After breaking into the big-time with two moody ballads, Staind will crank it up for their next single, the grinding rocker "Fade."
The Massachusetts band has been carrying around elements of the song, which has a sweeping chorus and shades of Alice in Chains, since before they recorded their 1999 breakthrough, Dysfunction. The main riff was originally part of a six-minute epic, said guitarist Mike Mushok.
"I just remember Aaron [Lewis'] melody line and it just stuck with me for three or four years, and that's why I always wanted to try to bring it back," he said in a recent interview. "I rewrote the music and made the arrangement what it is now."
The band plans to shoot a video for the song, from Break the Cycle, in the coming weeks, but has not yet come up with a concept.
Due at radio in mid-July, "Fade" has gone over well on Staind's current tour with Cold and Puddle of Mudd, Lewis said. "I can look into the crowd now and I can see people singing right along."
Though Break the Cycle spent three weeks on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, Lewis said the album's success hasn't completely sunk in. "It's kind of hard to stop and take it all in and realize what you've accomplished, especially when you're out in the middle of your first tour."
Staind plan to spend the fall on the Family Values Tour with headliners Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park (see "Linkin Park To Join STP, Staind On Family Values").