Many nü-metal bands have disowned the genre in recent years. However, Sevendust's frontman Lajon Witherspoon seems proud of his band's nü-metal roots and is excited to see the genre make a comeback.
In a recent interview with the WSOU 89.5 FM radio station, Witherspoon spoke out about the current nü-metal resurgence and expressed his personal views about Sevendust being labeled as a nü-metal band.
"All right, so, listen, I don't know who made that word up. I think it's amazing that you can just make up a word and all of a sudden you have a big following of people that are like, 'Yeah.' But I would rather be 'nü-metal' than 'old metal.' So with that being said, I feel like we were put in that era because we were in it, but it's fine.”
"I feel like we're a rock and roll, soulful rock band, metal band, soulful metal band, whatever you wanna call it — I don't know — nü-metal. It's funny. I don't mind being in that category because I feel it's awesome that music is resurging and we're not letting a movement get away from us and get so far away that we don't even like it or listen to it anymore.” Lajoon added.
“I think it's a beautiful thing that it's coming back around. These bands have a chance to share that music and that energy, and maybe that's what we need right now, to have those types of memories back in our lives, to build it back up to that good feeling, and if that's what it takes, man, I'm behind it.”
Witherspoon also revealed that he was recently offered to host a nü-metal show in Texas. "I'm, like, 'What does that mean?'" And I was told: "Oh yeah, man. You'll be the DJ, and you'll get a setlist and you'll play all the nü-metal songs and even maybe sing over.' And I'm, like, 'Oh, I don't know. I'm not gonna sing over anyone's else song.' I said, 'It might be interesting if you pay me enough cash to do it.” he laughed.
Witherspoon went on to say that he's definitely behind the nü-metal movement. "Like we did the Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas in May, even though we only played 13 minutes and 28 seconds, because everything blew up, it was so hot. But to be amongst the Korn, Sister Of Mercy, Body Count was beside us at one point in time in the backstage area. I mean, everybody that you grew up listening to was there, and it was so cool to see that movement take charge like that. So I don't mind being nü-metal if that's what it is."