MULTI-PLATINUM BAND STAIND ROLLS OUT NEW FLIP/ATLANTIC RELEASE THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS AUGUST 19; NEW SINGLE “BELIEVE” RELEASED TO RADIO AND iTUNES ON JUNE 24
STAIND’S WORLDWIDE SUMMER TOUR KICKS OFF JULY 4, INCLUDING DATES WITH 3 DOORS DOWN AND HINDER; INTERNATIONAL DATES WITH NICKELBACK
Multi-platinum band STAIND announces the much-anticipated release of THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS (Flip/Atlantic), available August 19. The first single, “Believe,” hits radio and iTunes June 24, followed by a worldwide summer tour kicking off July 4 in Muskegon, MI (with select solo dates) prior to joining the 3 Doors Down bill on July 9 in St. Louis, MO. STAIND will also tour internationally with Nickelback beginning September 8 in Cologne, Germany. THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS marks STAIND’S sixth album and is the follow-up to 2005’s certified platinum Chapter V. STAIND’S last three studio albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart, earning their place as one of the most successful rock bands of the new millennium. STAIND joins an elite shortlist of five other artists who have also accomplished this feat, including U2, Dave Matthews Band, System Of A Down, Van Halen and Disturbed.
THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS was produced by Johnny K and recorded in the home studio of STAIND vocalist Aaron Lewis, with the original band line-up, including Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums, percussion) and Johnny April (bass, vocals). The band calls the new project the “most musical CD” they’ve recorded to date, and even treated their fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes “webisodes” posted on staind.com, documenting their recording process.
Comments Lewis: “We went into the studio with the mindset of making our heaviest record yet, but the record that came out has flavors of Pink Floyd and straight-up blues. We didn’t use the same rigs that we use onstage; we used all vintage guitars and amps, and I’m pretty psyched about it! The songs are pretty timeless in their texture.”
In the past decade, STAIND has sold more than 12 million records worldwide. They’ve had four #1 singles that span three different radio formats, including two massive crossover singles “It’s Been Awhile” and “Right Here.” “It’s Been Awhile” spent 16 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart, making it the #1 most played rock record of 2002.
STAIND’S major label debut Dysfunction went double-platinum in 1999, and in the new millennium the band’s Break The Cycle was certified 5x platinum, followed by the platinum succession of 14 Shades Of Grey in 2003, and Chapter V in 2005. In 2002, Elektra Records released a gold-certified MTV Unplugged; and in 2006 released The Singles: 1996-2006, the band’s first-ever hits collection with a separate companion DVD Staind: The Videos.