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STAIND drew the attention of the rock world earlier this year when the band's sensitive, melody-enriched "Break the Cycle" skyrocketed to the top of the charts. We talked to drummer Jon Wysocki about the band's success.

Did you have any idea "Break the Cycle" would be so successful?

No. Although we knew we had something good, we never expected this. We were nervous about writing this record. We had no idea what would happen. We hoped we would evolve - you have to try to evolve and not be stagnant.

Why has the band kept such an intense touring schedule?

It's big in gathering a fan base, and that's so important. People get to see what you do, and that's a cool thing. You can listen to a CD, but to see a band live is another thing. It was big for us to tour, but it was tough, too. And I think that has a lot to do with our success.

How has touring helped the band grow?

It's helped us on a personal level as musicians. We've gotten tighter and the music has as well. You can sit in your basement or rehearsal space and play all day, but you have to have the vibe you get from being on the stage. We're all better musicians, and that comes from playing live.

What's an important lesson to remember?

You always keep learning. None of us thinks we know everything because once you think you've learned everything, you're done.

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