Three Days Grace is in the early stages of working on its sixth studio album, which will follow up last year’s Human. In a new edition of his occasional guest column at Loudwire, drummer Neil Sanderson wrote about the beginning of the creative process for the band’s next effort, saying, “We are starting to really focus on the next album, which we’ve already started writing! So far we’re staying pretty heavy on this one. We all feel really inspired right now and we’re kinda at the stage where we throw down ideas on acoustic guitar, record them as voice memos, and then send them to each other to get a vibe and feedback from the other guys in the band.”

Sanderson told us a while back that the group has a simple method of writing its songs: [“You know, we basically still write at an acoustic level, so we kind of just sit with acoustic guitars and a couple of vocals and a hand drum and a piece of paper, you know, and we write that way. We still have the philosophy that a great song will translate on just a guitar and vocals, you know, and then sort of whatever flavor or whatever color you decide to paint it afterwards, it still supports the root of the song.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . of the song.)

  • Three Days Grace only has a handful of shows on its schedule this summer, in the U.S. and Japan.
  • Human debuted at Number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released at the end of March 2015.
  • The disc was the first for singer Matt Walst, who replaced original frontman Adam Gontier in 2013. It yielded two chart-topping singles in “Painkiller” and “I Am Machine.”
  • Three Days Grace’s touring cycle behind Human took the band to several countries it had never visited before, including Ukraine and Latvia.
SIDE NOTES: Three Days Grace recently created a page on its website called the “Fallen Angel Dedication Wall,” where people can leave a special dedication for someone they’ve lost. The page is named after the song “Fallen Angel,” which Neil Sanderson wrote about losing both his father and brother in the same year, leaving his mother to raise the rest of the family. Sanderson wrote about the page, “To see so many others truly relating to the lyrics of that song and sharing their thoughts and emotions honestly blows me away.” He also posted a video of his own tribute: