Farmington attracts 'DUST, again

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

SANTA FE, N.M., August 22, 2013

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Atlanta based rock band SEVENDUST will make another stop in Farmington, N.M on Aug. 24 before they take a break from touring.

I t's not often to get a major rock act back in a small town twice in the same year, but Farmington, N.M., get ready because SEVENDUST is back and ready to play.

SEVENDUST is a rock band out of Atlanta, Ga. and comprised of Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals).

SEVENDUST has been on tour since the beginning of the year with lineups that included Lacuna Coil and Coal Chamber. As their break approaches, the final stop will be Farmington.

SEVENDUST made its first appearance in Farmington with Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red on March 19.

"It's way out there," Witherspoon said joking about Farmington during a phone interview with the Times on Aug. 18, adding that the band is looking forward to playing in the area for the second time.

"I look forward to it. The energy was incredible and the crowd was great," Witherspoon said of the band's last experience in Farmington. "They had a lot of love for us and the music, and that's what it's all about. That's what keeps us going."

Their current tour is to support their new album, "Black Out the Sun."

"We're still a rock and roll band, but you can't help but mature. I think it shows in the music," Witherspoon said.

Now they write about their family as opposed to when they used to write about things that made them angry, or partying.

"Black out the Sun" is SEVENDUST's recent studio album, the ninth since the band's formation nearly 20 years ago.

"I always felt like this album was going to be dark," Witherspoon stated in the band's description of the new album. "It's darker, but it's lighter too. From the end to the beginning, you're able to tap into every emotion.

"As we get older, we see death more, but we also see life more with these babies we're having and our kids growing up. We're going through this transition of life and seeing the devastation and change in the world."

The first single from the album is "Decay."

"That song deals with what's going on around us," Witherspoon said in the description. "There is so much decay, but we're trying to get to a better place together. It's a hard-hitting track that really defines what SEVENDUST is."

Witherspoon said during the phone interview that SEVENDUST was in the studio for 30 days recording "Black Out the Sun."

With no music written or lyrics jotted down he said the band came in and worked from noon to midnight every day except for Saturdays.

"That's how we came up with 'Black out the Sun'. It's a great album all the way through."

SEVENDUST is being brought out my MB Entertainment, a company based out of Farmington that specializes in promotion, pro audio outfit and mobile DJ services.

SEVENDUST will be playing at Top Deck on Aug. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance.

Tickets can be purchased through, Copper Penny and McCain Mobile Audio in Farmington.

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