Sevendust converges and expands catalog on new acoustic set
“A truly meaningful song will always stand the test of time,” begins a statement posted on Sevendust’s Facebook page. “It won't ever age, and its impact will only grow stronger as the years go by. Moreover, its melody will spark the same kind of emotion regardless of the era,” continues the sentiment that is expressed on the Atlanta band’s tenth album titled, Time Travelers & Bonfires. The 7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services release contains six re-recorded classic tracks done acoustically along with six new acoustic numbers. Despite being created at different moments during the band’s nearly two decade reign, all 12 tracks are said to “converge upon one distinct journey.”
Time Travelers & Bonfires is Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Connolly (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass), and Morgan Rose (drums) appeasing fans who’ve been screaming for a new acoustic album. “For the last ten years, people have been talking about it,” says Witherspoon. “They kept asking us to do a full record like that. So, we had to do something unique and very special for them.” Part of the special attention afforded the band’s die-hards was to initiate a PledgeMusic campaign that was met with an overwhelming response.
“We were floored by the amount of support we received,” says Connolly. “At the end of the day, it's about the fans. This gives them more power. They make us. We cut out all of the middle men and went right to crowd.” Lowry claims the campaign’s success stems from Sevendust being so accessible. “We've toured these same cities for almost twenty years, and we've become family with everyone who comes out to the shows,” he explains. “They have a tremendous amount of loyalty to us, and we wanted to bring them into the process of making the record.”
Fans were also given the opportunity to choose which songs would be re-recorded for Time Travelers & Bonfires by taking part in a poll on Facebook. The songs were recorded at Architekt Music Studios in Butler, N.J., where tracks such as 1997 debut single ‘Black’ took on a “whole new life.” The group preserves the original's intensity and transposes the signature anthem into a “hypnotic and haunting gem” that is currently No. 31 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio airplay chart.
“[‘Black’] was literally the first song I ever wrote in 1993," Connolly says. "It was demo number one before we were even Sevendust. It's amazing that everyone wanted to hear it in this form. As far as we've gone and as many things as we've done, that one is the epitome of what Sevendust is.”Hornsby adds ‘Black’ is probably the song Sevendust has played the most. “To do it acoustically shows the longevity and strength of it,” he says.
The album’s title reflects its two halves: Time Travelers are the old songs (‘Black,’ ‘Gone,’ ‘Denial,’ ‘Karma,’ ‘Trust,’ ‘Crucified’) and Bonfires represents the new ones (‘Come Down,’ ‘Under It All,’ ‘The Wait,’ ‘Upbeat Sugar,’ ‘One Life,’ ‘Bonfire’). “We’re bringing the old songs into a new format,” claims Hornsby. “It’s like time traveling and breathing fresh life into something we’ve spent so much time with. Also, after all these years together, we are time travelers.” Sevendust is currently traveling to U.S. city venues throughout the spring and summer with Lacuna Coil joining the band for its April dates.
Watch Sevendust in a live acoustic performance of ‘Black,’ one of the featured classic tracks on the band’s new album Time Travelers & Bonfires.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Sevendust formed in 1994 when Vince Hornsby, Morgan Rose, and John Connolly left a band called Snake Nation. After adding Lajon Witherspoon and Clint Lowery the outfit went through several name changes before settling on Sevendust, based on the name of a commercial insecticide.
* The self-titled Sevendust debut album appeared in April 1997, featuring the now classic tracks ‘Black’ and ‘Bitch,’ the former becoming the opening song for nearly every Sevendust concert until 2004. The gold album also includes ‘My Ruin’ from the Mortal Kombat soundtrack.
* Sevendust’s debut album launched a run of three consecutive gold records that also includes Home (1999) and Animosity (2001), which features the Top 20 Mainstream Rock tracks ‘Praise’ and ‘Angel's Son.’
* In 2007, Sevendust released Alpha, the first album by the band to be released under the Warner-affiliated Asylum Records, making Sevendust the label’s first rock band. The album spawned the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock hits ‘Driven’ and ‘Beg to Differ.’
* Cold Day Memory (2010) marks the band’s career-high Billboard 200 chart position (No. 12). It also celebrates the return of guitarist Clint Lowery, who left the band in 2004. Black Out The Sun (2013) is Sevendust's first album to score No. 1 on an album chart by topping the Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums.
* Sevendust has toured with some of the best known bands in rock and metal including Metallica, Korn, Staind, Creed, Kid Rock, Nonpoint, Reveille, Godsmack, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Powerman 5000, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, Chevelle, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years.