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The Good Life
It’s that genuineness, along with emotional themes underscored by their explosive sound and that has led Three Days Grace to rock stardom. Their 2003 self-titled debut spawned three hit singles, “I Hate Everything About You,” which reached #2 on the Mediabase Modern Rock chart and went Top 5 on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock chart. “Just Like You” climbed to #1 on both the Mediabase Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, while “Home” peaked at #2 on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock chart. One-X debuted on the Billboard album chart at #5 and produced three #1 Mediabase Mainstream Rock singles: “Animal I’ve Become,” “Pain” and “Never Too Late.” In 2007, Mediabase ranked the band as the #1 artist in airplay across all rock formats (Modern Rock, Active Rock, Mainstream Rock). Also that year, R&R/Billboard ranked Three Days Grace as the #1 Active Rock Artist of the Year, #1 Rock Artist of the Year, and #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Artist of the Year. Both Three Days Grace and One-X have been certified platinum by the RIAA and the band has sold more than six million albums worldwide. In 2008, they wrapped up more than two years of touring in the U.S., where they shared stages with fellow rockers Nickelback, Staind, Seether, and Breaking Benjamin.
Now Three Days Grace are looking forward to following up those successes with Life Starts Now, which was released by Jive Records on September 22, 2009. “I’m curious to see how people respond to it and what songs they relate to,” Gontier says. “Music is emotion for us,” adds Walst. “We’re just trying to trust our own gut. If the four of us feel something while we’re playing it, then we hope our fans relate and feel the same.”
“Even though we wanted this album to be different, there’s a lot that hasn’t changed,” says Sanderson. “We still use music as a way to release emotion. The other thing that hasn’t changed is the best part of it all: getting up on stage and killing it in front of 20,000 people!”