On the phone with Seether’s lead singer, Shaun Morgan circa 2004, all was not wine and roses – even though the band had already sold a whopping half-a-million copies of Disclaimer. Ironically, at the time of this interview being captured, Seether was about to become real rock stars, in the true sense of the word, all thanks to “Broken” and a world tour in support of Evanescence.
Pessimistic, frustrated, America tore into the band; and despite the insane uphill battle and the challenges that went into being signed to Wind-Up Records, Seether prevailed. At the time, Shaun pointed to the fact that the band felt a lack of creative support from their label. Some might have called it tough love, whereas Shaun simply saw it as bad parenting.
With 16 bands signed to the label and only four making waves, Wind-Up was in a corner, hungry for hits. The big machine was threatened and panicked where, as a result, Seether suffered the brunt of that desperation. Armed with a new guitarist, and all far better players thanks to two-and-a-half-years of continuous touring, Seether was about to cement their place as one of modern rock’s true talents. Shaun turned to his lyrical wizardry to articulate his unhappiness and frustration, all of which aired on the album Karma & Effect, released a year after this interview. We also chatted around the then-recent arrival of this new thing called ‘download culture’ and the threat and influence the internet was imposing on the music business.
USA 2004 – George Bush had just outlawed gay marriage; the conservative slide was well and truly afoot. Sardonic when you consider 2021 America. Ruling by fear and with the real worry that Bush would be re-elected, Shaun considering leaving the US because of the politics of the day. Luckily for us all, Seether stayed put, and in the process realised phenomenal success right around the world, no thanks to their label.