No one will ever change this animal I have become,
Help me believe it's not the real me,
Somebody help me tame this animal I have become,
Help me believe it's not the real me,
Somebody help me tame this animal,
This animal I have become!"
Three Days Grace is an Alternative Hard Rock/ Post-Grunge 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.
On January 9, 2013, long-time singer Adam Gontier left, 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. They now have "Human", their 2015 album out with mixed to positive reception, with the single "I Am Machine" being successful. They released their sixth album Outsider on March 9, 2018.
- 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
- Human - 2015
- Outsider - 2018
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.
I Trope Everything About You:
- Alternative Metal: They don't qualify as a whole, but their heaviest material takes influence from the genre.
- 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: Inverted; the band members have family members in other bands! Brad's younger brother Matt Walst is the lead singer of Toronto hard rock group My Darkest Days and Adam's cousin Cale Gontier plays bass for Vancouver alternative group Art of Dying (who got his start as one of TDG's guitar techs). Adam sang guest vocals on the re-recording of "Inside It's Raining" for AOD's major-label debut, and he'll usually make an appearance with the band to sing with them whenever they're both at the same festival. After Adam left, Matt was hired to fill in as the band's vocalist, eventually joining permanently.
- The Band Minus the Face: Adam left January 9, 2013.
- Break-Up Song: Not actually as common as you'd think; Adam got married to his first wife after their Self-Titled Album was released and didn't divorce until 2013 by which time he had already left the group. 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 Break-Up Song about being left for another guy. "World So Cold" is debatable.
- One interpretation is Adam is singing "The High Road" about breaking up with the band.
- 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.
- Transit of Venus features a cover of Michael Jackson's Give In to Me.
- 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.
- Determinator: "The Mountain" expresses this sentiment through its lyrics and powerful riffs:Every day I'm just survivin'
Keep climbin' the mountain
Even when I feel like dyin'
Keep climbin' the mountain
Every time I think I'm over it
I wake up in the bottom of it all again
I'm still survivin', keep climbin'
Keep climbin' the mountain
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: "Misery Loves My Company":I don't need your condescendingwords 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.
- Genre Shift: Not their tone, but their lyrics. When Adam Gontier was the lead vocalist, several of TDG's songs were about addiction: struggling with it, overcoming it, or succumbing to it. With Matt Walst as lead vocalist, their songs speak more about emotional isolation and/or the struggle to connect with others.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the "Break" music video, Barry flips off the camera and it goes uncensored.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a very strange way, Adam serves as this in the video of "Animal I Have Become". His dark side becomes more prominent, and as a result he becomes more detatched and abrasive, but he still has good intentions and fears that his negative traits are outweighing his positive traits.
- Last Note Nightmare: Played with to the point of subversion in that while Gontier-era Three Days Grace were fond of this, it was usually during the chorus or other random parts of the song, not so much the last note itself. Adam Gontier just loves to sing in a soft voice and then scream at you five seconds later.
- 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.
- Love Is a Drug: "Painkiller" is an odd, creepy (in)version where the narrator seeks to become someone's drug:You know I'll give you one for free
Forever you're coming back to me
Now I'm gonna give you what you need
'Cause I know what you fiend on and what you lean on
And what you lean on
The shoulder you cry on
The dose that you die on
- 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".
- "The Abyss" has Matt doing one at the end.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a 4 to 7, though a "Last to Know" may arguably go down to a 3.
- Mr. Fanservice: Matt Walst is a very fit and handsome man who can dance very well (especially prominent during their live performances). Original singer Adam Gontier is also a ruggedly handsome man.
- Never My Fault: The subject of "Villain I'm Not" habitually blames everything on the narrator.You want me to be guilty, to be the one who's wrong
So easy to blame me, it's been that way for so long
- Nice Guy: Adam is a tireless advocate for those overcoming drug addiction and/or depression, even today, despite no longer being in the band.
- 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", "Gone Forever" and "Overrated".
- Outsider is more profane than the aforementioned songs, containing songs like "Right Left Wrong", "Me Against You" (which has three instances of "fuck that"), and "The New Real".
- Police State: The "Just Like You" video.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The chorus of quite a few songs tends to employ this method as a means to convey their point. Very noticeable in songs such as "Break" and "I Hate Everything About You."Only when I stop to think about it... I! HATE! EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! WHY! DO I LOVE 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", and "Bitter Taste" all qualify as this.
- Silly Love Songs: "Without You". But this is effectively balanced out by the more genuine-sounding "Last to Know".
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Something Adam Gontier seemed to be very fond of while singing, to the point of it almost being a signature sound of his. Pick a song off any album during his time with the band and you'll most likely find him shouting during the chorus.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Lost In You, probably because it lacks a significantly sombre mood.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: One possible interpretation of Animal I Have Become. Many AMV of this song in youtube subscribe to this interpretation.
- 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".
- It's the point of the whole One-X album.