Shaun Morgan on Seether’s New Album, Thoughts on Post Malone’s Nirvana Tribute
Seether released their latest single “Dangerous” only a couple of weeks ago, and it’s already been incredibly well-received by fans. So, is this new single a sign of what to expect from the band’s eighth studio album?
Shaun Morgan recently spoke with WMMR’s Sara and said, “The rest of the album is pretty heavier. I guess I was very angry last year when I was writing this stuff. [Laughs]…I always try to retain a hopeful edge to it, and I don’t know if that’s always achieved. It was kind of dark times because a lot of these lyrics were written toward the end of [2019.] The music was written way earlier, but I really started working on the lyrics in December.”
Morgan continued, “Over the course of that year, I’ve had a lot of time to sit and reflect on what I see is happening in the world around me. Not being somebody who is active on social media and then being able to look on the outside in and seeing people who are and how it affects them, that kind of started seeping into my lyrics and how I wanted to present the music. It’s not the overall theme of [the album], but it’s a large chunk of what influenced the lyrics on this album.”
What has been happening a lot in the world, specifically the music world, is a lot of livestream performances, which Morgan says was “…one of the most terrifying things that I’ve done,” due not being able to feed off an audience and being forced to talk directly into a camera all alone.
“I did it, and I’m glad I did it…I put it off because I was terrified because I wanted to make sure [the performance] was decent,” said Morgan. “I think in the future what we’ll do is to stream as the whole band and play in the same room kind of like that abomination…What’s that guy with all the tattoos on his face? When he did that Nirvana [livestream], I was cringing.”
Now, before you declare Morgan vs. Post Malone as the next big feud, he explained his thoughts on Post’s Nirvana tribute livestream.
“It’s no secret that was the band that got me to pick up a guitar. I’m an absolute purest. I learned how to play those [songs] when I was a 12-13-year-old kid, and even one wrong way to play a cord I was really upset by because I’m a purest,” said Morgan. “There’s some bands that if you’re gonna cover them, you have to do it as close to the [original] as possible. In general, I don’t mind the guy; I actually quite enjoy his music. But just for me, I was like [cringe noise.]”
Morgan added, “…What was cool about that setup was it came across as one stream, but they switched cameras. I thought that was great. That was the positive I got out of that. That’s what we’re looking to do in the future, but with a higher production value.
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum comes out August 28 and is currently available for pre-order here.