Sevendust open up about making new album All I See Is War
Georgia hard rockers Sevendust are celebrating their 24th year in business with a brand new studio album, a brutal new collection named All I See Is War.
We spoke to frontman Lajon Witherspoon about the making of the new album and how hard it is to choose a setlist when you've got 12 records to sort through...
When did you start putting together the songs for All I See Is War?
"We working on ideas the whole time, but really started getting into it in the Autumn of 2017."
How did you want the album to move on from what you did on Kill The Flaw?
"We wanted this record to be bigger. It gave us chance to work with Elvis (producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette), which I was looking forward to. I couldn’t wait to see what he would bring to the band and I think it was incredible what he did."
We’ve read in interviews you had 60 songs to choose from for this record, how did you decide which ones would make the album?
"We made the decision on which songs would make the album really just based on how we all felt about the songs. The ones that gave us the strongest vibes are the ones that we picked."
You made the album with Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette after self-producing your last three records, why did you decide on him and why did you want to bring in an outside producer for this album?
"I have always wanted to work with Elvis, for many years now. We finally got the opportunity and it was great that we finally got to make it happen! As a vocalist particularly, it was an incredible experience to work with him."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Do you think there’s a theme running through it?
"I think like every album we make, we talk about things that are going on in the world and in our lives. We always make music that contains realness to it and the title All I See Is War is not only the title but it’s talked about on this album. I feel like these lyrics are deep because we are talking about what is going on in the world today."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right? And which came together most quickly?
"The song 'Cheers' was the one that took us the longest to get right. The first single 'Dirty' came together quickly. There were several others but that one definitely stands out because it became the first single."
When did you settle on All I See Is War for the title? Were any other titles in contention?
"At the very of the recording sessions, we decided on All I See Is War. There were other titles we considered but we felt that one was the best for the whole of the album."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"As songs become available, we plan to play them all. Once the album hits, we will dig deeper into it, but for right now we will, of course, play 'Dirty' and possibly 'Not Original'. We will see what the second single is too and I am sure we will add that as well. We have some U.S. tour dates already lined up and are working on getting back over to the U.K./Europe as soon as we can."
You’ve got 12 albums to choose from now, how will you go about choosing what you put in your live set?
"It is a lot of looking at each other and deciding yay or nay on which ones make the cut as a band. We then finally come to some type of happy medium but it is always fun when you have so much material to choose from. It is always funny to watch us try and put a set list together!"