Three Days Grace
March 27, 2005
Barry Stock, Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?

Neil: It’s good. I mean it’s cool to see a country that’s not the easiest country to go out and play because there’s not many places to play
and it’s spread out. To be able to make it on a global level and take it outside of your country is really cool. There’s a lot of music right now
that is coming from Canada. There has always been that but, I think the reason is bands that get to the U.S. to tour, basically have already
paid their dues in Canada so they’re a little more solid than the average band. Maybe that’s why Canadian bands are doing so well.
Brad: I think a lot of Canadian bands are more unique then American. You find that there’s carbon copies of every genre in American, there’
s ten bands that sound exactly the same. Here it’s a little different, I think we just dare to be unique.

Katrina: What have you learned while touring?

Neil: You have to sleep at some point. I learned that early on.
Brad: Yeah we sleep a lot. We sleep thirteen hours a day.
Neil: Sometimes touring feels like your retired.

Katrina: Who are your musical influences growing up and have they changed?

Brad: We grew up on a lot of stuff. Like classic rock. We grew up in a small town so we had this classic rock station and that was the only
station we could get. Kim Mitchell, just a bunch of shit like that.
Neil: Did you say Kim Mitchell?
Brad: Yeah, Barry’s a big fan of Kim Mitchell.
Barry: That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.
Brad: “Patio Of Lanterns”, you know what song, that’s his favorite song.
Neil: Might as well “Go For A Soda”, all that stuff. “I Am A Wild Party”.
Brad: I don’t know, I like a lot of grunge stuff. STP, Sound Garden, Guns N’ Roses.

Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?

Neil: We basically write everything on a acoustic guitar and take it from there. Basically start acoustically and then add electricity to it. If it
sounds good on acoustic it’s a good song regardless of how heavy it’s going to be. But we do all the writing on the bus. I mean we do a
lot of traveling outside of North America and stuff and you get to places like that and it tends to trigger creativity. Now actually right after
we’re done this tour we’re staying in Vancouver and we’re just going to start recording some pieces and kind of write while recording and
just do a bunch of stuff at once. We try not to over-think how we’re going to go about it. We just procrastinate and hope for the best.

Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play? (Outdoor, club...)

Brad: I like outdoor. Especially in the summertime.
Barry: Outdoor now is not so sweet, not so fun.
Neil: Did we play outdoors here?
Brad: We did the Evanescence thing, when was that?
Neil: No that wasn’t here. What’s the other arena here?
Katrina: This is the only one.
Brad: We played the Overdrive. Small clubs are cool too. There just a little more intense, more sweaty, dirty. It’s true, it’s cool.
      
Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Neil: I’m trying to think. I don’t know, there’s so many. We don’t really get embarrassed, I don’t know. I’m not really the embarrassed type.
Brad: I can’t remember. Probably because I was drunk most of the time.
Barry: Probably should have been embarrassed but wasn’t.
Brad: Probably did some embarrassing things last night but can’t remember.

Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?

Brad: I think Brazil was one for most people. We played this festival of 20,000 people and two nights on and it was just insane. People
jumping up and down, chanting. They just love music over there. Very passionate about everything. It was cool. It was in Rio De Janerio, it
was awesome.

Katrina: What’s the nicest or craziest thing a fan has done for you?

Neil: There’s these fans, well there’s the super-fans. We have the super-fans and there’s the kind of weird fans. We’re talking about people
specifically. There’s two girls that have been to 45 shows, something like that.
Brad: Yeah all over America, well here too.
Neil: They’ve come to Canada, they’ve come all over North America, it’s crazy.
Brad: And they’re always the first ones in line and front and center, every show.
Neil: Then we started seeing them. We’d go out for a beer afterwards and they’d be in the corner. That’s when it started getting weird. Then
we got weird fans, it’s a father and daughter and they fly all over the place, like they’ve been to the four-corners of the States to go to our
show.
Brad: And it’s always on a Tuesday.
Neil: They were in New York, L.A., Vegas, Florida, Louisiana and he’s like 45. I think they’re doing some serious e-bay business.
Brad: They always have symbols and shirts. I think the coolest thing was in Washington. We played a show in Washington D.C. at the
Canadian embassy for 150 people from the embassy came out. They were up in the balcony and it was during our last song “I Hate
Everything About You” and they had this 90-foot Canadian flag, and they threw it over the balcony and it draped down so that’s all you
could see from the stage was this massive Canadian flag. That was really cool.

Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?

Barry: Burn.
Neil: I’m liking this new one we’re playing. We’re playing a new one tonight. Doesn’t really have a name. “Disco Stew”.
Brad: I like “Home”.

Katrina: What song gets the best response?

Brad: I guess “Hate” still gets a good response.
Neil: It’s pretty mixed. Like people know the record now so it’s not like people just know one or two songs so it’s spread out. At first it was
obviously the radio singles because they’re the most familiar, after a while you get, the records been out for almost two years so people
have awareness of different songs.

Katrina: What was your favorite video to do?

Brad: “Home” I think. That was pretty cool. It was in an abandoned hall or building and it looked like a bomb hit it. Pretty dusty and dirty, it
was just cool. Good vibe.
Neil: Asbestos in the lungs and shit.
Brad: Yeah everybody had a mask on except for the band. Yeah it was pretty dirty, it was fun.

Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?

Barry: Neil.
Brad: I don’t know, I think Neil. Barry’s been some trouble before.
Neil: I’m more consistent. My consistency is a lot higher. It’s more everyday.
Barry: Yeah I’m spread out.

Katrina: What’s one thing you can’t tour without?

Brad: Advil.
Barry: Playstation.

Katrina: What’s your favorite game?

Barry: Ghost Recon.
Brad: One or two?
Barry: I still prefer one.

Katrina: What artist would you like to tour or work with?

Neil: Well I used to say Slash but now we’re touring with him so I have to say Tool. Tool would be pretty good.
Brad: I’d like to tour with The Deftones. That would be cool.
Barry: Yeah.

Katrina: What do you like to do to prepare for a show?

Brad: We usually just chill out for half an hour before. Everyone’s got their own warm-up. Jump around, have a few drinks, smoke.
Neil: That’s about it.
Brad: A lot of stretching, important otherwise you’ll be all cripple the next day.
Neil: I like to run a quarter-mile before, a couple laps around the arena. You might see me on the upper deck tonight.

Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?

Neil: I don’t know. It was an accounting term from Brad.
Brad: I heard it from school. It seem to fit our style a bit. Sense of urgency, three days grace period. Whether you’re gonna get wacked in
those three days, or you’re house taken away. It’s that kind of feeling.
Neil: You got three days before you get wacked. That’s what the name means.

Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?

Brad: I think just keep playing everywhere and whenever you can.
Neil: And buy some real gear. Good equipment is important. Goes a long way. Get a lighting guy before anything else because you can
hide a lot of stuff with lights. You’d be surprised. Lighting guy is key. Just don’t get a lippy one.