OK, so I know what you’re thinking: “Staind is not a metal band, Chris — they’re hard rock, if that, so what the fuck are you writing about them for?” Well, no — they are not metal. They’re a rock group with a bunch of cool dudes (I’ve interviewed them a bunch) who put out an awesome album in 1999 that was fucking tough for its time.
That album still holds up. After Dysfunction, Staind went soft and I haven’t really listened to new Staind since 2003, probably. I will just say I haven’t been a fan and we’ll leave it at that because I don’t need any more hate coming my way this week.
Furthermore, this is bona fide news. Whenever a founding member leaves a hard rock band, it is newsworthy and will be covered at GSA. Longtime drummer Jon Wysocki has left the band and is being replaced behind the kit by Will Hunt, who left Black Label Society to go back to Evanescence earlier this year.
The band wishes Jon “the best, and thank him for all the years he dedicated to Staind. We look forward to seeing [the fans] at Rock On The Range, the Miller Lite Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Rocklahoma.”
Staind have been working on new music as of late, and it’s supposedly heavy. We’ll see. The group is recording the follow-up to 2008’s The Illusion Of Progress in a converted barn on Aaron Lewis’ property in rural Massachusetts. Johnny K, who produced Illusion, is back on the boards.