It appears slightly arduous to consider that Sevendust has been round for over 20 years, as a result of the band has remained important to the hard-rock scene.
Their dwell exhibits are famend for being high-energy experiences, and their music, melodic and metallic, is stunningly recent. The group’s newest album, All I See Is War (Rise Records), is a heavy and soulful renewal of the members’ resolve to all the time, within the phrases of frontman Lajon Witherspoon, “carry the warmth.”
The band isn’t simply beloved by their followers. They began the second leg of a U.S. tour right this moment (Feb. 6) as a part of a invoice — Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater and Kirra — that additionally accommodates some admirers. Cane Hill vocalist Elijah Witt, who loves the group as nicely, says, “We’re stoked to be on tour with a few of our idols. Sevendust are so sick.” Tremonti chief Mark Tremonti (who’s additionally lead guitarist of Creed and Alter Bridge), provides, “Sevendust are a few of my oldest mates within the enterprise and probably the greatest dwell and most influential bands on the market.”
One of the primary causes Sevendust is so extremely regarded is Witherspoon. His voice is among the best in rock: a strong roar tempered with a soulful rasp that, at occasions, remembers Terence Trent D’Arby. Songs like “Black,” “Denial,” “Enemy,” “Unraveling” and “Decay” grew to become hits not solely due to their punishing grooves, however as a consequence of Witherspoon’s passionate tenor.
Witherspoon spoke to Billboard from Houston proper earlier than the primary evening of the tour and simply after getting back from ShipRocked, an annual rock-themed cruise that options over 20 bands (this 12 months’s lineup additionally included Papa Roach, Motionless in White, Nonpoint, Nothing More and Skindred). “Still feeling slightly bit wobbly, however trying ahead to this tour and able to jam,” says Witherspoon. Of ShipRocked, he observes, “We have enjoyable. We carry the wives. We play twice: as soon as on the highest deck and as soon as within the theater. It’s a little bit of a trip and only a nice social gathering.”
When All I See Is War was launched in May 2018, the album was streamed in its entirety on YouTube, an attention-grabbing alternative in an age of stealing music and YouTube-to-mp3 converters which can be simply discovered on-line. But Witherspoon argues that it’s an crucial: “These days, it’s important to have your finger on the heart beat of social media. It attracts the music listener in as a viewer to see movies that you’ve got since you don’t see them on MTV anymore. YouTube is a good avenue.” As far as probably dropping income goes, he laughs in response. “Well, I don’t have any cash within the first place, so why ought to I begin now? But at the very least the individuals are getting the music and having fun with it and coming to those exhibits.”
When requested how followers are responding to the brand new materials, he’s excited. “The response has been nice. And we’re so pleased with it. This album is driving, and the followers have actually embraced it: We’re enjoying the brand new songs, and so they’re singing ’em again. So it has been an important response. We have been within the U.Okay. not too way back, and the response was nice there, so we’re actually enthusiastic about it.”
Witherspoon and his bandmates additionally have been excited to work with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Tremonti, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) on All I See Is War as a result of “he was capable of carry so much to the desk and actually hone in on us. He stated, ‘Let’s see what you bought, however let’s not get too loopy’ … Not solely is he an important participant, he’s an important author, his melodies are nice, and he’s a good friend. He’s a brother of ours, in order that made it simpler for us.”
The album was recorded at Baskette’s dwelling studio, Studio Barbarosa, in Gotha, Fla. “We have been the primary band to dwell in his home with him. So it was nice to get up and have breakfast and do no matter you would possibly do after which go straight into the studio,” remembers Witherspoon. “And simply to observe him work and the best way he places all the pieces collectively. It was unbelievable, and I loved daily going into the studio to sing. Not saying I haven’t felt like that earlier than, however this time it was actually enjoyable.”
Witherspoon says that earlier than coming into the studio with Baskette, Sevendust had written over 50 songs. “We had a lot day without work, which was nice — we obtained to go dwelling and be fathers and husbands, and go to the daddy/daughter dances — however while you’re away from it for slightly bit, the artistic juices are simply flowing.” The band picked 12 songs for the album, but it surely recorded “a couple of greater than 12. We nonetheless have lots of stuff within the pocket.” When requested if there’s a new album from these periods to observe this one, the singer says with amusing, “Absolutely. We’re already speaking about it proper now, determining dates after we’re going to begin writing for it.”
Sevendust simply launched a video on Jan. 23 for the track “Risen” that’s at present impacting energetic rock radio. It was filmed throughout a Dec. 2, 2018, live performance in London on the Brixton Academy and directed by Dan Sturge. The video captures the power and pleasure of a Sevendust present in beautiful sluggish movement. While Witherspoon flails his spectacular dreadlocks, bassist Vinnie Hornsby and guitarists Clint Lowery and John Connolly bounce about whereas drummer Morgan Rose steadily kilos his package. It’s the fourth video from the album, for which Witherspoon provides the band’s new label, Rise Records, credit score. “The label has been so nice. They’ve actually been behind the band. We haven’t completed movies in so lengthy I forgot they nonetheless did them. It’s been enjoyable for us to be concerned and get so many completed for this album. It’s thrilling.”
Thus far, the movies have been pretty simple clips with no storylines: simply Sevendust performing, which the band prefers. “Yeah, we wish to jam, and we like folks to see what’s occurring and seize that second after we’re onstage, and what higher place to try this?” provides Witherspoon.
So far, Sevendust have launched 4 singles from All I See Is War: “Dirty,” “Not Original,” “Medicated” and “Risen.” But considered one of Witherspoon’s favourite songs from the set is “Moments.” “I feel that was a later monitor that we recorded. It virtually didn’t make the ultimate lower, however I fell in love with that one for the reason that first time we performed it. I’ve been flying the flag to have that track develop into the subsequent single.”
In the meantime, Sevendust will cross the nation on a 22-date tour that wraps March three in San Antonio. For extra info, go to sevendust.com.