Q 103 Thanksgiving Hangover Featuring Staind
Egypt Central, Pipebomb
195 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY, 12210-2303
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
Watch & Listen
Staind dove into bleaker recesses than ever before and surfaced with their heaviest and most hypnotic album to date, STAIND, their self-titled, seventh studio album. The multi-platinum Massachusetts hard rock outfit—Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, and Johnny "Old School" April—pushed itself to the very brink. There was struggle and strife, but, as a result, Staind constructed a collection of chaotically melodic songs that hearken back to their 1999 major label debut, Dysfunction, while wielding an instrumental and lyrical prowess that could only be cultivated by 16 years of writing, recording, and touring together.
Along the way, the band forged a melodic musical maelstrom that served as solace for fans of all ages. They sold 15 million albums worldwide, had eight top ten singles across multiple formats with three songs hitting number one, and wrote the most-played rock song of the past decade, "It's Been Awhile." Three out of six albums—Break the Cycle, 14 Shades of Grey, and Chapter V—debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and 2008's The Illusion of Progress peaked at #3. On STAIND, they channel the intensity from their early days with tight, taut technicality. Mushok augments an avalanche of baritone guitars with a searing solo on the track "Eyes Wide Open" as Lewis schizophrenically screams. Meanwhile, "The Bottom," featured on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, twists and turns through a haze of grinding guitars, bass, and drums. These songs are raw and real. They're heavy and honest. They're pure and powerful. They're everything Staind was always meant to be.
Since the formation of pipebomb in 2000, hard work has created the base for their success allowing them to gain a reputable following as accomplished musicians staying true to themselves and their music. The band's renowned first CD, entitled "Half-Price Beatin’", lit the fuse for all that would follow, opening many doors for the band and a great deal of attention from the music industry. Playing with bands such as Sevendust, Taproot, Ill Niño, Powerman 5000 and Clutch, has gained them fans from the hardcore scene, while shows with Fates Warning, Judas Priest, Living Colour and Kings X has gained the band exposure and opened their music up to a more progressive rock/metal fan base.
Stepping off the stage and back into the studio, they began working on new tracks harnessing the raw energy that is reflected on-stage. The band's latest release "Still" shows they haven’t missed a beat. With powerfully driven guitar riffs, hard-hitting drums, and high energy vocals, 'Still' is their heaviest and most musically varied work to date. Capturing the chemistry that has attracted so many fans to their high-energy live performances, this ten-song-crusher displays a variety of musical styles and, as a collection, takes on a strong entity as an accomplished piece.
The bottom line for these guys is respect, and so far they have earned it from everyone that comes in contact with their music.