STONE SOUR has struck a chord with "Through Glass", the single and video, in which singer Corey Taylor compellingly slams society's growing obsession with celebrity culture. Taken from the band's critically acclaimed second album "Come What(Ever) May" (Roadrunner), the song is top 10 most added this week at pop/contemporary hit radio while continuing its six-week run at #1 at Mainstream and Active Rock radio. Marking the first #1 single in the band's career, "Through Glass", was recently added to KROQ (L.A.) and is positioned at #4 at Modern Rock. Additionally, the video is #1 on MTV2's "T-Minus Rock Countdown". "Come What(Ever) May" was released on August 1, debuting at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and has sold over 270,000 copies in the U.S. to date.
In the video for "Through Glass", director Tony Petrossian (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, HEAD AUTOMATICA) portrays a Hollywood party as stereotypical celebrity and industry types are gathered at a hilltop mansion while members of STONE SOUR wander throughout. While the members of the band stand in sharp contrast to the farce playing out around them, the plasticity of the revelers is underlined when they literally transform into cardboard cutouts and are picked up and carried off by stagehands.
The public's fixation on the lives of celebrities and plastic culture, as reflected in the video, is distracting people from focusing on society's real problems. "People are realizing now, a little too late, that they let the administration get away with things that are unconstitutional, including pardoning their white-collar crime friends," explains Taylor. "So people go to these innocuous magazines that show the glamorous life, to escape from reality. They want to see celebrities' lifestyles; they don't want to know what celebrities think for the most part. They don't want them to be socially conscious because then they have to realize that there is a problem."
STONE SOUR are continuing to tour behind "Come What(Ever) May". As the follow-up to their four-year-old debut album, which was twice Grammy-nominated, certified gold and contained the huge rock hit "Bother", "Come What(ever) May" is filled with volatile songs that mix heaviness with sharp hooks. The songs question the motives of false prophets (the title cut), tear apart hypocrisy ("Sillyworld") and smash complacency ("30/30-150", "Hell & Consequences").
The band's potency as a live act was underlined this summer when they toured with KORN and the DEFTONES on the massively successful "The Family Values Tour". Look for STONE SOUR to embark on the "Music As A Weapon Tour" with DISTURBED November 15, a trek that will bring them to arenas across the country.