In 2006 I was living in a crappy maisonnette with my violent ex fiance when we met a guy who was a friend of a friend who turned out to be in as much trouble as I was. This guy and I ended up meeting twice a week so that I could go with him to rehab which was partly an excuse to hang out. At the time I was mostly listening to Tori Amos and Evanescence (The Open Door) on a loop as things had gotten very bad and looping music is how I handle those times. I was given a copy of Disclaimer 2 and this was the first time I’d heard of Seether. My friend said to give it a try because there was a duet with Amy Lee on it. Actually it turned out to be a different song I became hooked on, one called Driven Under. I’d be sat in the bath listening to it and wondering what the hell to do with myself and how I was going to escape.
This went on for a couple of months before I managed to get away from my ex and after only a couple of days I began seeing the guy I’d been meeting up with… and things went from there.
In 2008, a friend died in an accident, as usual I found a song that I will forever associate with this - Sympathetic.
We finally got to see Seether play in 2009, they were supporting Staind and were very very good, I think it was then that I really got passionate about the band.
Andy and I got married in 2011, we had no music (and no people either lol) but my theme song for this time is Tonight. Thank Goodness Seether produced a happy song for my marriage.
In 2012, I was able to see Seether twice. The first time they were supporting another band and didn’t seem that thrilled to be playing. We took my mum to both of these gigs which was an interesting experience.
In the middle of these 2 gigs, I went out and got my tattoo. It’s of my black cat, Jupiter, and the Seether song Rise Above This. I chose to use Jupiter over the other 3 kitties because I work in cat rescue and black cats are very hard to home. I’m doing a little advertising for them. Rise Above This is my favourite song and whenever life is difficult it’s a reminder for me to keep going. This picture is from before it was finished but I have yet to get around to taking another.
On November 5th we went to see the most special gig I’ve ever been to. I think it was even more important than the first Manics gig I went to in 1996 - I was a HUGE fan of them for quite a few years. Seether played at Union Chapel in London and I was lucky enough to get tickets as an early Christmas gift from my husband. He has only been driving for a year but drove me all the way down to London from Yorkshire and then into London itself. I was gripping the door handle with 2 hands at one point as it was quite scary.
The concert was amazing, for once I got to sit down without asking for disabled seats and had a brilliant view. (Pews are not comfy though and I do not miss sitting in churches!) The set was acoustic and they even had a cellist for a few songs. I’m a sucker for strings thanks to the Manics. I never thought I’d get to see Sympathetic played live or Pass Slowly. (Pass Slowly is my song for last summer; a friend died of cancer and I never got to say goodbye.) Dale got absolutely plastered and I don’t think the chapel people were too impressed, he sort of reminded me of my estranged brother who was also usually drunk at inappropriate times. I’m hoping Dale isn’t an arsehole though.
So now I’m left wondering when they will be back and hoping it won’t be a very long wait.