduled throughout the country including co-headlining the summer’s hottest rock festival, Rockstar Uproar Festival with Godsmack, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil and many others! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better line-up! Tickets for most shows are already on sale, so be sure to get yours before they sell out. This is the event of the summer and you do not want to miss out! Be sure to check Seether’s website for dates and cities near you. Rockstar Uproar dates can be found here.