Not ones to rest on their laurels, Seether are preparing to release Wasteland – The Purgatory EP which will be available digitally and on CD July 30 and on vinyl October 22 via Fantasy Records.
The EP comes less than ten months since Seether’s highly successful eighth album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War).
After the first two singles swept all before them, Seether have elected to release two versions of Wasteland – one the album version, and the other an alternate version, plus three tracks left over from the last recording session. Vocalist Shaun Morgan spoke with HEAVY in the lead up to the EP’s release.
“We had some great success with the first two singles over here in the states,” he explained. “They both went number one which is… it’s been a long time since we’ve had that much attention and time and energy with singles back-to-back and when it came to choosing the third single, I think all of us, as far as the band goes, it’s one of our favourite songs on the album, and we really wanted to get an elevated amount of attention from both fans and press and radio programmers around the world, so it’s an important song for us and I think that we felt the best way to do that was supplement it with this little EP as a bonus. The songs that are on the EP are the original album versions and then there are three B sides from the last album we released, they were actually being held aside for either the deluxe edition of the album or the next album because we recorded 21 tracks in total. Finally, the EP is tied together with the alternate version of Wasteland which we re-recorded. We dropped the tuning slightly, we added piano and strings and strangely enough I think I like the alternate version of the song more than I like the original (laughs).”
In the full interview Shaun runs us through each song individually, talks about the stripped back version of Wasteland and the addition of instruments such as piano and cello, the EP title and its significance, future music and his top three Commandments Of Rock.