Shaun Morgan ‒ Vocals, Guitar
Dale Stewart ‒ Bass, Vocals
John Humphrey ‒ Drums
The Seether of 2006 is a far different band than the Seether that
debuted in 2002. Nowhere is that more evident than on One Cold Night,
the new live acoustic CD and bonus DVD, which reveals a new intimate
side to their heavy-hitting sound.
Recorded at Philadelphiaʼs Grape Street on February 22, 2006, the
session features hits from the bandʼs gold certified debut albums
Disclaimer and Disclaimer II and their current release, the gold certified
Karma and Effect. Included on the CD are Seetherʼs biggest hits "Remedy," "Fine Again" and "Broken." The live concert recording also
showcases some of the bandʼs harder repertoire including "Gasoline"
and "Truth" in a fresh, intimate setting that provides a unique
experience for both new and long-time fans. One Cold Night highlights
singer and principle songwriter Shaun Morganʼs heartfelt vocals and his
intensity as a performer, as well as the bandʼs superior musicianship.
The live acoustic recording comes on the heels of the band relentlessly
touring for close to five years and selling nearly two million albums. The
band has seen success from the beginning, but they continue to push
themselves to a new place with each release. It is this type of hard work
that proves Seether is a force to be reckoned with in rock music.
After Seetherʼs debut album went gold, the band was all set to cut their
second album in 2004 when they unexpectedly had a crossover hit
single. Seether had re-recorded their ballad, "Broken," as a duet
featuring Morgan and vanescenceʼs Amy Lee for the soundtrack to the
action film The Punisher. As it climbed into the Billboard Top 10, the
bandʼs first album was issued in a new, expanded version called
Disclaimer II ‒ and it became the first debut album ever to go gold
twice as this revised record also met that magic mark. Suddenly, they
were in demand all over the world. They scrapped their recording plans
and toured Europe in the summer of 2004. Some of these new fans,
attracted by the hit ballad, attended a concert only to discover that
Seether was a quartet offering a beautiful marriage of heaviness and
"Broken" may have kept Seether away from the studio, but that turned
out to be a benefit. Extensive touring allowed the group time to gel and
write additional material. Seven additional tracks came from that
period, creating the core of Karma and Effect. Morgan says, "When you
get into a writing environment and everyoneʼs sitting around hammering
something out, then you really understand if itʼs gonna work or not." As
Morgan explains, what made the group work was that they played off
each otherʼs strengths. "Dale is good at making our ideas better and
then you add John into the mix - heʼs a really powerful drummer."
In its first week of release Karma and Effect sold 82,000 units, giving
Seether the #8 album in the country and making it the bandʼs highest
ever debuting album. Karma and Effect was quickly certified gold and
the band hit the road. Seether marked yet another milestone by
performing in arenas across America with Audioslave and then coheadlining
the sold-out 2006 SnoCore tour. Karma and Effect went on
to produce the smash hits "Remedy" and "Truth."
"The Gift," Seetherʼs current and third single from Karma and Effect,
continues to build strong radio airplay. The song is in the Top 10 at
rock radio, and it shows promise as a crossover hit to pop radio.
Entertainment Weekly offered, "…Morgan strikes rock-radio gold in
''The Gift,'' a deliciously moody ballad…" The accompanying music video
for the track was shot on location in Oaxaca, Mexico with director
Amidst their tireless touring schedule, Seether found time to record
One Cold Night. When asked about performing his repertoire in an
acoustic setting, Morgan says, "This is an experience for us to have
some fun and present our music in a different fashion. It is amazing for
us to be able to play the same heavy songs in a more intimate
environment. We love it because we feel a connection with the audience
and they can understand and listen to every chord that comes from the
stage. Itʼs always fun to just mix it up and that's what weʼre all about." The quartet has plans to take the acoustic set on the road in the
summer of 2006, performing both electric and acoustic shows in cities
across the U.S.
The bonus DVD includes an in-depth interview with the band conducted
by Philadelphiaʼs WMMR on-air legend Pierre Robert, the music video
for "The Gift," a behind the scenes package from the Oaxaca video
shoot, and a gallery of still photos from the Grape Street performance.
The set list features some rarities, including a performance of "Tied My
Hands," a favorite from the bandʼs early days as Saron Gas, and a cover
of Pearl Jamʼs "Immortality."
Seetherʼs devoted fans will be rewarded with the release of One Cold
Night. The CD/DVD marks several firsts for the band ‒ their first
concert recording, their first live acoustic recording and their first DVD
release offering a complete set. For new fans, the live recording will
convey the musical integrity and intensity of vocalist Shaun Morgan and
his band mates from the platinum-selling, headlining band, Seether.