Sometimes when playing live bands rely on production – shiny props, backdrops, gimmicks, and banter to distract you from the talent that may be lacking. And sometimes, you come across a band confident and solid enough to, as the cliché goes, to let the music speak for itself.
Seether is one of those bands. The kind that barge through the stereotypical, standardized, music machine, carving their own path in the industry.
Born out of Pretoria, South Africa, Seether return to the touring circuit with the release of their fifth studio album, Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray.
Nonchalantly sauntering onstage, Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, and John Humphrey, stepped into place, strapped on their gear, and opened their set with “Gasoline” off 2002’s Disclaimer.
With his hair wildly flailing across the front of his face, Morgan belted out a catalogue of tracks from all five albums including “Needles”, “Fine Again”, “Driven Under”, and “Breakdown”.
The band pressed through their 70 minute set, pausing only briefly for drummer Humphrey to showcase his skills. Slapping his kit with his bare hands, Humphrey pounded away before picking up his sticks to finish off his solo.
Out returned, Morgan and Stewart, with an acoustic guitar in hand. Of the few words Morgan offered up, he prefaced their next track as a “love song” before diving into their current single, the toe tapping, “Country Song”, which pays homage to the legendary Music City where the band spent a few months recording the album.
One of the few criticisms that have followed the band throughout their careers is the similarities to grunge icons Nirvana. Disregarding what’s been said, Seether paid tribute to Nirvana, throwing in a cover of “Heart-shaped Box”.
Burning through a few more tracks, including fan favourites “Broken”, “Fake It” and “Rise Above This”, Seether capped off the night expressing their gratitude to the crowd.
“Thank you guys so much for coming out on a school night; we appreciate it,” said Morgan before strumming the opening riff to “Remedy”.
“Thank you very much. We’ll see you next time.”