We are left [refer to album art symbolism], in awe after our advanced streaming of Outsider, the 6th studio album premiere of multi-platinum legends: Three Days Grace from Ontario, Canada. Fans can Pre-order: Outsider on all formats here; out via RCA Records on March 9th.
Exclusively, we spoke with founding member and guitarist Barry Stock, regarding the anticipation for Outsider’s release.
As an introduction, the first single and newest music video, “The Mountain” dropped January 25th, 2018, accumulating already a shattering 4.5 million streams on YouTube. Review the Archives: "Three Days Grace New Music Video “The Mountain."
The second single teaser for Outsider is titled, ““I Am an Outsider;” it was published on YouTube last Friday, February 16th; already climbing the charts as well.
HRTV: “How would you best describe either your own or collective Three Days Grace feelings regarding the release of Outsider?”
Barry Stock: “Feeling excited; We took a year off away from the city; towards the lifestyle of how we all grew up; far from distractions to record this album.”
For context and comparison; In this interview with Guitar World, Barry had stated, “We did a lot of writing for [Human (2015)] while we were on the road.”
According to RCA, band members exclaim they wrote the content for Outsider collaborating around, “bonfires with acoustic guitars; tapping into the wild spirit surrounding them” on remote properties; incarnating the album quite literally as outsiders from the chaotic drift of city life.
HRTV: In a press quote by Neil Sanderson, Outsider was instrumentally inspired by the diverse cast of Nine Inch Nails (1988), White Zombie (1985), Bring Me The Horizon (2004), Lana Del Rey (2005) and the cult, dark-teen vampire classic: Lost Boys (1987) staged in a fictional city of California. Is this the band’s collective inspiration; or specific to Neil?
Barry: “We’re four different characters; we each have our own separate influences but when we were collectively discussing album themes, Outsider was one of our first ideas. The vampires in Lost Boys were outsiders; we find that [as a society] we’re all very different from each other and we need to be accepting of that; celebrating our differences and individuality. It’s O.K. to be different and to go against the grain; we should be judged on the content of our character and not by how we look like.”
Within my first advanced streaming of Outsider, my notes exactly paralleled research, writing that Metal, Rock, and Electronic seamlessly join together in the craft of the album. I found myself embodying the full-blown metal-dance-core progressions.
GIF from Film: "Lost Boys"; Directed By: Joel Schumacher
HRTV: The Outsider theme is transparent relating to the newest single released, “I am an Outsider;” and the album artwork portrays a compass indicating left (a motif of rebellion and straying away from pack-mentality). However, further tracks on the album struck different genres of what it means to be an Outsider; would you be keen to expand on this?
Barry: “Regarding Outsider themes, ‘The Mountain” is about getting up and moving forward [despite resistance]; one of my favorite tracks [unreleased] is about being righteous everyday; even if one doesn’t know where they’re going specifically. Another [unreleased] song speaks about seeing each other differently in a relationship than others do; an additional [unreleased] song inspires the theme to yell back and be bold.”
HRTV | Outsider Album Review | Situational & Emotional Descriptions:
Gif: "The Mountain" | Directed By: Sean L.T. Cartwright
HRTV: May we expect another Outsider music video soon?
Barry: “I Am an Outsider” (02.16.18) was a sneak peak; yes we have another music video in mind [no confirmation as to which song]; we’ll update.”
Since their inception, Three Days Grace have been pioneers towards featuring a broad range of emotional narratives and diverse cast (who sometimes sing along to the lyrics) in their music videos.
World reknown throwbacks include: “I Hate Everything About You”  and “Human Race” .
We’re anticipating everyone’s thoughts when Outsider is introduced to 2018 on March 9th; also let’s gear up for more accompanying Three Days Grace music videos!
Catch Three Days Grace on Tour:
Apr 20 2018 | Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98 Rockfest
Apr 21 2018 | Orlando, FL @ 101.1 WJRR Earthday Birthday
Apr 22 2018 | Charleston, SC @ WYBB 98 Rockfest
May 18 2018 | Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
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