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Interview: Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon On New LP Kill The Flaw

Alternative metal band Sevendust is arguably the most consistent group in the game today.

More than 20 years since their debut, the group has never stopped making music. Now, the group returns with their eleventh studio album, Kill The Flaw, the band’s third self-produced record in the past three years.

Salute Magazine recently caught up with Sevendust lead singer Lajon Witherspoon while on tour to ask him about the new album.

Salute: What was the inspiration behind Kill the Flaw?

Lajon:  Honestly, we had just done an acoustic album. So we kind of unplugged electrically for a year. When we went back in the studio it was almost like a new band. It was a fresh start. We went in, we had no music ready. It was exciting.

Salute: How long did the record take to produce? 

Lajon: About two-and-a-half months. The sad part about it is we go to Butler, New Jersey to record and there is nothing to do except to work in the studio the whole time. We will never do an album there again. We were there when they declared a State of Emergency… All of that probably gave the album more angst.

Salute: Were you there during the hurricane?

Lajon: We were there during everything. I was trying to get a flight out. I barely made it home for a few days because of the snow. But we still got the album done.

Salute: So you’ve released 11 albums now, including three self-produced albums in three years. How is it that you guys are able to consistently come up with new music?

Lajon: It’s something that’s in us. It’s our passion. When I wake up in the morning, music is in me. That’s what I think about. That’s what keeps me going. It’s something embedded in us like a hard drive.

Salute: Tell me more about how you guys decided on the album art.

Lajon: I’m an old-school 1972 born man. Looking at a piece of artwork, we wanted it to be so vivid. Like the Allman Brother’s at the Fillmore [East] in the ’70s… something that would make a good T-shirt for a band, because nobody else had it.

Salute: What’s up with the children’s voices on the first single, “Thank You”? 

Lajon: Architekt Studio, where we work out of, if you go to the right there is a school where they teach children all day long—from drums, to bass and guitar. These kids are talented. It was such a beautiful experience to not only do the album where all this energy is created, but to have these kids come in play.

We played a show in Kansas City with Godsmack and my 7-year-old daughter got up on stage and sang the children’s part of “Thank You.” I think because of those children, it made my daughter validate, “if they can do it, I could do it.”

Salute: What was your first reaction when you heard the album all the way through?

Lajon: I’m in love with it. I think we went out of the box and did some really cool stuff.

Salute: Can we expect even more from Sevendust next year?

Lajon: Yeah. We’ll just have to continue. We’re still at the beginning. We kind of opened up a new door, I feel. Time to start over again and really hit it. We’re really excited to be wrapping up the Godsmack tour. We just have to do it big and enjoy this music and have a good time.

Sevendust’s new album Kill The Flaw is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. For even more on the new album, check out the “Making of Kill The Flaw on YouTube, and don’t forget to catch Sevendust on tour this fall.

Sevendust Tour Dates:

Oct 13
Wallingford, CT
Toyota Oakdale Theatre w/ Godsmack

Oct 14
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid-Hudson Civic Center w/ Godsmack

Oct 16
Halifax, Canada
Scotiabank Centre w/ Godsmack

Oct 17
Moncton, Canada
Moncton Coliseum w/ Godsmack

Oct 19
Ottawa, Canada
TD Place w/ Godsmack

Oct 21
Chicago, IL
Concord Music Hall with WOVENWAR and Sidewise

Oct 22
Omaha, NE
Sokol Auditorium with WOVENWAR and Sidewise

Oct 23
Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall with WOVENWAR and Sidewise

Oct 25
Elverta, CA
AFTERSHOCK 2015 w/ Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Seether, Breaking Benjamin…

Nov 2
Sioux Falls, SD
Denny Sanford w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 3
La Crosse, WI
La Crosse Center w/ Breaking Benjamin

Nov 4
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 6
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 7
Youngstown, OH
Covelli Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 8
Salem, VA
Salem Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 10
Knoxville, TN
Coliseum w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 11
Huntsville, AL
Von Braun w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 13
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 14
Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 15
Cape Girardeau, MO
Show Me Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 17
Fayetteville, NC
Crown Coliseum w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 20
State College, PA
Bryce Jordan Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 21
Huntington, WV
Big Sandy Superstore Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 23
Albany, NY
Times Union Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

Nov 24
Portland, ME
Cross Insurance Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin

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