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Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces

2008-01-07 17:17
Shaun Morgan
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Attention-deficit-disordered? Sample these Shaun snippets:

On sex drugs, & rock 'n roll
There’s the constant striving to fill the hole…you start off doing alcohol, and then you go to chicks and women. And then you go to drugs. And then you do all three at the same time – and not necessarily in that order. And that’s what I’ve been doing for so long. Until when my brother died I realized that none of it makes any difference….You can sleep with a different girl every night and still wake up and feel kind of empty….

On "Call Me When You’re Sober"
That was a rough phase. I mean someone going around and telling the whole world you’re a drunk piece of shit, where the truth is I think somewhat different. I didn’t feel the need to lower my standards…and do the whole 'East Coast vs. West Coast rap battle: "oh really, well guess what, this is what she does!"….

On the State of Rock Music
There’s not much honesty or purity left in music….I blame it on Creed. The reason is this: Creed was the first rock band of my memory that made rock okay for parents to listen to and took away the edge of rock. You know, rock became safe. So kids started listening to rap….
On being Proudly South African
When we left people just turned their backs on us. It was really tough. It was like we were going out there doing a good thing for the country, being fucking ambassadors for something more than apartheid, you know what I mean? And all we got was fucking closed doors. The SAMAs wouldn’t let us enter our albums because we were no longer South African. I could not if I phoned myself get an interview with anybody….

Watch Shaun Morgan unplugged
- Live At Kirstenbosch: rocking broadband

And an extra text quickie for hardcore fans
On "FYLYHM" It’s about being in those relationships where you’ve got nothing going and you’re banging each other and it is fun. And that part of it’s good, but there’s also the “I hate your guts” you know? The sense of humour part gets so lost in rock ‘n roll as well…. Funny enough with a song like "FYLYHM" most girls will come up to me and say they identify with it.

On fashionably retro post-punk revivalists
I just think the musicians that often do that kind of stuff are just so pretentious. That annoys me. Where it’s like “yeah man, I’m so out there”. No you’re not. You’re a fucking rich kid from the suburbs and you grew up in squalor – lick my balls! She Wants Revenge is a band I could not stand because I knew the singer used to be a rapper. And then the rap thing didn’t work out so he started doing this like "oh, I’m so shoegazey. Oh, look at my voice, oh!" It’s a piss take probably. The guy takes himself really seriously. He thinks he’s the shit….then you’ve got bands like Aerosmith who just do what they do, man. They don’t give a shit. They don’t make any excuses and it is fun.

On the future
I’m gravitating more towards songs. It’s easy to write stuff that’s heavy…angry…fast riffs and stuff. But I want to do an album that’s real mellow, but exploring the shit I’ve been through. Especially like losing my brother because that’s a whole different thing for me. This is not breaking up and being treated like shit by somebody. This is fucking losing your best friend! So it’s almost like I need to get that out of my system next, you know what I mean?

- Miles Keylock

He’s the tonsil-toasting axe man behind the only South African rock band to score a pair of Billboard Top 10 albums. He's performed live on stage with legendary Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. He even used to date alt. rock siren Amy Lee who infamously penned a hit song about him called "Call Me When You’re Sober". Who are we talking about? Seether’s fabulously f**ked up front man, Shaun Morgan, of course. We speak to South Africa’s only bona fide rock star about his search for meaning beyond

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