Guitarist McLawhorn says “personal friction with another member” forced him to leave South African outfit ahead of new album release

Seether

Seething: McLawhorn, left, has problems with one of the others

Seether guitarist Troy McLawhorn says he didn’t want to quit the band – but he had no choice due to “personal friction” with one of the other members.

The South African post-grunge outfit announced McLawhorn’s decision at the beginning of this month but original statements were neutral, simply referring to “other interests.”

On March 8 the band said: “We regret to inform you guys that Troy has decided to leave. We wish him well in whatever he decides to do in the future, and we look forward to seeing all our fans out on the road.”

Former Evanescence guitarist McLawhorn himself said: “Thanks for all the support – I really enjoyed playing and creating music with the guys and I wish I didn’t have to leave. It was a hard decision and I wish them the best.”

But now he’s has made a more forthcoming statement explaining: “I won’t be at any of the upcoming Seether shows because I have put in my notice that I’m leaving the band.

“I wish I could stay – but because of personal friction with another member I have to leave for my own happiness. I hope everyone understands.

“Thanks, and do what makes you happy.”

Seether’s new album Hold On to Strings Better Left to Fray is due out in May. The band describe it as “the heaviest thing we’ve ever done” and say they’ve decided to remain a three-piece act for the foreseeable future.

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