As Sevendust rolled through the Pacific Northwest in early March, I had a chance to watch the Atlanta, Georgia based band on tour with Drowning Pool. While the band tore through their set one could almost feel the change in the band’s vibe: Clint Lowry had come home. After five years away from his brethren in Sevendust, the prodigal guitarist returned to the fold last year in time to record the band’s eighth studio album, Cold Day Memory. The new album will be released on April 20th through 7Bros./Asylum, and it will be Clint’s first album with the band since 2003’s Seasons.
In the interim, Clint worked with his brother Corey in Dark New Day, while Sonny Mayo (Snot) kept his amp warm in Sevendust. In his absence the band scrabbled through some difficult times with a bad record company and extreme financial woes. So when Clint returned to the band he came back with high self-expectations. “I was just dead set on busting my ass for this record,” Clint confided, “Everyone’s been so cool since I’ve been back, the guys allowed me a lot of space to work, since they had done three records while I was gone.”
You can hear Clint’s excitement as he talks about Cold Day Memory. “We definitely came in with a little bit of a game plan. We just wanted to really capture what we are. The songs that were heavy, we wanted to really make them heavy and meaningful, and the songs that have melody to them we wanted to really do some good melodies. The thing that separates us from other bands is that we can sing and we can have all these really cool harmonies on top of a metal canvas.”
Clint confessed the time apart gave him some fresh perspective on the band. “Coming in I got the opportunity to kind of be outside of the band for awhile and see what the strong points were and bring that back to the table. You know when you’re gone from something you really love, you really appreciate all the good things and you know, that’s what I do now–I appreciate what this band is and what we’re capable of doing. I had to remind these guys what we have. I think when you’re doing it for so long, you kind of lose touch of that. We’re still a force to be reckoned with.”
For the first time in several albums the band opted not to use Shawn Grove as producer, and instead tapped Johnny K. (Airborne, Disturbed, 3 Doors Down). “We recorded it in Chicago at Green Master Studios,” said Lowry. “It was a hard experience to get through, but it was really good. We really put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do this record and I feel that we’ve got twelve songs that are pretty strong and very pertinent to Sevendust.
You could almost hear a little pain in the guitarist’s voice as he talked about working with a new producer. “It was different with Johnny, he’s a lot slower.” Clint said. “He likes to take the time and pick things apart, piece it together slowly and we’re used to kind of doing a quicker thing. We like to get the songs recorded, see what we got and then change it later. He likes to build it a little slower, so we needed to get used to his rhythm of doing things.”
Hear the complete interview below: