Conscious of the nearly four-year gap between its first two albums, Canadian rock act Three Days Grace has already started work on a follow-up to its 11-month-old sophomore effort, "One-X."

Conscious of the nearly four-year gap between its first two albums, Canadian rock act Three Days Grace has already started work on a follow-up to its 11-month-old sophomore effort, "One-X."

"We've got about five tracks," reports bassist Brad Walst, adding, "we're writing some of the lightest stuff we've ever written and some of the heaviest stuff we've ever written, just different ends of the spectrum. We're maturing a lot as musicians, and the music is a little different than what we've done before, which is cool."

Walst says the Toronto-based quartet may start laying down tracks this summer, while it's home on break waiting for drummer Neil Sanderson's wife to give birth. No producer decisions have been made yet, though Walst calls "One-X" collaborator Howard Benson "awesome" and says the group would be open to working with him again. But, he adds, "obviously there's been some cool producers out there in the last year. We might experiment a little bit. It's hard to say right now."

The bassist says the group would like to get the album out in 2008 but still plans to spend much of the year on the road supporting "One-X." A new single, "Never Too Late" -- which Walst says was the first song written for the album -- has just been released, and dates are planned for Australia and Japan before another North American swing later in the year.

And while much of "One-X" was inspired by the group's travails on the road (which landed frontman Adam Gontier in rehab), Walst says Three Days Grace is taking pains to make sure things stay on a more even keel this time out.

"Our communication is a lot better than it was," he says. "And we use our days now to do different things. Some of us took up golfing, weird sh*t like that. And writing for the next record actually takes up a lot of our day, too."

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