Did Seether intentionally rip off Brand New’s “Daisy” for their new single?

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South African faux-grunge trio Seether have been accused of many things throughout their career—not being a very good band is at the top of that list—but most interesting to us is an accusation of plagiarism. A number of people who heard Seether’s 2015 single “Nobody Praying For Me” from Isolate And Medicate have noticed it shares more than a passing resemblance toward the title track from Brand New’s 2009 album Daisy, both musically and lyrically—especially lyrically. Here’s the first verse of “Nobody Praying For Me”:

I’m a whisper lost upon wind
I’m the ember that will burn you down
I’m the water that will drown you
I’m a star that’s just a black hole now
I’m a terrifying danger
I’m a fruit decaying on the ground
I’m a swallower of anger
I’m the tree that falls that makes no sound

Now, compare it to the first verse of “Daisy”:

I’m a mountain that has been moved
I’m a river that is all dried up
I’m an ocean nothing floats on
I’m a sky that nothing wants to fly in
I’m a sun that doesn’t burn hot
I’m a moon that never shows its face
I’m a mouth that doesn’t smile
I’m a word that no one ever wants to say

The phrasing is nearly identical syllabically, and the lyrical content is practically a mirror image. Still need more convincing? Listen to the way Seether frontman Shaun Morgan sings his verse (WARNING: By pressing play, you are willingly listening to Seether):

Now compare it to Jesse Lacey singing the verse of “Daisy”:

The vocal inflection is nearly identical, only Morgan speeds his phrasing up and sings it about a half-step up from Lacey’s starting note.

But what are the odds Seether have even heard of Brand New? Well, here’s where it gets interesting:  In an interview with Gibson from 2011, Morgan names Daisy as one of his favorite rock albums. Then, just yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Morgan named Brand New as one of his favorite bands. But here’s the real smoking gun: On a Spotify playlist titled “Songs We Wish We Wrote,” Seether included Brand New’s “At The Bottom” from—you guessed it—Daisy. If that doesn’t convince you, I’m not sure what will.

Of course, the real question is what does Seether say about the plagiarism accusation? Well, in that very same Reddit AMA from yesterday, Morgan was asked, “Shaun, why did Seether straight rip off that Brand New song?” Morgan’s response, and I am not making this up:

“Because we are not creative or intelligent enough to write our own music, of course.”

Sarcasm is a defense mechanism for the guilty, Shaun. Now someone tell Jesse Lacey to call his lawyer.