Sevendust - SOLD OUT

Scout Bar presents

Sevendust - SOLD OUT

Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, Kirra

Fri, February 1, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

This event is all ages

You don’t have to change everything. However, realigning can be the healthiest remedy after nearly two decades in the music business. Going into their eleventh full-length album, Kill The Flaw [7 Bros. Records/ADA Label Services], Sevendust changed a lot around them regarding the infrastructure of their organization, but they didn’t alter what matters the most—the music. Following their first significant break (two months) since forming, the Atlanta group—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—entered their new creative hub, Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey, completely inspired and invigorated.

“For the first time in our careers, the avenues were swept off with all of the trash we had on them before,” admits Lajon. “We didn’t have certain people’s hands in our pockets or helicoptering the situation to what they thought it should be. We took a lot of things in our own control. As a result, it’s a new chapter for us.”

“That’s why the record is called Kill The Flaw,” explains Clint. “It’s basically about cutting off the baggage from your life and career and trimming down the excess that holds you back. We’ve had a lot of struggles with the industry. We changed everything about our business. It’s a rebirth in a sense, as far as what we want to do, how we’re going to do it, and who we’re going to it with. We’ve learned from our mistakes.”

There were a few other significant changes as well. Instead of holing up in a hotel, Lajon, Clint, and John rented a house together. The sessions became “24-hour” as the guys cooked breakfast together, hit the gym, and then locked themselves in the studio until midnight every day for five weeks. They also penned the music alongside one another in the studio, jamming everything out in the same room.

“It made everything feel like it did when we first started,” smiles Lajon. “We went in, sat down, looked at each other, picked up the instruments, and began rocking out. Recording like an actual group gave everything more substance.”

“I wanted to embrace what Sevendust is,” declares Clint. “It’s the contrast of the melodic vocal over a very percussive, heavy musical landscape. That’s what we’ve always done. That’s one of those things our fan base really connected to. They’re our life’s blood. There’s no question. We allow our fans to have more of a voice than other bands. We love putting out records that people can say, ‘This what they do. This is the type of band I want to support.’”

The first single and album opener “Thank You” upholds the pillars of their signature style with a buoyant guitar groove, bombastic drums, and soulfully striking refrain. “There’s always someone trying to keep you down,” sighs Lajon. “At the end of the day, that negativity makes you stronger. You’re still going. It says, ‘Thank you for putting me down. Thank you for making me work harder. Thank you for hating!’”

Meanwhile, “Death Dance” builds from an eerie clean guitar into a towering distorted verse that’s as robust as it is raw. Everything converges on an undeniable vocal chant during the chorus. “That’s the summer dance jam right there,” chuckles Lajon.

“It’s based around the social media era we’re in with all of its vanity and ego,” reveals Clint. “We all get caught up in it. People try to enhance their looks without putting any energy towards giving back. The dead are society staring at their iPhones. You’ve got to see the world. You can’t look at a screen for that.”

Then, there’s “Not Today,” which is equally stirring and soaring with its six-string beatdown and vulnerably vibrant vocals. “That’s another one about change,” continues Clint. “It’s us as a band basically making a choice to change who we work with and how we do what we do. It’s us addressing things that have stopped that from happening. You’re lashing out at someone and explaining how you’re going to be a different version of yourself.”

Thankfully, they’re still Sevendust through and through, and that’s what forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock, OZZfest, and Shiprocked! to name a few. However, the new chapter starts now.

“I hope people know we’re the real deal,” concludes Lajon. “That’s the most important thing. There’s substance here. That’s why everybody keeps coming back, and we’re beyond thankful for that.”

“I want everybody to walk away surprised,” Clint leaves off. “I hope it’s better than they imagined, and they get this reassurance that we’re all connected. We want to give people fresh, quality music. I hope they feel prideful they’ve stuck with us through all of these years.” — Rick Florino, July 2015
There are a million bands in the universe of popular music who yearn for a career that becomes the foundation for an emergence of a community. They speak with the conviction of passion, honesty, drive, and perseverance. Most exhibit behavior that defines hard work to their core. Yet, the vast majority come and go leaving small localized followings in their wake. Some broaden their reach establishing regional footholds. And then there are those that through integrity, diligence and what is nothing more than a pure connection with those they encounter, that reach the heights of developing a national presence. With Lullwater, the band's raw, thought provoking rock has placed them on that cusp of garnering that elusive coast to coast notoriety.

In 2007, the band members met through mutual friends in the fertile Athens, GA music scene. They emerged with a shared conviction in their quest from sweaty jam sessions in a dark, grungy, damp basement on Lullwater Street, and from there began to build an audience one fan at a time. It took years of working through repertoire, and fine tuning a vision. Culling audience reaction at hundreds of shows and personal instinct, they threw their rich, diverse musical roots in a blender, and from the mix came a combined musical discovery. The missing link was capturing their live energy on to tape.

With clear vision, they committed their resources, and literally uprooted their entire lives. The band relocated to the Northwestern U.S. in December, 2011. After getting their feet on the ground, they entered London Bridge Studios. Brett Strickland shares, "They're adamant about recording on tape, which was perfect for us. We wanted the music to be as raw and natural as possible. It was all us. You hear every nuance of the performances because we were playing live together." The historical rooms where Pearl Jam's Ten and Soundgarden's Louder Than Love were created delivered a creative revelation for the band. With Producer Jonathan Plum at the helm, everything they sought to achieve became a realized vision. Singer John Strickland reminisces, "My whole childhood was Nineties rock. For me growing up in Georgia, the Seattle scene was like a mythological place where all of these amazing musicians came out of. I told the guys we needed to go there to record. We aimed to bring Athens to Seattle, and being there definitely changed us. It brought us a lot closer together, and we found the sound we'd always wanted."

The hypnotic, heavy melodies of the godfathers of grunge who immortalized the Pacific Northwestern scene left an indelible mark on music. The influence continues to impact recordings today, and with Lullwater that influence is clear. It is the convergence of this inspiration, with a healthy helping of bluesy Southern swagger, that delivers an individual sound. The band strives to create a movement of change and originality with the fans in an effort to bring sense of community back to music lovers that are dispirited with the state of what is deemed popular in Rock music today. With LULLWATER, they might just provide that lightning rod that inspires wide congregations of disparate tastes to unite for the simple love of inspired music.

Lullwater roar to life on tracks like the first single "Tug of War." The front man Strickland reveals, "It's a deeper and more emotional song than others in our current set. I was going through a rough time in a relationship. I know that seems predictable coming from a songwriter, but it is a universal part of our human condition to want it to work. You love the person and care about them, but it's not meshing. It's really about releasing that anxiety that comes from a tense relationship, and you've got to stay true to yourself despite the push and pull. Even though you go through those trials and tribulations, there's a breaking point." On the other end of the spectrum, there's "Albatross", which the songwriter offers is, "Aggressive in nature, and without a doubt somewhat self-loathing and vulnerable. With that weakness, it inevitably turns with a message that is empowering. The track is one our fans have embraced pretty passionately."

Lullwater has released "Tug of War" and "Blind" from the self-titled offering thus far, and the fan base spoke loudly with love for the first taste of what's to come. Their personable, approachable and outgoing personalities are the backbone of this strong bond that is deep with the audience. With a realized vision in hand, and the abundance of musicianship, creativity and artistic expression, they just might yield that arrival in to the national spotlight they've persevered for. Inevitably, as lead guitarist Brett Strickland shares, "We want people to relate to the songs and connect to them. If they get something emotional from the music, we succeeded." John Strickland adds, "I simply want all we encounter to feel something. I hope the album rocks people's faces off, and it makes them feel more alive in the process. We are in this for the long haul, and with every passing month's experiences I know that we are connecting. That my friends is simply inspiring."
Venue Information:
Scout Bar
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058