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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 a guitarist of the band, dated Amy Lee from 2003-2005. The band's origin is South Africa, where it 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.
Seether are known for their collaboration with Amy in Broken, included in the album Disclaimer II. The song became a hit and increased the album's popularity.
Shaun Morgan went to rehab for substance addition in August 2006. His addictions and how it affected Amy and their relationship is the main subject in Evanescence's Call Me When You're Sober from The Open Door, and their break-up inspired other songs on the album.
The band released Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces on October 23, 2007. According to Shaun, the album doesn't contain any songs about Amy Lee:
|If there are any references on the disc about a failed relationship, Morgan said it will be about his most recent ex and not Lee. "These songs are turning out to be somewhat more introspective, which is weird -- you'd assume I'd be more pissed off and have more things to say," he explained. "I don't know how much I want to say and what I want to say. It's tough, because I know what the expectations are for this album and that people will be looking for that Amy Lee reference, and I am trying desperately not to have any. I just ended another truly, truly horrible relationship with somebody, so if there's anything about somebody on the record, it would be about her, not Amy. In retrospect, Amy and I, at our worst moments, were still better than this last girl and I at our best moments."|
Shaun said about the song Breakdown:
|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.|
In September 2008, Evanescence's rhythm guitarist since 2007 Troy McLawhorn joined Seether while Evanescence was on break between albums. He wrote with Seether on the 2011 album Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray. He left a couple of months before its release because of "a very personal invasion of trust", and re-joined Evanescence, recording guitar on the band's 2011 self-titled album.
- 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)
- Josh Freese, the studio session drummer on Evanescence's Fallen, also played drums on Seether's album 'Disclaimer'.
Notes and References
- Eells, Josh (October 2006). "Amy Lee: Back in Black". Blender. https://web.archive.org/web/20070930190149/http://www.blender.com/guide/articles.aspx?id=2076.
- Amy Lee - Iceberg Radio Interview 2006 Full: "A lot of the songs were coming from the turmoil in our relationship and how I was feeling, but I wrote about a lot of other things too."
- C. Harris. Seether Frontman Won't Respond To Amy Lee's Attack: 'I Just Refuse To Lower Myself To That Level' - MTV.com
- "YES!! I'm proud to announce that Troy Mclawhorn is back in Ev!" - Amy's tweet on June 12, 2011
- New EVANESCENCE Album Gets Release Date; Guitarist TROY MCLAWHORN Rejoins Band - June 13, 2011