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Sevendust

I’m sure you remember the fact that many members of PEV’s staff are former (or current) professional wrestlers. And if you know anything about pro wrestlers… you know they get amped up before they hit the ring. How so? Pushups. Some screaming. And of course, music. And if I could pick one band to listen to before a match forever… it would definitely be Sevendust. Sevendust sweats testosterone – grabbing your ear drum in one hand and putting a sub-woofer up to it with the other. Songs like “Praise” and “Enemy” are the essence of hype sounds – the kind of shit you drive fast and kick ass to.

And Sevendust, being around now for over 15 years (I’ve been headbanging to them since high school) is definitely on board with this mentality. Just watch them live – they say “we don’t bullshit on stage – we put it down for real.” We had the pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite bands through guitarist Clint Lowery, who joined Morgan Rose, Vincent Hornsby, John Connolly and Lajon Witherspoon so many years ago in Atlanta about his experience making the latest (and 8th) Sevendust record, “Cold Day Memory”. Lowery says “It was different for me because I was gone for three records. I’m not married; I don’t have any kids so I was really involved in everything. I really wanted to make a statement coming back to the band; I really had something to prove and had a chip on my shoulder about it… getting back with someone you haven’t been with for a long time – there’s that new energy.”

“Cold Day Memory” has been on our radar for some time – something new to blare through the locker room or push out another rep to. Clint says over the album: “If you’re a Sevendust fan from A-Z, then you’re gonna like this record. There’s a lot of heavy and there’s a lot of melody in our stuff and a lot of different voicings. I’ll say that I think it’s the best album we’ve done; a lot of bands saw that about their most recent albums, but I really believe it.” I don’t need to tell you… but download “Cold Day Memory” ASAP. It’ll be on iTunes within the next few days. Sevendust will out in support this summer, so check out their tour schedule and don’t be a wuss. There’s a whole lot more with Sevendust below, so keep reading for the answers to the XXQ’s. 

XXQ’s: Sevendust 

PEV: The band has been together since 1995, and while you took a break from the band – that is quite an accomplishment on this scene. How do you guys do it?  

Clint Lowery (CL): Well, I could think of worse jobs (laughing). It’s something we love to do – it enables us to make music for a living. We love it. It’s not easy all the time but it’s not so hard that we can’t pull our shit together. We love doing this and love our fans and as long as they’re coming out, we’re gonna keep doing it.  

PEV: How did the band come together?  

CL: We were all in different bands in Atlanta and Morgan (Rose) and Vinny (Hornsby) talked about putting a band together with people that could play well and everyone got along with. It was something that we started from that Atlanta music scene with Morgan hand-picking some people. At first it was Morgan and Vinny and then they got John and Lajon and then they got rid of another guitar player and brought me in.  

PEV: What kind of music were you listening to growing up?   

CL: I listened to everything man; metal of all kinds: Judas Priest, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer. I got into some weird stuff like Peter Gabriel, The Police and U2. I was mainly a metal kind, but I never put up a resistance to any music – there’s so much cool shit, especially when it comes to the guitar. I mean, to not listen to someone like The Edge just because it’s not Metal enough, doesn’t make sense. There’s a lot of technique.  

PEV: Tell us about your creative process… What kind of environment do you have to be in to make music? 

CL: It was different for me because I was gone for three records. I’m not married, I don’t have any kids so I was really involved in everything. I really wanted to make a statement coming back to the band; I really had something to prove and had a chip on my shoulder about it. I worked really hard on it. You know, we missed each other, so we kind of had that rekindling or whatever you wanna call it (laughing). Like getting back with someone you haven’t been with for a long time – there’s that new energy.  

PEV: “Cold Day Memory” is out in a couple days – what should fans expect from this? 

CL: If you’re a Sevendust fan from A-Z, then you’re gonna like this record. There’s a lot of heavy and there’s a lot of melody in our stuff and a lot of different voicings. I’ll say that I think it’s the best album we’ve done; a lot of bands say that about their most recent albums, but I really believe it. From A-Z, not one filler song – they all have an important message. I really believe it… I think it’s a good body of work.  

PEV: You probably don’t know this, but a lot of the guys who work for PEV met in professional wrestling. As wrestlers, we use Sevendust music all of the time. Have you done side projects in sports of any sort?  

CL: We like being connected to anything like sports or military – that’s kind of the demographic we go for. We like being attached to that. We’ve done a couple things like athletes coming out to our songs and we have a lot of friends who play professional sports and we like being tied to that. We’ve played sporting events and stuff like that too.  

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Sevendust show? 

CL: Our show is very raw and very in your face. We don’t just stand there – there’s a lot of activity. We pride ourselves on our live show and we always have. We make a living doing our live show, so we don’t bullshit on stage – we put it down for real.  
 
PEV: Got any good stories from playing on the road?

 
CL: There’s so many man – I mean, we’ve been on the road for 12, 13 some odd years. There are all kinds of stories… I’ve been arrested. We’ve had arrests, we’ve had run-ins with all kinds of different people, we’ve had tragedies. In all that time, a lot happens. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian band or whatever, if you’re playing on the road, you’re gonna see it all.  

PEV: Do you have a dream city that you’d like to play in? 

CL: I don’t know… well, I’d love to get to Japan. We’ve been to Australia, Europe, but never been to there. I feel like I’ve been everywhere else.  

PEV: What can we find the each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music? 

CL: I have a lot of family so I’m more connected with them. I run a lot. I’m a big runner. I go on these big runs every now and then when I get the chance.  

PEV: Any marathons?   

CL: Nah, I might do something down the road here, but I just like getting out and getting some oxygen in my lungs out here on the road.  

PEV: Is there one artist or group out there that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

CL: I’ve gotten to play with amazing guys – I’ve played the guitar all my life so I can just about jam with anyone. I jammed with Steve Vai and I’ve jammed with Dimebag Darrell – that was just incredible. After jamming with him, I dunno. I’ve met Eddie Van Halen and his son Wolfie and hung out but never jammed with them. That’s pretty close to as good as it gets. I got to meet Dime… and that pretty much sums it up. There are a lot of people out there right now that are amazing, but nothing really blowing me away.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for?

CL: There’s another Atlanta band, Norma Jean that I’ve really been listening to. I’m just getting into them and figuring out what they’re all about, and since they’re in Atlanta I was able to meet them. I love it man, it’s cool. Their messages are pretty deep.

PEV: What's one thing we'd be surprised to hear about Sevendust? 

CL: I don’t know man… not off the top of my head. Everyone knows about us – we’re pretty much all out there. Uou might be surprised at what we listen to. Not exactly all metal stuff. But we’re not all that mysterious.  

PEV: So, what is next for Sevendust?

 
CL: We’re doing a tour with Shinedown over the summer and then we’re piecing other tours together, so we’ll definitely hit up everybody.

 

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