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    Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:31:20

    Staind Remember Their First Show Together, the "Clown" in Nightstick, talks "Machine Gun Preacher", Writing "Failing" and Fan Letters - Staind's Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok recall their first show together, playing with Nightstick, talk "Machine Gun Preacher", writing "Failing" and so much more with ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino...

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    • Staind - BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 14: Singer Aaron Lewis of the band Staind performs live during a concert at the Huxleys on October 14, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
    • Staind - In some ways, Staind's triumphant set at "Epicenter 2011" is emblematic of their journey. They were never into press posturing, awards show bullshit, or trying to be something they're not. They write timeless songs like "Eyes Wide Open", "Spleen", "Mudshovel", and "Something to Remind You" and kick teeth in when they hit stage. Isn't that everything a hard rock band should do? Well, they do it better than anyone… - Rick Florino
    • Staind - In some ways, Staind's triumphant set at "Epicenter 2011" is emblematic of their journey. They were never into press posturing, awards show bullshit, or trying to be something they're not. They write timeless songs like "Eyes Wide Open", "Spleen", "Mudshovel", and "Something to Remind You" and kick teeth in when they hit stage. Isn't that everything a hard rock band should do? Well, they do it better than anyone… - Rick Florino

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    "I have pretty much gotten a letter telling me everything," says Staind singer Aaron Lewis with a smile. "I feel good about the fact that I've taken a bunch of pain, discomfort, and shit in my life and painted musical pictures that helped so many others inadvertently through the shit in their lives."

    Staind have resonated with millions of fans since their breakthrough second album, Dysfunction, in 1999. In fact, it's because Lewis has always been so honest that the band cultivated one of the most diehard fan bases in all of music. Lewis remains open, and the listeners can do the same. That's the true magic of Staind. Underneath Mike Mushok's flood of distortion, Johnny April's rumbling bass, and Lewis's visceral scream, there's an undeniable catharsis.

    You can feel it most prevalently on the band's seventh self-titled studio album. Staind stands out as the ultimate offering from these three individuals. Not only does it brandish the brutality of their earliest work, the songwriting is unparalleled by any other hard rock band. Just take one listen, and it won't leave your playlist.

    In honor of this work of art, ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino sat down with Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok for an exclusive video interview.

    Together, they turned back the clock and recalled their first show together, rocking with "the clown" from Nightstick, composing "Failing", fan letters, and discussed why The Hangover rules after the 300th viewing. Lewis also mentions wanting to see Machine Gun Preacher and going riding in Sturgis

    Watch it below!



    Rick Florino
    10.03.11


    Have you heard the band's latest album yet? What's your favorite Staind record?

    See our review of Staind here!

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