Rumbling out of the small town of Norwood, Ontario, Canada, Three Days Grace members Adam Gontier (vocals/guitar), Brad Walst (bass) and Neil Sanderson (drums) were all still in high school when they formed the band in 1997. They played a variety of unusual gigs and venues (including, reportedly, opening for a film) in their hometown before moving to Toronto and securing a contract with Jive Records, which released their self-titled debut in 2003. Three Days Grace spawned hit singles "I Hate Everything About You" and "Just Like You," and the band embarked on a grueling tour schedule that kept them on the road for much of the next couple of years, adding guitarist Barry Stock to boost their sound. They returned to the studio for 2006's One-X, containing another hit single in "Animal I Have Become." They've spent the summer of '06 touring as openers for Staind and Nickelback.
Three Days Grace's brand of angry, heavy rock is by no means original, but we'll be darned if there isn't something about their angst-metal isn't somehow more compelling than many of their peers. Maybe it's the brutal simplicity of a song like "Just Like You," which states "you're wrong if you think I'll be just like you" with an irresistible anthemic quality. Or perhaps it's the high gloss production sheen and distorted vocals of "Pain," which reminds us of the time-honored saw that one would "rather feel pain than nothing all."