Seether is a South African post-grunge/alternative metal band founded in 1999 in Pretoria. The band was originally formed under the name “Saron Gas” until renaming it to “Seether” in 2002. They are currently working for Wind-up Records and Musketeer Records. Disclaimer is their original album and major label debut. They gained mainstream popularity in 2004 with the single “Broken” which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and have continued moderate success with #1 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart such as “Remedy”, “Fake It”, and “Country Song”.
The band was formed in 1999 under the name “Saron Gas”. In 2000, the band released an independent album called Fragile under their original name.
Rumor in South Africa has it that Seether was eventually forced by their record company to change their name from “Saron Gas” to “Seether” following the 9/11 attacks in the US.
In 2002, Seether launched their first official album, named Disclaimer, which earned the band three singles: “Fine Again”, “Driven Under” and “Gasoline”, in which only the first managed some repercussion. The year 2002 was very trendy for Seether. After the release of the Disclaimer, the band never stopped touring. When near the end of Disclaimer Tour, the band decided to return to the studio to record their second album, a project that had to be delayed by almost a year, since at that time Seether was on world tour with Evanescence. “Fine Again” is also in the video game Madden NFL 2003 and 1080 Avalanche.
Following the release of Disclaimer, the band toured continually in order to increase sales and name recognition. A planned second album was delayed for nearly a year when Seether was selected as the support act for an Evanescence worldwide tour. Seether reworked their acoustic ballad, “Broken”, as an electric ballad with guest vocals by Amy Lee of Evanescence. Favorable audience response led the band to record the revised version, with Lee on vocals. The track, along with a new song entitled “Sold Me”, was featured on the soundtrack for the 2004 film, The Punisher, and became a major success for the band, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. A romance developed between Lee and Morgan during this time.
Morgan has stated that the song is based on an incident in which the band was subjected to the wishes of the record company, rather than those of the band. An alternate version of the original album, with many of its songs remixed or rerecorded, was released in late 2004 and entitled Disclaimer II. The alternate version also featured eight extra tracks.