It’s been three years since Seether released a studio album. That all changed on August 28 with the release of their new record Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum and they are as excited as ever for fans to hear it as they joined us for a special RADIO.COM LIVE performance.
Although Seether’s latest album has a Latin title, frontman Shaun Morgan doesn’t fashion himself an expert in the language. He said he did study a bit when he was growing up, but it was more in the vein of The Lord’s Prayer. He liked the messaging behind the phrase, which is how it ended up as the title.
“I wanted it to sound more high-brow than stuff we’ve done in the past and I liked what it all meant,” Morgan told RADIO.COM’s Taryn Daly . “It seemed to fit the theme for the year of 2020 and I wanted to put my stamp on it.”
Like a lot of musicians, Seether had their album delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s a couple of factors involved,” Morgan said. “First it was delayed from June until July, then until August. Then it just became, look this thing is going to last longer than anybody thought it would last so let’s just put the music out anyway. The way I see it is, if it gets pushed further back and now it’s a year after it was supposed to be released or a year and a half after it was supposed to be released, to me it doesn’t feel fresh anymore.”
“To not put it out would be a failure to the fans because there’s this album that’s good to go and there’s no reason not to release it. Even though we can’t tour on it now, there’s a positive side to it,” Morgan said. “By the time we do get to tour the new stuff, the fans will know the songs that much better. It won’t be like they’re hearing some of these songs for the first time.”
2020 is also a milestone for Seether as it marks the band’s 20th anniversary. The band will be releasing three of their albums on vinyl as celebration. Prior to the lockdown, the band didn’t have great vinyl sales. “Turns out, people want the colored vinyl variations. The black vinyl is boring,” Morgan said.
It may sound odd, but Morgan said it makes a huge difference as Seether is on their “eighth or ninth color” of their limited edition releases. “That has completely surprised me,” he admitted. “I was convinced there was just no way we were ever going to sell vinyl, I was comfortable with that.”
Seether’s latest album Si Vas Pacem, Para Bellum is out now.