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The band Staind has had the current line-up since 11/24/95. We put out a self-released CD on 11/29/96. The 1st CD party was an overwhelmingly great success with over 900 people in attendance. We sold more than 200 CDs that night. During the next year, we sold more than 2000 CDs while playing gigs throughout New England with bands such as: Honkeyball, Shed, Kilgore, GWAR, Far and God Lives Under Water.
The band's big break came October 23, 1997 when Staind performed with the band Limp Bizkit at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT.
The story begins approximately 20 minutes before we were supposed to perform. Fred Durst, the singer for Limp Bizkit, approached Aaron, our singer, and me with a copy of our CD in his hand. Someone had given it to him, which was fine, except Fred thought we were Satan worshippers due to the nature of our cover art. Of course we weren't, but they tried to have us kicked off the bill. Fred and I exchanged words. Then, he took our CD and threw it across the table; he wanted nothing to do with us -so much for our big break. Well, at least until Fred saw our show!
After our set, Fred approached us and said we were the the best band he had seen in 2 years." Also, he said that he was starting a production company and wanted to work with us. We exchanged phone numbers and then went our separate ways.
At the time, we were in the studio making a demo with 4 new songs. I tried to reach Fred, but I was unsuccessful due to their busy touring schedule. I found out that Limp Bizkit was opening for the Deftones outside of Boston, the night before Thanksgiving 1997. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give Fred a copy of our new tunes, so the band and I drove up to see the show.
We went to Limp Bizkit's bus and knocked on the door, where we met up with DJ Lethal -Fred was busy elsewhere. We gave Lee a couple of tapes with the new tunes, then went to see the show (WHICH ROCKED). We tried to find Fred, but were not successful.
That night I went home and went to bed. Around 2 a.m., my phone rang –it was Fred. He LOVED the new songs and wanted us to go to Jacksonville, FL (Jax) to work with us on our material. After a few phone conversations, we decided that we would leave the day after X-mas. We would stay at Fred's house and play a show with the Limp Bizkit at the Milkbar in Jax on January 4, 1998. We had a gig the day after X-mas. After the show, we loaded the van and trailer and headed to Jax
We almost made it, but our van broke down 1000 feet from the Florida state line. We had it towed to Fred's house and started work the very next day.
Fred played an integral part in helping us to develop our sound. Aaron, our singer, has an amazing voice and Fred helped to bring that out. We had a lot of screaming parts in our songs. Fred said, "Man, you can sing, why don't you do that more?" The trip was very productive because we reworked 4 of our songs and played a KILLER sold out show in their hometown of Jax.
While there, Fred contacted Jordan Schur, the President of Flip Records. Fred told Jordan about us and within a week of leaving Jacksonville, we were on a plane to L.A. where we met Jordan and recorded a 3 song sampler.
We recorded "A Flat," "Suffocate" and one of Aaron's acoustic tracks "Black Rain" at Sound City Studios with Fred and Lethal producing. By February 1998, we had signed to Flip Records. Jordan did our project as a joint venture with Elektra Records in the Spring of 1998.
During this time, we were to play some shows with Limp Bizkit, Sevendust and Clutch -all of which went great! In April, we went back to Jax and worked with Fred on
some more tunes.
By June of 1998, we were working closely with our management company, The Firm, who also managed Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube and Orgy. We were then able to persuade Terry Date (The Deftones Pantera, Sound Garden, White Zombie) to produce our 1st album. On August 1, 1998 (the day after we played the Warped Tour in Northampton, MA) we flew to Seattle to record at Studio Litho (Pearl Jam's Studio.) During early October, the album was mixed at Studio X (the old Bad Animals) in Seattle.
This brings us to the present. Currently, we are playing shows here and there, while we wait for the release of our 1st major label release Dysfunction. The album is scheduled for release on April 13th, 1999. Look for us to start touring with Kid Rock in the Spring, and Limp Bizkit in the summer.
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THE BEST BAND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Ian | 5/27/10
STAIND IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are the best band in the whole world they are like so cool that if they stopped playing i would literally kill myself because they aren't playing anymore so Staind i hope you guys live long and strong!! KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ROCK GODS ALWAYZ... | Reviewer: Athina | 7/10/09
Staind is by far my favourite band!! I still remember the first time i ever heard them on my radio at 4:30 in the morning just lying on my bed trying to get to sleep and just the first few notes of the song hit me like a speeding bus! The song was its been a while, I knew from that moment on they were the best no matter what other people say or think of them! Its been a while made me go crazy, i was jumping on my bed up and down like a crazy person just thinking FINALLY a song that relates to me perfect! I listen to that track everyday and can never, ever get sick of it!! Its even better than the rock ballards November Rain and Knock on heavens door by Guns N Roses. When Aaron Lewis sang its been a while, i knew exactly what he was thinking and remanising when he wrote it. To the band STAIND rock on and live on! Dont listen to anyone who tells you to change or how to write your music, its not what they think, its what you guys think! Keep at what yous do best... and that's being Staind!! xx
their time has passed | Reviewer: ben | 11/23/08
staind's new album the illusion of progress has some pretty good material on it. the problem is that alot of it sounds the same. most of the songs are midtempo power ballad type songs. i think if staind had written some heavier faster stuff to counteract the ballads illusion would have been a better album. staind's had alot of trouble i think in being able to make a good album. break the cycle is the one exception, that album characterizes everything good about staind. aaron lewis has i think gotten more artistic as a lyricist since that album but staind because they arent different in any glaring way needs the brutal honesty that aaron brought to earlier material.staind has still had some good songs since break the cycle, like so far away, beleive, right here and falling. overall though i think that staind's time has passed. aaron doesnt have the demons to excorcise that made the early stuff great, so there really isnt too much left to get excited about when it comes to staind.
AWSOME!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/22/08
staind is the kind of band that sucks you in like a magnet and continues to achieve that at a greater level as their albums keep producing. Aaron and his band are not musicians, they are artist. . Their albums are way more valuable than a picaso painting, i think. . . keep it up, you guys ROCK
Staind | Reviewer: FaN | 8/10/08
I think you guys are forgetting that Aaron has grown up, he has different things to say to people now. He has three daughters and a wife, so in turn he won't be writing anything in the way of the songs Open Your Eyes and For You. I still give Staind MAJOR props because through all of it, whether the music is "softer" or "raw" they still kick ass and the lyrics are in another world in themselves, just beautiful. So for all of you wanting heavier stuff with tormented lyrics behind it, listen to older albums, get your fill with that, because now everyone has grown up and has a new things to say. STAIND IS AMAZING, I love them no matter what they put out, cause it's not about loving one song to death, it's about loving one band, as a whole, to death. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM!!
Never Forgotten | Reviewer: Corey Rinker | 5/8/08
I just wanna say that this band is the best group of musicians in the world in my eyes. They can play a variety of good quality music with lyrics that make you feel that someone else understands in the world, along with the music that helps create the emotion and feeling of the song. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the rest of the world. It helps some make it through the day.
Rock on guys | Reviewer: Cory | 2/27/08
All that Staind has done so far has been amazing, there changing as the years go by, and it's not a bad thing, Aarons voice just keeps getting better and stronger, and his lyrics keep getting more meaningful..you couldent get a better song then "Home", and his remake live of pearl jams "black".. it drives me nuts... Love you guys, can't wait to see them soon
they need to get back to where they were in 2001 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/08
staind was good early on with dysfunction and break the cycle those albums are amazing but their last two albums were awful. 14 shades of gray the title sums it up they got too generic i confused them with nickelback when i first heard so far away also they got too happy but thats what happens when your tortured inspiration runs out. chapter v was too soft. staind wasnt built for the longterm. im hoping their next album is heavier and that they can strike a nerve with their fans emotions aaron doesnt neccessarily have to be personal actually he shouldnt be cuz that was one of the things that ruined their last two albums aaron needs to tackle stuff that is personal to everyone. thats what staind needs to do to get back to where they were in 2001.
staind | Reviewer: Anonymous... South Africa | 11/2/07
staind is definitely one of my favourites.i first heard their stuff when i was thirteen,loved the band ever since.aaron lewis has an AMAZING voice,the lyrics are really meaningful and emotive.aaron,jon,mike,johnny... thank you for the music
staind rules | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/18/07
i love staind. songs like home or fade i can totally relate to those songs. aaron lewis is an awesome singer. you guys are amazing.
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