Three Days Grace is officially in the studio recording its fifth album. The Canadian band is working at a facility in Toronto called Noble Street, according to a post by drummer Neil Sanderson at Loudwire. Sanderson told us recently that the band went back to its roots to write the songs for the new disc:
“We’ve gone back to this rehearsal space that really things began in, and it’s this like concrete box in downtown Toronto. You know, you can’t really open the window ’cause it’s right in the middle of downtown and noise complaints and all this. And you know, I think one of the keys for us is if we’re comfortable, we’re not creative, so we get like really uncomfortable chairs and we sit and face each other with guitars and just pound out stuff.”
- Three Days Grace recorded its current single, “Painkiller” at Noble Street.
- Sanderson wrote in his post that the band is recording for a few more days before flying out for shows in Illinois and Arkansas.
- He added, “I love switching gears between writing, recording and playing live . . . Lots of new ideas are born at sound check, as well. During the day, it’s an empty venue, and onstage we can sort out a lot of details on new material. We like to hear new songs through the PA in the venue.”
- Sanderson continued, “Our favorite songs to play are always the ones where the crowd is craziest. It has to be electrifying when we play it live. If not, it doesn’t make the record.”
- The upcoming album will be the first with new singer Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad Walst, who was recruited to replace Adam Gontier early last year.
- Gontier, a founding member whose last album with the group was 2012’s Transit Of Venus, allegedly quit for health reasons but later expressed dissatisfaction with the band’s musical output.
- Three Days Grace plays on Friday (May 23rd) in Herrin, Illinois and Saturday (May 24th) in Little Rock, Arkansas.