Three Days Grace recaptures inspiration of early days with Human
Back in 2003 a new band out of Canada released a self-titled debut album that was filled with the energy and excitement that comes with starting a musical career. “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other,” explains Neil Sanderson, drummer for platinum-selling outfit Three Days Grace. The band reunited with producer Gavin Brown to complete Human, the group’s fifth studio album and second on RCA Records. “Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we're back in those days where we're high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands,” adds Sanderson about again working with the man who helmed the Three Days Grace self-titled debut album.
“Humanity constantly seeks connection. In fact, it's almost as essential as breathing,” reads an excerpt from a bio posted on ThreeDaysGrace.com. It’s the band’s consistent connection to its audiences via “hard-hitting, honest, and hypnotic anthems” that drives Human, the 3DG’s latest link to what the members believe is the “most natural and human thing of all.” Human is the follow up to 2012's Transit Of Venus, which topped Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart, went Top 5 on the Billboard 200, and earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Rock Album of the Year. The new album finds Three Days Grace connecting once again.
“We want to help people through tough times with our music,” says new frontman Matt Walst, who joined Three Days Grace in January 2013 after original lead singer Adam Gontier announced he was leaving the platinum-selling quartet. “It’s therapy for us, and hopefully it’s the same for everybody listening.” The former lead vocalist for My Darkest Days joins his brother, Brad Walst (bass), along with Barry Stock (lead guitar) and drummer Sanderson, who also handles all percussion, keyboards, and programming.
“When Matt joined the band last year, there was not a fleeting moment that we didn’t think we would forge ahead,” says Sanderson. “Life is all about chapters. Matt’s first show was in front of eight thousand people on a co-headliner with Shinedown, and he came out guns blazing. He brought this fiery new energy to the band. We never looked back.” The addition of Walst was also a seamless transition since the singer previously worked with the band as a songwriter.
The first two singles from Human are ‘Painkiller’ and ‘I Am Machine.’ The latter tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and is currently No. 8 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. Third single and album opener, ‘Human Race,’ “illuminates the group's fiery focus with incendiary instrumentation and a seismic hook,” according to a press announcement. Stock says the song is about trying to find your place in life. “Often, we'll ask ourselves, 'Where do I fit in here? … Where is my place?' We all deal with that inner confusion,” explains the guitarist.
Three Days Grace launches spring and summer tour dates on Apr. 10 at House of Blues in San Diego. Additional concerts through August include The Fillmore in San Francisco (Apr. 14) and Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wis. (May 9). A brief European leg of the tour (Jun. 2-12) interrupts the U.S. schedule, which resumes Jun. 20 at Burlington Steamboat Days in Burlington, Iowa, followed by Bay City River Roar in Bay City, Mich. (Jun. 26), Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa, Okla. (Jul. 25), and Pain In The Grass in Auburn, Wash. (Aug. 23).
Watch Three Days Grace in the official music video for ‘I Am Machine,’ one of the featured singles from the Canadian rockers’ fifth studio album, Human.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Three Days Grace (3DG) was formed in 1997 in Norwood, Ontario, Canada. Founding members and high school friends Adam Gontier (vocals, guitar), Brad Walst (bass), and Neil Sanderson (drums) initially called themselves Groundswell, writing songs inspired by growing up in a small town.
* The band eventually moved to Toronto and changed its name to Three Days Grace—a moniker intended to reflect the sense of urgency someone might feel if they had only three days to change their life. They met producer Gavin Brown, who agreed to a private audition. Brown then had the band record a demo of what he considered to be the most promising tracks.
* Three Days Grace got a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing Canada, and a demo of the song ‘(I Hate) Everything About You’ led to a recording contract with Jive Records. The band was soon in Boston recording a self-titled debut that was completed in legendary Woodstock, N.Y., and released in July 2003.
* The band toured extensively in support of Three Days Grace for the next two years. The platinum-selling One-X followed in 2006, reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, the single ‘Animal I Have Become’ topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The band added second guitarist Barry Stock and toured alongside Staind, Hoobastank, and Nickelback.
* In 2009, third full-length album, Life Starts Now, was another Billboard 200 Top 5 hit aided by the No. 1 singles ‘Break,’ ‘The Good Life,’ and ‘World So Cold.’ Next up was the “atmospheric, electronic-tinged” Transit Of Venus, again peaking in the Billboard 200 Top 5 and scoring the No. 1 rock singles ‘Chalk Outline,’ ‘The High Road,’ and ‘Misery Loves My Company.’
* Gontier left the band in early 2013 and was replaced by Matt Walst, brother of 3DG bass player Brad Walst. New album Human, featuring the No. 1 singles ‘Painkiller’ and ‘I Am Machine,’ sets a record by making Three Days Grace the only band to place 13 No. 1 singles on the Mediabase Active Rock radio chart.