Doug Robb, lead singer for American post-grunge band Hoobastank, says on the musical group’s Web site that the process often leaves the bandmembers and the producers fighting “tooth and nail” to make it work.
“It was a reeeeeeeeally long process,” Robb states in the Web site biography of its newest compilation. “Nothing sounded or felt right at first. We wanted (our longtime collaborator) Howard (Benson) to police us more, be more opinionated, force us to come up with our best stuff, which he, and we, did.”
Some of that collaboration will be heard on Friday at the Reno Ballroom as rock, metal and a little bit of grunge come together. Hoobastank will join alternative rock band Staind as special guestsom the Reno stage.
Staind has been together as a band for nine years and recorded six albums with multiple hit singles that have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Band members include Aaron Lewis, lead singer and guitarist; Mike Mushok, lead guitarist; Johnny April, bassist and vocalist and Jon Wysocki, drummer. In their early days, they covered Korn, Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam in small clubs for nearly two years. The following year, Staind released its first album, “Tormented” to be followed by “Dysfunction,” “Break the Cycle,” “14 Shades of Grey,” “Chapter V” and its latest in August 2008, “The Illusion of Progress.”
Most popular among their collection are the singles “Everything Changes,” “Right Here” and “It’s Been Awhile,” the last of which spent 16 weeks topping the modern charts and 14 weeks topping the mainstream charts. The rankings earned the song one of the highest joint No. 1 chart positions of all time.
According to Mushok, quoted on the band’s Web site, www.staind.com, the latest album is somewhat of a departure from the group’s typical work, lyrically and musically, with more emotionally charged songs including “All I Want” and “The Corner.” Though Staind’s work usually does carry a certain amount of anguish in its artistry, listeners may be surprised by the inclusion of lighter pieces such as “Lost Along the Way” and “Tangled Up in You” as a means of escaping, if only temporarily, the more intense pain embellished in Staind’s usual work.
Joining Staind, however, is a band that lies somewhere between post-grunge and alternative rock, Hoobastank. Members Robb, drummer Chris Hesse and guitarist Dan Estrin recently released thier fourth album, “For(n)ever” as a follow-up to the success of their first self-titled debut and the double-platinum smash of its second album, “The Reason.” The title track of the second was a huge international achievement, sweeping up Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. “The Reason,” which made its way in the series finale of “Friends” on television, peaked at No. 1 on Modern Rock, Adult Top 40 and Top 40 Mainstream charts.
Although the band has not reached that level of success with its following songs, the third album “Every Man for Himself” released in 2006 produced “If I Were You,” which enjoyed a brief ride on radio stations. But it apparently wasn’t popular enough to release another title from the track.
“For(n)ever” was released in January and so far has sold more than 10 million copies.
Staind and Hoobastank appear together at the Reno Ballroom Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. Visit www.silverlegacyreno.com for more information.