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:
Toyota Oakdale Theatre w/ Godsmack
Mid-Hudson Civic Center w/ Godsmack
Scotiabank Centre w/ Godsmack
Moncton Coliseum w/ Godsmack
TD Place w/ Godsmack
Concord Music Hall with WOVENWAR and Sidewise
Sokol Auditorium with WOVENWAR and Sidewise
Summit Music Hall with WOVENWAR and Sidewise
AFTERSHOCK 2015 w/ Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Seether, Breaking Benjamin…
Sioux Falls, SD
Denny Sanford w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
La Crosse, WI
La Crosse Center w/ Breaking Benjamin
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Peoria Civic Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Covelli Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Salem Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Coliseum w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Von Braun w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Bridgestone Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Cape Girardeau, MO
Show Me Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Crown Coliseum w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
State College, PA
Bryce Jordan Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Big Sandy Superstore Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Times Union Center w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin
Cross Insurance Arena w/ Shinedown + Breaking Benjamin