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Seether is the name of the band that supported Evanescence in their tour in 2004. Shaun Morgan, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band, is well-known in the fan community for his relationship with Amy Lee.
The band's origin is South Africa. While still there, the band was called Saron Gas. They changed their name after a request by their new label, Wind-Up Records, to Seether before releasing their first full-length album, Disclaimer.
Shaun Morgan went to rehab for unspecified reasons in August 2006. His apparent struggle with addictions and how it affected Amy and Shaun's relationship is the main subject in Evanescence's Call Me When You're Sober. He now is out of rehab.
The band released Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces in October 23, 2007 (October 19 in South Africa). According to Shaun, the album doesn't contain any song in response to Call Me When You're Sober:
|There isn't necessarily a response as there's a lament. I was bummed out. I was really upset that she would say and do those things. In any relationship, I don't think it's right to say and do those things when people break up, and she obviously felt the need to go out there and make me sound like a complete a--hole. What can I do? I just refuse to lower myself to that level. But it was a painful thing and it got me down — people coming up to me on the street and referring to that song. But I didn't feel the need to write back and be mean.|
Nevertheless, it is obvious that Breakdown was written about Shaun's breakup with Amy (So break me down if it makes you feel right/And hate me now if it keeps you alright). Shaun said about the song:
|It isn't an aggressive song, and it isn't even an angry song — I would prefer to refer to it as a lament rather than an angry backlash. You couldn't tell that the song was about one person. It's probably more universal. I prefer to be a little more vague and respectful. There are some things I could have said and done too — there are always two sides to every story. And if anything, the song says, 'Fine. Go ahead and say those things.' But what's the point of telling my side? That's what the bloodthirsty want, and I don't care what the bloodthirsty want.|
The first single off the latest album, Fake It, has reached #1 in the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
This is what Morgan had to say about Evanescence:
Examiner: Has the label wanted you to work with Amy again because that collaboration was so successful for them?
Morgan: I don't think we would work together again, not while Seether and Evanescence are two separate entities. At this point, the label understands how I feel about that and wouldn't force the issue, and they could very easily. They have more respect for us as people than that and that's great.
Seether band member, Dale has (or had) a girlfriend, Faith, who was Amy Lee's roomate.
In September 2008, Evanescence tour guitarist Troy McLawhorn permanently joined the band after being a tour member (as he did in Evanescence). He wrote with them on the 2011 album Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, before leaving the band a couple of months before it's release and soon afterwards he became a permanent member of Evanescence.
- Shaun Morgan – lead vocals, guitar (1999–present)
- Dale Stewart – bass guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (2000–present)
- John Humphrey – drums, percussion (2003–present)
- Corey Lowery – lead guitar, backing vocals (2019–present; touring 2018–2019)
- Johan Greyling – guitar (1999)
- Tyronne Morris – bass guitar (1999–2000)
- David "Dave" Cohoe – drums, backing vocals (1999–2002)
- Nick Oshiro – drums (2002–2003)
- Pat Callahan – lead guitar (2002–2006)
- Troy McLawhorn – guitar, backing vocals (2008–2011)
- Fragile (2000) [Published under band name Saron Gas]
- Disclaimer (2002)
- Disclaimer II (2004)
- Karma and Effect (2005)
- Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007)
- Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (2011)
- Isolate and Medicate (2014)
- Poison the Parish (2017)
- Josh Freese, the studio drummer for Evanescence on Fallen, also played drums on Seether's album 'Disclaimer'.