Seether frontman Shaun Morgan appeared on BBC Radio and reflected on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s powerful impact on his journey as a musician.
Seether was formed in 1999, but they first performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002. The band was originally formed in South Africa, but when they moved to the United States, they changed the name to Seether. They have released eight studio albums and have won various awards, including MTV Africa Music Awards, and entered the Billboard charts.
Seether’s eighth and latest studio album, ‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,’ was released on August 28, 2020. Shaun Morgan, the lead singer and guitarist of the band, had stated before that this album is his favorite one as it includes very powerful songs. He had also said that what the world went through during the pandemic inspired him during his songwriting process.
During the interview on BBC Radio, Shaun Morgan was asked about who he considers his rock god, and he directly answered it without any hesitation. It is known from his previous interviews that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana have heavily inspired Morgan. In 2014, he had said in an interview that performing with the surviving members of Nirvana is his childhood dream, and it would be great if he had such an opportunity.
On BBC Radio, Shaun Morgan explained that he first listened to Nirvana with their ‘Nevermind’ album, and the tracks blew his mind as a teenager. He listened to it repeatedly and then decided to buy a guitar and learn how to play. Shaun then expressed his admiration for Nirvana and Cobain and talked about how tragic Cobain’s death was for him.
Here is Shaun organ’s answer on his rock god:
“I first heard of Nirvana in 1993 because growing up in South Africa, there were sanctions against the country up until ’92, so a lot of American music didn’t make it through to us. But a friend of mine’s parents had been to England and they brought me the CD one day, and there was this naked baby on the front.
I went home and put it on and immediately fell in love with the opening to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and felt this real ethereal visceral rage that was being spoken about for me.
Kurt’s voice, the anger with which he played, the lyrics that he wrote all spoke to me as a teenager, and it was perfectly timed with my teenage self and my father not getting on very well. I felt like Kurt’s music was speaking for me.
I immediately listened to the CD from start to finish, and I think I put it on repeat and it must have played 10 or 12 times ’til I eventually fell asleep that night. The very next day, I went to school, and I asked the kid who gave me the CD if I could keep it for a while. And then I said, ‘OK, now I need to find a guitar.'”
Then he continued by saying:
“I went and bought myself my first guitar and immediately started teaching myself how to play. After I learned how to play ‘Polly’ through a friend of mine who taught me to play, I started teaching myself the rest of the album, just kind of fumbling about, trying to figure out how to play guitar at the same time.
That music was so powerful to me as a child that I didn’t feel like I was alone anymore – ’cause we lived out on a farm and my brother was a bit younger, my parents and I weren’t getting on very well, I wasn’t particularly popular at school.
It felt to me like somebody had my back. And I’d always spent my childhood wishing I had an older brother, so it kind of fit the whole picture for me. And I was a fan for a really long time of the band, right up until Kurt died. I remember when he died, I was about 16, and it was a traumatic experience for me.
I really felt like I had lost a friend and a voice. For all those reasons and for being the inspiration for me to pick up a guitar and become a musician, Kurt Cobain was, at the time, my rock god.”
You can listen to the interview on the radio below.