Seether have been a mainstay on the rock/hard rock scene for just over two decades.
In that time they have received phenomenal critical and chart success, and to celebrate 20 years of the band they have compiled Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether, which is out on October 15 via Craft Recordings.
More than just a greatest hits package, 16 of the songs have reached number one on the Billboard charts, while the other four all attained Top 5 status, making the album a slice of history as much as a celebration of achievement and longevity.
Bass player Dale Stewart joined HEAVY to chat about the album and the band’s career.
We started by asking if he gets as nervous or excited about releasing a veritable Best Of album than when putting out an entirely new body of work.
“No, I don’t think so” he measured. “I guess the jury is out already on those songs that have been released before, like we know people like this one because it did well on radio (laughs). So it’s not as nerve racking. When you release a new album, you never know how it will work or what people are gonna think because it is all new and each album is a little different. We’re changing the whole time. You change as people, and you change as a musician as well. Your influences change. Your general mindset changes. You get older. So, the music changes as you change mentally and you don’t know if people are gonna like that. So far, we’ve been lucky with our journey but there is always that in the back of your mind when you release a new album of shit, what if they don’t like it? What if it bombs? What if people hate it? I think it’s good to put yourself under a bit of pressure because it keeps you vigilant and keeps you trying. I felt like if you didn’t have that you’d become complacent and maybe the art would suffer.”
In the full interview Dale runs through the song selection, including their cover of a Wham song, the album artwork which was chosen from fan submissions, the band’s longevity and how they have sustained it, their relationship with fans, his personal favourite Seether songs, their upcoming live stream event and how you can help shape the setlist plus more.
Pre-order/pre-save the new album here.
Since Seether aren’t able to tour outside of the US right now, they wanted to find another way to bring this special show to their fans around the world. On November 11th, the band is hosting a special Vicennial – Live Online event through a partnership with Moment House. There will be shows at 6pm PST, 6pm GMT and 6pm JST where fans are able to vote for that time zone’s 10-song set. Additionally, the band will be appearing live for Q&A sessions and virtual meet and greets. Tickets for Vicennial – Live Online, as well as bundles that include merch and an exclusive 500 unit limited edition custom mixed opaque pink colour 2-LP vinyl of Vicennial, are on sale now at Seether.com.