No one can accuse Staind of quitting while they’re ahead.
The New England quartet currently has the best-selling album in the country with its fourth LP, 14 Shades of Grey. Its first single, “Price to Play,” is among the most played on the radio. And still Aaron Lewis and company have their sights on the on-deck circle.
The solemnly joyous “So Far Away” has been tapped as 14 Shades of Grey’s second single, according to the band’s publicist. The track’s video, which will feature live performances combined with backstage glimpses, will be shot on the road this week. While the band plans to visit five cities in as many states during that time, the bulk of the onstage footage will be culled from Wednesday’s gig at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
” ’So Far Away’ was one of those last songs we wrote,” said guitarist Mike Mushok. “It was a song that Aaron had done one time at [producer] Josh [Abraham’s] studio acoustically. … And to me it kind of really deals with issues that we were going through, and where we were at.”
A director has yet to be chosen and there’s no word yet on when the song, which combines tender verses that culminate in a rousing and triumphant chorus akin to waves crashing on the beach, will surface on radio (see “Born Of Frustration, ’Price To Play’ Is Paying Off For Staind” ).
The band is shooting the clip on the run for the simple fact that the members don’t seem to have much time off in the foreseeable future. Lewis, Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki have tour dates lined up through early July, a mix of radio festivals and smaller concerts with Godsmack and/or Cold. They’ll then embark on a headlining tour in mid-July with openers Static-X and Lo-Pro, the first band signed to Lewis’ label imprint.
14 Shades of Gray, which followed 2001’s Break the Cycle, sold more than 220,000 copies during its first week in stores to take the top slot on the Billboard albums chart (see “Staind Marked For #1 On Billboard Albums Chart” ).