If you spent some of your youth decked out in Doc Maartens, sporting ripped tights and black and purple hair (okay, I did) then you will certainly remember the epic sounds of Seether (formally Saron Gas) a local band who made it huge internationally. You will also be excited to know that they are also heading back to Jozi on Sunday 20th May!
It’s been almost 6 years since the band last performed their signature power rock show in South Africa, and 20th May will see Marks Park in Emmarentia come alive with their amazing sounds as they belt out the hits that have become anthems and give the first live performance of songs from the new album on African soil.
Poison The Parish displays no specific agenda, political or religious. But it is personal. This time out, Seether restored their sound with the blood, sweat and heaviness that’s long powered their career. In this day and age, keeping it real and doing it for the right reasons is a bold statement in and of itself. At a point where most bands start to waver, Seether have made certain album seven is the band’s heaviest yet.
“What it really boils down to is that I am disgusted and horrified by what I see society becoming, the complete idolatry of vapid social media and reality TV ‘stars,’” Morgan explains. “It hearkens back to the days of clergy shaping a society as voices of authority; now we’ve got these people glorifying soullessness and lack of talent. They’re preaching this gospel that you can be famous, as long as you have the right face or the right body or the right connections. They aren’t saying, ‘Hey, go out there and write a book, invent something, try to cure cancer.’ It’s all about getting the angles right, to create this illusion that your life is great.”
Poison the Parish is filled with newfound ferocity and purpose, all built around Morgan’s gift for classic pop melody and structure. Album opener “Stoke the Fire,” is a focused statement of purpose and the message is clear.
Seether are: Shaun Morgan (vocals/guitar); Dale Stewart (bass/vocals) and John Humphrey (drums).
Date: Sunday 20 May 2018
Venue: Marks Park, Orange Road, Emmarentia, JHB
Time: Gates open 12:00
**Kids 12 and under are free**
Tickets range from R 395 – R 795 (Meet and Greet R 995)
Catch my one on one interview with Dale on my podcast from 10h00 on 15th May onwards on www.nicheradio.co.za