Aaron Lewis Says If Staind Decided To Record New Music “It Would Be Pretty Brutal”

Staind will be reuniting for the upcoming Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals, but the band currently don’t have any plans past those dates. However, during an appearance on “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon,” frontman Aaron Lewis was asked what new material from the group might sound like if they decided to enter the studio. He responded by saying the music “would be pretty brutal.”

Lewis said the following when asked if the upcoming reunion shows will lead to more activity in 2020:

“This is definitely, ‘Let’s just get together and play a few shows and see what happens.’ And 2020 is 2020. And we’ll see. I’ve made no commitments to anything. I just wanna kind of see how this couple of shows goes.”

He also added the following about his time away from the band:

“I needed the break. I definitely needed that break. And that break turned into these avenues. And the break went long enough to where I wouldn’t mind getting out there on stage with STAIND and playing some songs that we all wrote together a long time ago.”

He went on to say that touring was a major factor in Staind’s hiatus:

“I think that it was 13, 14 years of being away from home for 10 months out of the year and singing those songs. It was just a culmination of everything. And I’m ready to play some shows [with STAIND] again.”

Lewis also said the following about hypothetical new material from the band:

“I think that if we were to go into the studio and do anything, it would be pretty brutal. It would be continuing back to how heavy we were to begin with, when ‘It’s Been Awhile’ and ‘Outside’ and ‘So Far Away’ and songs like that, that were radio songs, confused everything. ‘Cause if you came and saw us at a show, the show was a hell of a lot heavier than most of the songs that you would hear on the radio. And I would have to say that it would be going back in the direction of just heavy… I think I’ve got some pent-up stuff that would probably flow out quite nicely over some of Mike’s heavy riffs.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Staind Discuss Their Return

Staind’s Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok were recently interviewed by Loudwire about their live return and future plans. As previously reported, the band are currently booked to perform at Louder Than Life on September 27.

Lewis said the following:

“It was just a matter of enough time having gone by. We decided that we were gonna put a couple shows on the books and just start there. Just kinda dip our toes and see what happens, and look at this from a distance.”

Mushok continued:

“The time was right for us to take these opportunities and start making music again. There’s some great festivals coming up that we’ve played before, and doing those again is something we’ve talked about for a long time. Aaron and I both felt it was a good time to get back together and start playing these songs again.”

When asked about the possibility of new music, both were noncommittal about the idea, but Mushok is hopeful:

“That would be kind of the next step. “Right now, it’s just one step at a time. I’d love for that to happen, and I’m very proud of the stuff that we’ve done, and I love writing with Aaron. It’s just such a different day. I’m happy that we’re even able to go out and play.”

Staind Appear To Be Teasing Their Return

Staind have posted a new teaser clip that seems to suggest that they are getting ready to make their return. The 17-second video has been posted on the band’s social media accounts with the caption “Stay tuned.” This news comes after frontman Aaron Lewis recently hinted at their return during a solo show.

Aaron Lewis Teases Staind’s Return

It looks like Staind may be getting ready to return from hiatus. Frontman Aaron Lewis teased the news during his March 9 show in Oklahoma City, OK. He said the following:

“So what if I told you that Staind is coming back next year? I might be lying, but I might not. There might even be live shows this year. I can’t say for sure. You never know.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Cuts Texas Show Short, Tells The Crowd “I Don’t Know How To Speak Spanish. I’m American”

Staind’s Aaron Lewis ended up cutting his February 2 show at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, TX short after being unable to quiet the crowd down. At one point, it was suggested that he try telling the audience to be quiet in Spanish, but he responded by saying: “I’m sorry. I don’t know how to speak Spanish. I’m American.”

Lewis said the following at first:

“I’m gonna try to do something different and special, but you’re not gonna hear it if you’re not quiet. No, you don’t understand — like fucking church! Quiet. I’m only gonna wait for so long, and then I’m just gonna say ‘good night.'”

After a few seconds, the singer continued:

“I don’t understand what you’re not getting. I know I have a microphone, so you can hear me. You’re not gonna hear the song unless it’s this quiet.”

After that, a woman in the crowd said “Tell them in Spanish,” while another man yelled “In español.”

The singer then responded by saying the following:

“I’m sorry. I don’t know how to speak Spanish. I’m American.”

He ultimately got angry after the audience refused to quiet down and decided just to end the show. The frontman simply said “thank you very much” and “have a great night,” before walking off the stage as everyone booed.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Aaron Lewis Says Staind “Haven’t Broken Up” But He Has “No Interest Or Creative Need To Go There Right Now”

Aaron Lewis was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, and was asked about the current status of Staind. The vocalist responded by saying the band is still together, but he just isn’t interested in doing anything with them right now, because he is focusing on his country career.


He said the following:

“We haven’t broken up. I have no interest or creative need to go there right now. I’m pretty focused on [country music] and I’m not going anywhere. This is what feels right at this point in my life. Do I think there’s room somewhere down the road for Staind to play shows in the summertime, radio festivals and stuff like that? Sure. Do I think I have another one of those [Staind] records in me? Of course I do. All I have to do is live.”

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Mike Mushok On Staind’s Future: “There’s No Real Plan For [Anything] Right Now”

Mike Mushok was recently interviewed by Mitch Lafon and was asked about the future of Staind. According to Mushok, the band still doesn’t have any plans for the foreseeable future. This isn’t too surprising though, considering Aaron Lewis solo country venture and Mushok’s dedication to Saint Asonia.

Mushok said the following:

“I remember in ’09, we stopped touring, and we did a record after that. We did the self-titled ‘Staind‘ record, which we did a little touring on. It was one of my favorite Staind records we had done. Aaron, I know, has another country record coming out in September. So, you know… we say we’re gonna do something else, but there’s no real plan for it right now. I know he’s pursuing that. And I know we’re [Saint Asonia] writing another record.”

He also added the following when asked if it was frustrating to to go on hiatus due to Lewis’ country career:

“Honestly, it was was a little frustrating, you know what I mean? But, listen… And people come to me, ‘Don’t you get mad? Aren’t you angry…?’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I can’t be. He has to be happy with what he wants to do.’ And if Aaron‘s not happy… No matter what I do, when I go to Aaron, I can’t go ‘Dude, we have all these offers. We’ve gotta play these shows.’ I can’t make him. And if I did make him, he’d resent me. And it wouldn’t be fun, and it wouldn’t be what they’re supposed to be.

So when the day comes that he decides, ‘Hey, man, let’s do this again,’ either I’ll be ready or I won’t. It’s either, ‘No, man, I’m doing this thing [Saint Asonia] now, because you had your thing,’ or we’ll be on a break, or whatever it is, and I’ll say, ‘Okay, we can do it.’ So I’m really just kind of playing it as it goes.”

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