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Three Days Grace Prepping Next Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Canadian rockers Three Days Grace are happy with their latest album, 2006’s “One-X,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, has gone platinum and launched the rock radio hits “Animal I Have Become,” “Pain” and “Never Too Late.”

But at this point, guitarist

Barry Stock

says the band is ready to start honing in on its third album.

Stock, 33, says the group plans to hit the studio later this year. He guesses there are about a half-dozen songs ready as well as “tons of other stuff that has to be completed. We’ve got a little recording rig set up on the bus, so we’re always throwing down ideas and songs and stuff.

“We’re actually in better shape than we were the last time, when we came off (the road) to do ‘One-X’ — a little more ahead of the game, actually. Hopefully that means we’ll get back out a lot quicker.”

The new material runs a gamut, according to Stock, though he says that an overall sound “is probably hard to pinpoint right now. It’s gonna be a Three Days Grace record for sure, but we’re trying to do stuff outside of the box. We have some stuff that’s heavier and a little more intricate; at the same time, on the complete other end, we have some ballads that take us a lot further in that route. So we’re trying to open up a little more.”

Before that, however, the group may release a concert DVD. The group records the audio portion of each concert, and there are plans to hire a film crew to document a few shows and to gather some additional footage.

“We may do some acoustic stuff as well,” Stock says. “People ask us all the time about doing acoustic stuff; they love when we go into radio stations and break it down. So it’d be cool maybe to mix up the regular live show and a couple of acoustic tracks and put it out that way.”

Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday (March 21) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $35. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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