Sun Herald

Seether To Headline CPRfest 9

June 23, 2005

Thanks to the devotion of its many fans, the popular band known as Seether is finally getting the recognition that many feel is long overdue.

"I don't know that there's a formula (for success)," Seether frontman Shaun Morgan said in a recent interview with the Sun Herald. "We've been really, really appreciative of our fans. It just seems to have been building over the past couple of years. Right now we're just in a really good place as far as the band goes."

Seether will be headlining CPR Fest 9, A Tribute to the Troops, on Friday on the south lawn of the Coliseum.

"CPR Fest is an outdoor rock festival, a chance to get together with friends and have a good time," said Kevin Harris (a k a "Special K"), promotions director and on-air personality for radio station 97.9 WCPR. "The gates will open at 3 p.m., first band goes on at 4 p.m., and it's tentatively scheduled to be over by 11 p.m."

Other bands performing at the fest include, in order of appearance, Fall As Well, Atomship, Prom Kings, No Address and Crossfade. Seether performs last, said Harris.

"Seether is a true in-your-face rock 'n' roll band," he added. "Their new album is almost like a breath of fresh air. It's a new, kind of different sound."

According to Morgan, the band classifies its sound broadly.

"We just think of it as rock. We don't think of it as metal, or nu-metal or whatever," he said. "We just consider ourselves a straight-up rock 'n' roll band."

Seether, which hails from South Africa, broke through several years ago when an album the band recorded back home caught the attention of Wind-up Records, which flew the members to New York to showcase their music.

"And they ended up signing us," Morgan said.

Seether released their latest album, "Karma and Effect," on May 24. It debuted at No. 8, propelled in part by the popularity of the hit single "Remedy."

Morgan has also garnered ink for his longtime (at least by rock 'n' roll standards) relationship with girlfriend Amy Lee (who added her voice to Seether's popular hit song "Broken"), a native of Little Rock, Ark., who fronts the popular rock band Evanescence.

"We're still going out. It's been more than two years. Amy and I live in Los Angeles. She bought a place there about a year ago, figured we'd have to be there for a while," said Morgan. "But I think we'll be moving to like Oregon, Seattle or somewhere in Washington State at some point. We want to be someplace real pretty, and far away from the hustle and bustle. Our social life is on the road."

Morgan said Seether has played in South Mississippi several times before.

"We played the last couple of years down there with 3 Doors Down around Halloween," he said.

General admission to CPR Fest 9, A Tribute to the Troops, is $19.97 in advance and $24.97 on the day of the show.

"We want to make sure people know that it's back," said Harris. "We had CPR Fest 8, then we didn't have one last year. Now we're back with CPR Fest 9 to continue the tradition."