caught up with John Humphrey from Seether to
talk about how the band formed, their current
album release and tour.
for giving us this time to speak with you, can
you first start by giving us a brief history
of your band including details like how you
formed and how you came up with your name?
Shaun and Dale formed a band in 1999, Shaun
was the first member with different people then
he got dale, it started out as Saron Gas in
South Africa in 1999. They recorded and released
an album called “Fragile” that gained
some interest internationally, I believe Sony
Universal picked up on it and sent it to their
affiliate Wind Up Records, the label we’re
now on in New York. So in 2001 Shaun and Dale
moved to New York to begin recording “Disclaimer”
they were a 3 piece as they had a drummer but
he didn’t wish to relocate. A studio drummer
recorded on “Disclaimer” till 2003
when they held auditions which I was one of
the 5, they pretty much hired me on the spot.
Then we did “Broken” with Amy Lee
and our career took off so that’s that.
always wondered why you released “Disclaimer”
then “Disclaimer II” which both
had the same 12 core tracks, what was the reasoning
Because of the “Broken” song took
off! It was only meant to be a part of the soundtrack
for The Punisher and we were already recording
what was to be “Karma and Effect”.
We toured with Evanescence because of Amy so
we could perform it every night and because
we were going to all these new places with new
found interest the label decided to repackage
it, remaster it and then add the bonus stuff
so the people who had “Disclaimer”
also had more stuff.
can you say is your best moment within this
The reason you end up in a band is being a huge
fan of bands and getting into it, we’ve
got to play with a lot of those people that
I would call my heroes. We’ve done shows
in south Africa with Metallica, its surreal
to be on stage and look over to see James and
Lars watching your band play. We’ve also
touring with Audioslave and to have these guys
become acquaintances and then perhaps friends
later on are huge moments that mean the world
then how about the worst?
We’ve had band that have been on festivals
and stuff, only mid level bands not exactly
massive, not naming names but they’re
the ones with the ego’s and they have
all these really stupid expectations because
even the legends like James and Lars are so
laidback and really down to earth but bands
like that are what annoy me a bit much sometimes.
New album “Holding onto Strings better
Left To Fray” has been released recently
and is being re-released here soon, how has
this gone down with the fans and with the press?
Yeah we’re doing a UK release; it’s
essentially the whole reason for this tour.
We’ve extensively toured the states for
the last 9-10 years, we put our foot down with
the label and said we needed to get over seas
because we hadn’t been to some of these
places in 4 years and some never. Now we’ve
been to Thailand, New Zealand and Russia, places
we’d never been before because we’ve
got fans all over the world but they’ve
finally got the picture now and started to support
that need from us.
haven’t properly toured the UK since 2009
with Staind, do you find that this makes fans
more eager when you come around?
We’ve done one off headline shows coinciding
with the tour that have been really rammed!
Our fans are really patient with us and do wait
for us, it’s really touching because they
go absolutely nuts, we’re on about returning
to do a proper headline tour in the UK later
this year to give you guys a proper set.
tour relentlessly all year round, how does this
affect your personal lives?
I have 2 kids back home and I’m married,
I have a very supporting family and wife but
yeah it’s really tough. With Skype and
things I get to see them every day, it’s
not the same but this is what I’ve done
my entire adult life; touring, recording and
writing music, this is our longest overseas
tour too it’ll have been a total of 11
weeks so it’s a long time to be away from
last random question that we ask every band,
if you could be an animal out of a zebra or
Giraffe which one would you be and why?
A zebra man I just think they look cool. That’s
a tough question, good one. Sounds a little
generic but hey I like them more haha.
for your time, is there a message for your fans
reading the interview?
Thanks for sticking with us and for all the
support, hopefully we’ll see everyone
on this tour and more of you later on our headline
Interview by James Webb