Sevendust takes an acoustic turn on its latest album

08/14/2014 2:12 PM

08/15/2014 2:11 PM

Note: Sevendust will be playing an electric show at its Sunday night concert at the Cotillion.

Sevendust is well known for its hard rock and metal sounds. But on their latest album, “Time Travelers and Bonfires,” the band is keeping it mellow.

Guitarist Clint Lowery says it’s about exploration for the band.

“We’re primarily a heavy-metal, hard-rock band, but we’ve had elements in the past that were more melodic driven,” he says. “We’ve done a lot of records – this is our 10th record – and we wanted to explore some different territory.

“We always showed the aggressive side. But we wanted to give fans something different.”

On “Time Travelers and Bonfires,” Sevendust put an acoustic spin on some of its classics – “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust” and “Crucified” – while also recording six new tunes, with the hope of them becoming classics.

The group reached out to fans for help deciding which classics to strip down.

“We did a poll and asked people to pick the top songs they wanted us to do acoustically,” Lowery says. “We applied that to our decision-making and it played out good. There were some songs we expected on there and some songs we didn’t.”

This isn’t Sevendust’s first acoustic project.

Its “South Side Double-Wide: Acoustic Live” album and tour were a decade ago.

“Fans were asking when were we going to do another acoustic tour,” he says. “We knew we would do it at some point. We enjoyed doing it, and we get a lot out of it.”

That’s especially true when it comes to Sevendust’s live shows. Lowery says fans can expect a relaxed, intimate, storytelling vibe on the acoustic tour.

Lajon Witherspoon “is really good at putting himself out there, explaining the songs,” Lowery says.

“Some songs are written about family members who’ve passed, relationships that have gone bad, or good. Some of the songs are more meaningful – personal. It depends on the mood he’s in.”

After this run, the band plugs in again, with acoustic projects here and there.

This is Lowery’s second go-round with Sevendust. Part of the group from its 1997 self-titled debut, he left in the mid-2000s to join Dark New Day, then returned in 2008.

“I have a new appreciation for what it is, what it means to me, what these guys mean to me on a friendship level and professional level,” he says. “Sometimes you have to step away to really appreciate what it is. It’s like a rebirth. We have our good and our bad days, but ultimately the break served a good purpose.”

If You Go

Sevendust

Special guests: Gemini Syndrome, Sidewise, Monks of Mellonwah

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg

Tickets: $21.50-$25, www.thecotillion.com, 316-722-4201

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