began bashing punk chords when they were in their teens, carving a derivative yet energetic sound that fueled their live performances.
(drums). The group was originally called
, a five-piece that lasted from 1992 until transforming to a trio five years later.
were raised in Norwood, and many of their songs were inspired by living in a place with a population of around 1,500. The bandmembers were still in high school when they had their first gig, and they performed anywhere that would accept them -- including opening for a movie.
Three Days Grace
eventually relocated to Toronto and were introduced to producer Gavin Brown
by their old manager. The band gave Brown
a private set, and he selected what he felt were the most promising tracks. The group then produced a demo for EMI Music Publishing Canada. With Brown
at the helm, Three Days Grace
recorded "(I Hate) Everything About You." The tune got them a publishing deal with EMI, and soon they were signed to Jive after being courted by the company's president. Brown
and Three Days Grace
were sent to a studio in Boston, Massachusetts, to start the group's debut album. The band completed its self-titled full-length in Woodstock, New York, at an isolated location free from big-city distractions. Heavily influenced by Kyuss
and Sunny Day Real Estate
, the dark, angst-ridden tales of small-town love and hate on Three Days Grace
brought the group a Next Big Thing tag. Three Days Grace
was released on July 22, 2003, by which time "(I Hate) Everything About You" was already a hit on alternative radio stations in Canada. The band toured extensively behind the record for the next two years as both a supporting act and headliners, but after a while, life on the road left the band, especially Gontier
, feeling isolated and alone. Consequently, this theme of disconnection -- coupled with the realization that one was, in fact, not alone -- would serve as the basis for their follow-up album. Getting back to their roots by writing the record in the Ontario countryside, One-X
was released in June 2006. The album, which hit number five on the Billboard Top 200, marked the recorded debut of the band's second guitarist, Barry Stock
. Three Days Grace
throughout the summer on dates alongside Staind
, and Nickelback
, while "Animal I Have Become" became a number one modern rock hit. In 2009, the group released its third full-length album, Life Starts Now
. After heading out on tour with bands like Nickelback
and Avenged Sevenfold, the band returned to the studio to record their fourth album, the more atmospheric, electronic-tinged Transit of Venus.