Nearly three years removed from touring with Shinedown, Seether couldn’t resist hitting the road with the band again on the upcoming Winterfresh SnoCore tour. The 32-date trek begins Jan. 20 in Lubbock, Texas. Flyleaf and Halestorm will support.
Seether is touring in support of its sophomore Wind-Up effort, “Karma and Effect,” which has sold nearly 535,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The quartet is feeling vindicated, having overcome any fallout from diehard hard rock fans for its more mainstream-sounding tune “Broken,” which appeared on “The Punisher” soundtrack and featured vocals by Evanescence’s Amy Lee.
“Just to release a rock record with very little help from MTV, and with just touring and radio, I think it’s awesome,” Seether guitarist Pat Callahan tells Billboard.com. “I think it did a lot better than any of us expected. But we’re a touring band. That’s where our roots are and we love touring. It’s a lot of fun.”
Seether will head to the South African homeland of singer Shaun Morgan and bassist Dale Stewart in the spring for festival dates, to be followed up by a European swing.
In South Africa, the group will play the three-date Coca-Cola Colab Massive Mix festival, which begins March 18 in Centurion and will be headlined by Metallica. The lineup will also feature Simple Plan, Collective Soul, Fatboy Slim and a host of native acts.
Another U.S. run is possible afterward, but the guitarist says, “How many times can you tour the States? I guess we’ll all see how the next single does and make the call then.”
That next single, “The Gift,” goes to radio next month. As for the band’s next album, the guitarist says he’s confident Seether will be back in the studio sometime this year but is unsure what the material will sound like.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a plan,” Callahan says. “If it comes out heavier, I think we’ll all definitely think it’s cooler. But there’s a lighter side. Who knows? We might just decide to do an acoustic record. We really don’t have a plan set in stone. I know we definitely set out with ‘Karma and Effect’ to make it heavier. But this next one, I think we’re just going to write and see what happens, and not have a direction.”