Mike Mushok: ‘There’s No Real Plan’ for Staind Right Now
Aaron Lewis is ramping up to the release of his second solo country album Sinner. Guitarist Mike Mushok has spent the last year rocking stages with Saint Asonia. So where does that leave Staind? Mushok discussed the band's status during a recent interview with Mitch Lafon (seen above).
Staind have been mostly inactive since 2011 after they released and supported their self-titled album, with Lewis returning to his solo project and Mushok first playing alongside Jason Newsted in Newsted's self-titled band, then finding another musical outlet in Saint Asonia.
Mushok says, "I remember '09, we stopped touring, and we did a record after that. We did the self-titled 'Staind' record, which we did a little touring on. It was one of my favorite Staind records we had done. Aaron, I know, has another country record coming out in September. So ... you know, we say we're gonna do something else, but there's no real plan for it right now. I know he's pursuing [his solo career]. And I know we're writing another [Saint Asonia] record."
When asked by Lafon if it was frustrating to put Staind on hold, Mushok added, "Honestly, it was was a little frustrating, you know what I mean? But, listen ... And people come to me [and say], 'Don't you get mad? Aren't you angry?' And I'm, like, 'Well, I can't be. He has to be happy with what he wants to do.' And if [he's] not happy, no matter what I do, when I go to Aaron, I can't [say], 'Dude, we have all these offers. We've gotta play these shows.' I can't make him, and if I did make him, he'd resent me. And it wouldn't be fun, and it wouldn't be what the [shows are] supposed to be. So when the day comes that he decides, 'Hey, man, let's do this again,' either I'll be ready or I won't. It's either, 'No, man, I'm doing this now, because you had your thing,' or we'll be on a break, or whatever it is, and I'll say, 'Okay, we can do it.' So I'm really just kind of playing it as it goes."
As stated, Mushok is now entrenched in Saint Asonia and the band is currently in the early stages of writing for their second album.
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