Canadian rockers Three Days Grace are well on their way towards the group’s fifth album, and first with new singer Matt Walst.
“We’ve got a lot, man,” bassist Brad Walst, Matt’s older brother, tells Billboard. “We’ve been writing non-stop and recording a lot. We have a good 10 songs, probably, recorded. We’re almost done with this record. We have another couple months to do in this studio and we’re done with this thing. It’ll hopefully be out by early next year.” And after some of the sonic experimentation on 2012’s “Transit of Venus,” Walst says TDG is hewing back towards its harder rocking roots.
“It’s a pretty aggressive record, to be honest,” he says. “On ‘Transit of Venus’ we brought the synth world in a little bit and experimented with songwriting and our whole process. But I gotta tell you, this whole record is quite heavy, sonically and lyrically. It’s just got a heavy sound.”
Fans have already gotten a taste of the group’s direction with Matt Walst — who joined after founding frontman Adam Gontier “blindsided” TDG with a sudden departure in January of 2013 — via “Painkiller,” which came out in April and became the group’s 12th No. 1 Mainstream Rock Tracks single. “Matt actually brought that title to the table, just a few days after he joined,” Walst says. “I think he had almost half that chorus written. We listened to it and were like, ‘Man, that would be a great Three Days Grace song.’ So we just started jamming on it and it became what it is now. It was actually the first song we wrote with Matt, which was crazy, but it turned out awesome. We’re really proud of that one.”
Walst says TDG has been recording in Toronto during breaks from tour, although the group will be on the road in North America through August, with September shows in the U.K. and Germany. “We kind of come and go as we please,” Walst says. “It’s great to be able to take a couple weeks and reflect on the songs instead of going in and hammering it out in a month or something. It lets the material breathe, and everybody can make the adjustments as needed.” He adds that some of the new songs may make their way into the group’s set lists this summer.
“There’s definitely a new fire in Three Days Grace,” says Walst, adding that his brother still plans to work with My Darkest Days as well as TDG. “Ever since Matt joined he just had that passion about him. He has tons of energy about him. We’re like, ‘Holy crap, this kid means business. We better step it up.’ He’s a little younger than us, so I think a combination of all those things gives us a new energy and a new passion for us. It’s just been awesome. We’re having a ball.”