Staind entered the studio on June 7 to start tracking songs for their next album, according to a post on the band's Web site by guitarist Mike Mushok.
The group has been practicing the new material for nearly two months and has assembled 12 songs and numerous musical ideas it plans to continue working on in the studio. David Bottrill — who worked on Godsmack's Faceless, Mudvayne's The End of All Things to Come and Tool's last two records — will produce. "That's been a really good experience," Mushok wrote of Botrill. "Everyone's pretty excited to get started."
Staind hope to finish the album this summer for a fall release.
The band may road-test some of the new songs during a week's worth of shows at the end of July that will end with their performance at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, which will also feature sets by Velvet Revolver, Disturbed, Hoobastank, N.E.R.D. and others.
In addition to working with Staind, frontman Aaron Lewis is getting ready for his new batch of solo acoustic performances at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, which should allow him to earn back whatever he loses on the slots (see [article id="1486509"]"Staind's Aaron Lewis Rolls The Dice On Solo Tour Of Casinos"[/article]).