The band during the One-X run
Three Days Grace is an Alternative Hard Rock
group from Norwood, Ontario, Canada
. Formed in 1992 as the band Groundswell, they consisted of Adam Gontier (vocals, rhythm guitar), Neil Sanderson (drums, backing vocals), Brad Walst (Bass, occasional backing vocals), Phil Crowe (Guitar) and Joe Grant (Guitar), all attending high school at the time. This incarnation would ultimately break up 1995. They later reformed under the name Three Days Grace in 1997 as the trio of Gontier, Sanderson and Walst. In 2003 after their debut tour they enlisted Barry Stock as lead guitarist, allowing Gontier to simply sing in concert.
They released the demo for "I Hate Everything About You" in 2003, scoring them a record deal with Jive records. They released their self-titled
debut album that same year.
On January 9 2013, long-time singer Adam Gontier left the band, citing health issues. Brad Walst's brother Matt, then with My Darkest Days, filled in on vocals during their 2013 tour, and eventually was promoted to full-time vocalist on March 28, 2014, with "Painkiller" released as the band's first post-Gontier single not too long after.Current Members
- Neil Sanderson: Drums, keyboard/piano, Backing vocals
- Brad Walst: Bass, backing vocals
- Barry Stock: Guitar
- Matt Walst: Lead Vocals
- Adam Gontier: Lead Vocals
- Three Days Grace - 2003
- One-X - 2006
- Life Starts Now - 2009
- Transit Of Venus - 2012
Gontier also preformed guest vocals in the Apocalyptica
song "I Don't Care" and in the Canadian supergroup Big Dirty Band for Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
along with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush
, Die Mannequin's Care Failure, Ian Thornley of the band Thornley, and The Tea Party
's Jeff Burrows.
Tropes associated with Three Days Grace:
- Abandoned Warehouse: The setting for the "Pain" music video.
- All Just a Dream: The "Animal I Have Become" video. Subverted in that his room's still a mess...
- Animated Music Video: "Misery Loves My Company." Overlaps with Deranged Animation.
- Band of Relatives: Brad Walst is an original member, while his brother Matt got his break in My Darkest Days. Following Adam Gontier's departure from the band, Matt was hired to fill in as the band's vocalist, eventually joining permanently.
- Breakup Song: Not actually as common as you'd think; Adam has been Happily Married since before One-X came out. Most of the songs from the debut have little to do with anger in the context of a relationship. Though it's still up-in-the-air what in the heck "World So Cold" and "Last To Know" are about.
- "Last To Know" is pretty clearly a Breakup Song about being left for another guy. "World So Cold" is debatable.
- Calling the Old Man Out: "Just Like You"
- Chalk Outline: Used metaphorically in a song with the same name, the first single from Transit of Venus.
- Cover Version: Only "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac has actually come from an album (which was ultimately cut from Life Starts Now, becoming a bonus track). Live, they've been known to cover anything and everything, especially during the bridge of "Home," from Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot" to "Lose Yourself" by Eminem (then there's this). Gontier alone likes to do spontaneous acoustic covers of old rock and alternative songs, such as "Wicked Game" by Chris Issak, "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve, "Rooster" by Alice in Chains, "Black" by Pearl Jam, "Everything Falls Apart" by Dog's Eye View, "Another Lonely Day" by Ben Harper and "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty.
- Dem Bones: One of Adam's mic stands, shaped like a skeletal hand gripping the mic, which he sometimes fixes into the shape of the horns for fun.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: "Misery Loves My Company":
I don't need your condescending
words about me looking lonely.
I don't need your arms to hold me
'cause misery is waiting on me!
- Enemy Within: One possible interpretation of Animal I Have Become.
- In Memoriam: Their Live at the Palace DVD/Blu-Ray, dedicated to their deceased manager.
- Lighter and Softer: Life Starts Now compared to the first two albums. Some of the songs are easily the softest the band has ever done like "Lost In You", "Last To Know" and the self-titled track, and even most of the harder songs on it aren't quite as hard as most of their material from beforehand. This made it a bit of a Base Breaker amongst their fanbase, some claiming it to be their most consistent album, while others thought it was the worst due to a lack of their usual edge.
- Messy Hair: The way Adam styled his hair around One-X.
- Metal Scream: Gontier gets one at the end of "Riot." Special mention goes to Home
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a 4 to 7, though a "Last to Know" may arguably go down to a 3.
- Nightmare Fuel: The "Animal I Have Become" video.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: "Last To Know," bordering on Coldplay-like murmuring.
- Precision F-Strike: "Riot." "Wake Up."
- There's also "Gone Forever" and "Overrated". Together, these four songs are the only ones in their entire discography to contain profanity.
- Police State: The "Just Like You" video.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I Hate Everything About You".
- Rage Against the Reflection: The "Animal I Have Become" video.
- The Rockumentary: "Live at the Palace" is a half-example; there's several extensive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage intermingled between the songs.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Just Like You", "Overrated", "Bitter Taste" all qualify
- Silly Love Songs: "Without You". But this is effectively balanced out by the more genuine-sounding "Last to Know".
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Lost In You, probably because it lacks a significantly sombre mood.
- Vocal Evolution: Adams's voice on the debut was simply scratchy, grungy over-screaming without much technique. With the recent albums he's invited far more melody and flexibility than in his younger days, ranging from a higher register on some songs to a lower bass on others.
- What Have I Become?: "Animal I Have Become"
- World Half Empty: "World so Cold"
- Yandere: Especially in the song "Over and Over"
- Nightmare Fuel when you consider that this song could actually be talking about Adam's addiction to prescription drugs.
- You Are Not Alone: "Never Too Late"