For fifteen years SEVENDUST has been kicking ass and taking names and now, with all the original members back together they’ve put out what just might be their best album to date. “Cold Day Memory” is the band’s eighth studio album. The album’s first single, “Unraveling”, has been one of the best received singles from the band in the last decade and the rest of the album is just as good. With a good mix of the heavy sound SEVENDUST is known for and a few ballads thrown in for good measure “Cold Day Memory” is a must have.
I had the pleasure of chatting with vocalist Lajon Witherspoon the other day about the album, the Carnival of Madness tour and SEVENDUST playing for our troops overseas. You can read the interview below. Carnival of Madness tour includes not only SEVENDUST but 10 YEAR, PUDDLE OF MUDD, CHEVELLE, and SHINEDOWN. Though technically not an official stop on the tour, all the Carnival of Madness bands will be playing at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie this coming Sunday, August 22nd. Don’t miss this show or my upcoming review!
Kelly: Is there a particular song off the new album that means more than the others?
Lajon: All the songs are really true to heart… stuff that we’ve been through really – ‘Splinter’, ‘Last Breath’ – all these songs – There’s one closer to the end that is my favorite – I can’t think right now – you know it’s all so new to me I love all of it. With an artist the latest stuff is the stuff they’re really proud of. Some people were all “Sevendust you gotta keep it heavy” and we did but we’re not afraid to let people know we’re not afraid to grow and put some ballads on there. We’re not mad at the world you know – we’ve got kids and wives – things are sometimes even cool. We’ve changed and grown up and I think – I don’t like to say fans – the family that has come along with us they understand what we’re doing. I’m very proud. I don’t have any angst against anyone in the industry. As long as you don’t ignore us I’m fine.
Kelly : You’ve been doing shows for the troops. How’s that been?
Lajon: It was a life changing experience. I wanted to enlist as soon as I got there. It changed my life. We said wherever there is war Sevendust would be there and sure enough we got a call to go to Iraq. We were really going to small hubs were you’d only see a few hundred soldiers and it was very scary – we’d have to fly in on Black Hawks. You’re in the middle of nowhere and everyone’s on full alert and they’re like hey Sevendust is here let’s jam. You know, but the looks and the appreciation that they have – they have no idea how little we do compared to those men and women for our country. It’s a life changing experience you know. I just got back from Korea like three weeks ago and each time we go it’s incredible. It’s so funny when you go to places like Korea and you run into people who are like ‘you know what man we saw you in Afghanistan’ or ‘we hung out with you in Iraq’ and the next thing you know at the end of the night you’ve got soldiers that you met along the years in the war in different countries. It’s the coolest feeling you can have. I can’t put my finger on it but it’s so cool to see this lady in Afghanistan in the middle of the show crying saying that “I saw you guys when I was in New Orleans at my house and I just landed in Korea and heard you guys were here and had to see you” and leaves the base without permission to come here and see us cuz we’re the closest thing she had to home. So you know that’s just a life changing experience.
Kelly: You’re on the Carnival of Madness tour. How’s that going?
Lajon: It’s great you know I love it cuz all the bands on it – you know Shinedown, our brothers, we’ve known forever, Puddle of Mud we’ve known, Chevelle we’ve known. It’s been the greatest and a blast and been really cool to play the earlier sets you know come out and jam and then get to go back and watch the other bands. We’ve had a good time you know, had a BBQ, everyone knows each other so it’s definitely been one of the better tours.
Kelly: What can fans expect from your set? Anything crazy?
Lajon: Naked clowns and um… no just kidding. We just play a hard set and we hope it’s emotional and magical and we just come out and bring it and hope people come out and have a good time and be a part of something that I think is a beautiful experience, music itself.
Kelly: After tour?
Lajon: Looks like we’re going to Australia and Europe for the big festivals
Kelly: Are you working on a new album yet or just focusing on the tour?
Lajon: I do a couple side things here and there but right now focused mainly on the tour.
Much thanks to Lajon for taking the time to talk with me. Be sure to check out SEVENDUST’s new album “Cold Day Memory” and get your tickets to Sunday’s show. And as always be smart and don’t get arrested for drinking and driving. Plan for a sober driver, take a taxi or use public transportation.