Aaron Lewis Believes New Staind Music Would Be "Pretty Brutal" & "Heavy"

May 28, 2019

Even though Staind confirmed that they will be returning for a couple of dates this fall, fans are hoping for a little bit more than that. While appearing on the podcast Rock Talk with Mitch LaFon, Lewis reveals that he didn't want to come out with more tour dates without seeing how their upcoming performances at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock music festivals go. "This is definitely, 'Let's just get together and play a few shows and see what happens.' 2020 is 2020, and we'll see," says Lewis. "I've made no commitments to anything. I just wanna kind of see how this couple of shows goes."

Lewis described Staind's hiatus as a much-needed break to explore other creative outlets. " I definitely needed that break, and that break turned into these avenues. The break went long enough to where I wouldn't mind getting out there onstage with Staind and playing some songs that we all wrote together a long time ago."

In the years of Staind's hiatus, Lewis took that time to build his solo country career. Meanwhile guitarist Mike Mushok remained active in Jason Newsted's solo band before joining Saint Asonia with former Three Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier.

But with the possibility of an extended Staind tour on the table, so is the possibility of a new album. Although they have not confirmed any plans to return to the studio, Lewis does have a vision for how a new record would sound like. "I think that if we were to go into the studio and do anything, it would be pretty brutal. It would be continuing back to how heavy we were to begin with," said Lewis. "When 'It's Been Awhile' and 'Outside' and 'So Far Away' and songs like that, that were radio songs, [it> confused everything, cause if you came and saw us at a show, the show was a hell of a lot heavier than most of the songs that you would hear on the radio. I would have to say that it would be going back in the direction of just heavy… I think I've got some pent-up stuff that would probably flow out quite nicely over some of Mike's heavy riffs."