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Three Days Grace has new energy after singer change

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Canada's Three Days Grace has come back nicely after being "blindsided" by frontman Adam Gontier`s departure in early 2013.

The group is going strong with My Darkest Days' Matt Walst, and "Painkiller," its first single with the new singer, became TDG's 12th No. 1 hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. "I think any feeling of the band being off track didn't last too long," says bassist Brad Walst, Matt's brother -- who was actually having lunch with his sibling when he got the call about Gontier's defection. "As soon as Matt kind of stepped in and took the reins as the singer, it clicked. He's getting better and better and people just love him, and the live shows are proof.

"We've done probably over 120 shows now with Matt, and we've just had a lot of fun, man. And organically we started writing with Matt last year, and it's really cool. It's been a great progression. It's exciting for us."

While the quartet is on the road throughout the summer, Walst says it's already deep into making a new album, working regularly in the studio in Toronto with producer Gavin Brown. The bassist describes the set as "pretty aggressive," and more straightforward than 2012`s more experimental "Transit of Venus."

"We've got a lot, man. We've been writing on-stop and recording a lot," says Walst "We have a good 10 songs, probably, recorded. We're almost done with this record. We have another couple months to d it in this studio and we're done with this thing. It'll hopefully be out by early next year."

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Friday, July 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave

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