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Since the release of their FlipElektra debut album Dysfunction in April 1999 STAIND have built a remarkable success story The band have scored three major rock radiovideo hits with Just Go Mudshovel and Home theyve played for hundreds of thousands of fans on tours with Kid Rock Monster Magnet Sevendust and with their Family Values brethren Limp Bizkit and Korn and theyve sold over a million albums They were voted Favorite New Band in Hit Paraders Readers Poll and in Guitar Worlds Readers Poll guitarist MIKE MUSHOK was voted Best New Talent They received five 2000 Boston Music Award nominations They landed the headline slot on MTVs Return Of The Rock tour Most recently STAIND had an unexpected bit of luck that couldnt have happened in a better way or come at a better time as vocalist AARON LEWIS spur-of-the-moment acoustic performance of the song Outside from the Family Values Tour 99 live album has grown into a 1 radio smash on the eve of the release of their new album BREAK THE CYCLE And now with virtually no break theyre going to do it all again We feel like we won over a lot of people while we were on the road says MIKE When we finished touring we only took about a week off before starting this record With so little rest and more at stake MIKE admits he did feel some pressure at first It was this thing hanging over my head he says I had a lot of ideas but as a band we hadnt written or practiced in over a year and a half Even though we lived together the whole time now we had to create On the road you just have to play All four band members agree however that the pressure lifted after a couple of weeks as the new songs began to take shape In all directions--musically lyrically even in the choice of title--BREAK
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