Tell us a story that our song "Here And Now" made you remember.

#HereandNow Stories

I lost my dad, and my best friend just a few weeks ago. It was pretty sudden. I can’t help but think about things I should have done with him before he left, but I also think about all the things we did get to do. This song hits hard in both those ways. This song is such a tear jerker. Staind still sounds great.


Spending time with my grandfather, that man raised me, he helped shape my life, guided me through tough times, offered advice, and was there when I needed someone through good times and bad. My grandfather was my world and after I lost him in 2017 I was lost, but his wisdom and memories make me keep going and think of him being right next to me still helping me through life

Kyle LoMascolo

Here and Now makes me think of everything and nothing all at once. My loss my pain my fear my success my fear of all of those things. I can’t explain it. The combination of Aaron’s voice with the musical arrangement just tears my fucking soul apart. In a good way though. Like therapeutic. A catharsis for sure. Thank you Staind for this new album. It’s truly exceptional and I for one am eternally grateful for it. Much love.

David Gardner

I recently received news of a close friend that passed away. Her and I were very close to each other and caught feelings. Neither of us said anything but it was obvious. Over the years we grew apart and took different paths. Her passing made me realize that my demons were still there. I just got distracted by other things and other people. When I heard..

“And I can finally see

The mistakes I made are glaring back at me

For all I’ve done, for all I’ve lost

Because the “in the moment” wasn’t worth the cost.”

Man that hit me like a ton of bricks..memories of us came flooding back and I just lost it. I miss that girl..


So I’ve seen you guys a million times and Aaron’s solo tours too. Been a fan since Tormented! Yup I’m 1 of the guys that still owns it. So your music has been with me since the beginning. Started when I went to bootcap and you stayed with me through my 1st marriage and divorce and now 15 years after that another marriage and this current divorce and custody battle that I’m goin through now. Your music has literally been a metaphor for my entire life. And now when I get my son every other week we listen in the truck and we sing along and he loves it! He’s only 5 but he can belt out some staind! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank you enough for this music. God has always been in charge of my life but your music has been the soundtrack. So….Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I made a decision to get sober. In January 2024 I’ll be 11 years sober! I made some mistakes that I wish I never did. Lost some great friendships I wish I never lost. In the end I didn’t lose myself.

In high school I was highly depressed and didn’t like who I was. I sat on the cliffs in Del Mar, CA listening to my disc man with STAIND playing. Took my headset off, stood up, leaned forward, and the wind pushed me back. “Not today dude. Not today.” I was listening to that album today and got teary eyed from the pain i felt then. And can enjoy the words to your music by relating to it.



The song me reminds me of my wedding 12/3/2005. Your song So Far away and Life houses You and Me were my wedding songs. I made everyone stay on the dance floor for both songs. You guys were my favorite band at the time.


10 years ago I married my best friend, however most of our marriage was lost in his heroin addiction. We went through countless cycles of fighting each other, withdrawal, rehab, and jail. Family and friends didn’t understand why I wasted my time on an addict; they didn’t see the person I knew beyond the drugs. Eventually I realized I had to walk away, to save myself and raise my daughter. After spending 6 years apart we recently started talking again. Almost everyone we know is either in jail or dead, basically related to addiction. Addiction is painful, causing scars to addicts and the people who love them. I’m choosing to heal and I’m thankful for the chance to say those words to my best friend. All we have is here and now; yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guaranteed.


To my wife…

Liz February 28, 1979 – July 1, 2023

Our love will meet again…


Staind, you have been an integral part of my life, both in the past and present. Your music has saved me and provided me with a sense of direction when I needed it the most. You became my escape from the hardships of life and served as my therapy during difficult times.

Your lyrics resonated with me on a deep level, as they spoke to the struggles and pain that I was experiencing. Your raw and honest approach to music allowed me to connect with your songs in a way that I had never experienced before. Through your music, I found solace and comfort, knowing that I was not alone in my struggles.

Your powerful and emotional performances touched my soul, leaving a lasting impact on me. Your music became a sanctuary where I could pour out my emotions and find solace in the melodies and lyrics. You provided me with a sense of catharsis, allowing me to release my pent-up emotions and find healing in the process.

I am forever grateful to Staind for being there for me when I needed it the most. Your music has been a constant companion, guiding me through the darkest moments of my life. You have given me strength, courage, and a sense of belonging.

Thank you, Staind, for being the band that saved me and gave me direction. Your music will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will forever cherish the impact you have had on my life.

Claudio Vieira

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