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Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 - The Seether Sessions

2010-03-26 09:46
Native Noise Collection Vol. 1

Those songs are indeed familiar (hello "Gasoline", "Broken", "Remedy", etc.), but in many respects they are much more interesting to hear in their (slightly) stripped down versions. Even the Beatles cover "Across the Universe" is a surprisingly decent update on a classic.

Meantime, the interview clips are fan candy, giving some insight into the adventure and process of a band that is endlessly paraded as the great South African Hype. To quote Paul Seele: " rock band represents the global domination of South African music better than Seether." Well, ok.

Looked at another way, Seether's popularity in SA is one of those strange anomales. On the one hand, it’s not surprising, as 'Sarf' Africans seem be defiantly patriotic when it comes to their countrymen's success stories (see Theron, Blomkamp, Die Antwoord, etc.).

On the other hand, it is bewildering, given the scorn and vitriol bestowed upon the likes of Nickelback or (gasp!) Creed (cough!) – or any number of MTV rock bands, for all intents that band’s genre contemporaries. And before the fanboys start burning crosses outside my house, yes, Chad Kroeger IS the less-good-looking Canadian Shaun Morgan Lite.

Seether's mainstream output does feel formulaic at times, so much so that while all the albums were fairly successful and listenable, it's really hard to track any great variation or expansion in their approach over the years (See? Just like Nickelback!). You kinda wish they’d play a bit of a samba once in a while, don’t you?

Seriously, there's one exception to the canon– the unplugged concert released as "One Cold Night", which was recorded in Philadelphia back in 2006. Released with a bonus live DVD, it is well worth acquiring if you haven't done so yet. Read our review of that album here: here.

Thankfully, Musketeer has included that audio CD in this package, and it makes a worthwhile plus for the main disc. Without it, Native Noise would likely appeal only to completists, hunters of rare alternate versions, and suicidal fangirls. A pity, because so far Seether works far better unplugged than as a stadium rock outfit.

Some years ago, UCT radio DJ Paul Seele ran a series of interviews with local bands on his show, which he called "Native Noise". And here, some years later, we have a collection of interview clips with Seether, presumably from one of those shows (the disc info is unclear), interspersed with some alternate iTunes versions of songs that have become fan faves.

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Paul Seele 2010-03-28 09:32 PM
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Thanks for the review. The interview clips weren't taken from the old show - they are far more recent than that. The Native Noise Collection is intended to be a collector's item for the dedicated fan. Being released exclusively in South Africa it's also a reward to the SA fans for their support. Fans will enjoy the free Seether content on the album's micro-site:

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