South African rockers Seether are set to return to the UK with a brand new studio album, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' in a CD/DVD bonus format, a version of the album which is exclusive to the UK market. The band are also set to tour the UK in March 2012.
'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' was released to widespread critical acclaim in the USA in May 2011. The debut single from the album, 'Country Song', spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 (on Active Rock radio) over the course of the year and recently achieved Gold status for sales of over 500,000 units digitally by the RIAA.
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The song was the #1 most played song at Active Rock radio for the year 2011, outdistancing such acts as Foo Fighters, Staind and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Total active rock spins were 52,361, outdistancing the next closest song by almost 10,000 spins. 83,000 spins across all rock formats for the year 2011. The song is also the #1 Active Rock Song of the Year in Canada.
Seether was named the #1 Active Rock Artist and the #1 Heritage Rock Artist of 2011 by Billboard as well. 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' was released in May and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and is the band's highest album premier to date. The album has scanned over 250,000 copies since its release to date. The band's next USA single 'Tonight' has also gone No 1 on Active Rock Radio – the first time the band has had consecutive #1 singles at the format.
The UK release is unique and will feature a host of bonus material. In addition to the standard 12 album tracks the UK version cd will also feature seven extra tracks - 13. Dead Seeds / 14. Yeah / 15. Nobody / 16. Effigy / 17. No Resolution (Skolnik Remix) / 18. Roses (Protector Drumstep Remix) / 19. Country Song (Elder Kepson Remix)
The UK release will also come with a bonus DVD as part of the standard release. Tracklisting for this is as follows.
DISC 2 (bonus DVD entitled 'Seether In Session') - 1. Country Song (Acoustic) / 2. Fine Again (Acoustic) / 3. Fake It (Acoustic) / 4. Broken (Acoustic) / 5. Rise Above (Acoustic) / 6. Country Song (Plugged in) / 7. Remedy (Plugged in).
Seether has spent most of 2011 out on the road in support of their latest release and look to continue the trend in 2012. The Houston Press raved about Seether's live show "...Seether put on a heartfelt, stripped-down performance that didn't leave fans wanting." The band will resume touring internationally early next year making stops in Asia, Australia and Europe. These dates mark a triumphant return for the band as it has been over two years since the band has performed in these territories.
Looking back on Seether's career path, it's not surprising that the band has progressed to this juncture. The band has sold millions of albums to date worldwide and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year.
Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on worldwide hearts and eardrums with 2002's Disclaimer. The album's first single, 'Fine Again' was a pensive ballad that resonated with fans worldwide. Seether gained nationwide live exposure with a spot on that year's Ozzfest tour.
Seether rerecorded the acoustic track 'Broken' as an electric version featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee. 'Broken' became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered 'Disclaimer', adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set 'Disclaimer II', which went Platinum.
In 2005, Seether released 'Karma And Effect', which is certified gold and followed that release up in 2007 with the now Platinum 'Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces'. The album was reissued in 2009 with a cover of George Michael's 'Careless Whisper', and became another successful single release for the band. The band currently have 453,000 MySpace Friends and 1.7 million Facebook fans. Seether have sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.
Tour Dates 2012
March 9 Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
March 10 Glasgow, Garage
March 11 Manchester Academy
March 12 Birmingham O2 Academy
March 14 Bristol Academy
March 15 London, Apollo Hammersmith