January 27, 2015

Three Days Grace has revealed that the band’s fifth studio album will be called Human and will arrive on March 31st.

The announcement comes just as the first single, “I Am Machine,” tops the rock radio chart and gives the Canadian act its 13th Number One track on the survey. That breaks Three Days Grace’s own record of 12 chart-toppers, the most at the format, which includes “Painkiller,” “Misery Loves My Company,” “Chalk Outline,” “World So Cold,” “Animal I Have Become” and “Home.”

Shinedown and Three Days Grace

Drummer Neil Sanderson said about the latest single, “Sonically, we wanted to create a ‘machine-like’ sound in parts of the song. We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands . . . relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate. Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape . . . you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion.”

Human will follow up 2012’s Transit Of Venus.

Drummer Neil Sanderson said Matt fit naturally into the way that Three Days Grace writes songs: “You know, we’ve always been a big collaborative band and in fact, you know, Matt had some co-writing on our first Three Days Grace album in 2003 as well as Transit Of Venus and obviously on this new body of work that we’ve got. So in that way it was kind of natural to kind of just keep the guitars rolling and keep writing and do what we’ve always done, and here we are today.”

Sanderson said about the new album, “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other . . . we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”

  • Three Days Grace’s next U.S. date is at the Northern Invasion festival in Somerset, Wisconsin on May 9th.

Story photo: Mary Ouellette,