MPR: Congrats on the release of Human! This is a pretty big deal for you guys seeing as it's your first album with Matt. Do you guys feel as though this is your way of kind of telling the world that Three Days Grace are here for good?
Brad: I think so, yeah you know this record took us longer than we thought cause we toured a lot during the process of it which we;ve never done before. We recorded in Toronto this time so basically every time we got home we'd go into the studio and we'd record what we just wrote on the wrote so I think you know Matt's been touring with us for a few years now and I think it's pretty evident that he's the guy for the job. We're excited yeah, he did a pretty great job, he's definitely part of the team and he gets it. We're super excited for people to hear the songs.
MPR: Aside from spending time doing press today are you guys gonna do anything to celebrate the release?
Brad: I dunno that's a good question, we should do something right?
MPR: Yeah why not!
Brad: I think we'll have a few drinks later, we've got a pretty busy day. We'll go soundcheck and stuff down at the Highline and then we'll have to have a party later for sure.
MPR: What would you say the overall theme of the album is and what do you want your fans to get out of this record?
Brad: Well this record is a pretty personal record. We've obviously been through a lot of ups and downs over the last few years and I think this record really reflects that. I think the title kinda explains that. We finished the record and then we were searching for a name and Human just kinda fit cause there's a lot of different human emotions on the record and a lot of struggles with just being human in general, I think that's definitely a common thread. It definitely has an old school Three Days Grace sound, I think that has a lot to do with just going back to the basics and working again with Gavin Brown, our producer from the first record and he also had a huge part in One-X so that alone just gave it that old school Three Days Grace sound and I think people are gonna dig that.
MPR: Even with the old Three Days Grace sound I feel like you've evolved a lot musically with this record. You added a lot of guitar solos, there's a lot of technical sounding distortion that's featured, is that something you wanted to experiment with on this record or did it just happen naturally?
Brad: Yeah definitely with songs like "Human Race" that we definitely experimented with. That was a song where it kind of just happened and it's not your typical arrangement for Three Days Grace to end with a guitar solo on a song but Barry was pretty happy about that. Yeah I think you're right though, there are some really interesting sounds and we really experimented a lot with sounds in general, different tones, and we added a lot of keyboard parts, having Dani in the band live now makes a big difference and having him around to experiment with keyboards and stuff definitely adds to the songs, for sure.
MPR: Matt's been writing with the band since the beginning, but this is the first time he's been involved 100%. What do you think he brought to the table to help you guys grow?
Brad: Matt, he's my brother obviously, but he's a good guy, he's been watching us grow and he knows what all the old songs are about. He's been through all of the ups and downs and all the hardships that we've been through as a band and I think he's definitely a very emotional guy and I think he brought a lot of emotion to the table. Having that new fire with Three Days Grace it definitely started a fire. We really worked well together. Right off the bat he came in with "Painkiller", he was like man I've got this idea, here's the chorus. That was literally two years ago so right away we just started writing, it just happened naturally for us. Obviously Matt is a co-writer on a couple of songs on the first record and he co-wrote a song on Transit of Venus so he's no stranger to writing with us, and it was really great chemistry. He brought a lot of energy to Three Days Grace.
MPR: Is there a song on the record that was really easy to write and just came naturally? And which was the hardest?
Brad: Yeah, I'd say "I Am Machine". It came in like an afternoon. We got together and had a few beers, I think we were in Nashville just hanging out and yeah it came litereally in a few hours we had that song, what you hear on the record is what we did. That was one of the easiest and one of the coolest, I think it's one of my favourites. Hardest song.. wow.. "Car Crash" I'm gonna say. It went through the ringer a few times. I think we probably recorded that song about 5 or 6 times and went back to the original version for the record, so I guess that's the problem with having a lot of time. It took two years to record and I think being on the road and then coming back and recording then going back on the road you have a lot of time to reflect and sometimes question yourself.
MPR: You've got so many songs in your catalog now, is it getting difficult to balance the set list with new material, older songs, and singles that you have to play?
Brad: Sometimes yeah, it's definitely hard. I always love playing the songs that nobody expects to hear, but it's a hard thing to do because people wanna hear the songs they know from the radio and stuff so I dunno yeah, it's definitely getting harder, we've got to pick and choose carefully.
MPR: Are there any songs that you miss playing live?
Brad: That I miss playing? I love playing "Get Out Alive", I miss playing that one. "Take Me Under" is one of my favourites too, we used to play that one a lot for a few years. Definitely some of the, I guess you call them B-Sides. Maybe someday we'll do a B-Sides tour and play the songs that aren't on the radio.
MPR: There have been quite a few bands recently choosing a city and then playing through each of their albums in their entirety each night, is that something that you guys would consider?
Brad: Hmm yeah I've seen a few bands do that. That'd be fun, especially for this record cause Matt is obviously a huge part of this record I think it'd be awesome to do Human from front to back. That'd be really cool
MPR: You've spent the last few weeks rocking South America, you don't get a chance to play overseas very often. What's the atmosphere like there compared to your usual North American shows?
Brad: South America is pretty crazy. The fans are just fanatics, they love music, so it's definitely, I dunno, I guess it's a bit more of a different vibe from the crowd. I find that down there they hang out outside your hotel and they find you wherever you are. Not so much here, we can walk around anywhere in America and I don't think anyone would recognize us but down there I think they're just a little bit more fanatic. The shows are great, they're really cool people and I'm hoping to go back soon.
MPR: It seeems as though you guys are on the road nonstop, what are your touring plans for the rest of the year?
Brad: After this we're gonna take 4 or 5 days off and then head to California for a few weeks. And then after that I think we're going to Europe, we're doing some cool places in Europe where we've never been, Poland, Lithuania which will be crazy, and Germany. Some really cool places so that's gonna be exciting. Then we come back and do a string of shows in the states, we're adding in Buffalo I think. I think we go from Donnington, UK, to Buffalo. So we're just gonna do some shows in the states and keep bouncing around, there's a lot of festivals and stuff going on and then hopefully a full fledged US tour in the fall.
MPR: Awesome! So I asked fans for some questions, this one is from Mike Streer: Before Transit of Venus was released you said it was your best album yet. Would you say Human is now your best album yet?
Brad: I think it's one of my favourites definitely. I think it matches One-X, it's up there. I just think that the overall sound and songwriting is up there and I think it's gonna be one of my favourites for sure.
MPR: And another from JR Wyatt: If you could share the stage with one musician, who would it be and why?
Brad: Ooh that's a tough one. I mean my favourite band for a long time has been the Deftones, so I'd love to share the stage with them, they get me fired up pretty good, more than any other band.
MPR: Just a few random questions and then we'll let ya go. If a movie were made about your life, what would the title be?
Brad: Oh man.. that's a tough question. What would the title be... The Mediator.
MPR: Do you do a lot of mediating?
Brad: I've done a lot of mediating in my life yeah.
MPR: So we've got April Fools Day tomorrow, have you got any tricks planned?
Brad: Shit I forgot it was April Fools Day. No but I'll guess I'll have to think of some.
MPR: What's the best trick that's been played on you then?
Brad: Oh man.. There was a good one on me a couple of years ago and he got me good, I can't remember it though. We always play tricks on our crew and stuff so thanks for reminding me. Especially Chris Zakoor, our tour manager, we always get him on April Fools, we'll have to get him good.
MPR: I remember a few years ago you guys went all out for it with Breaking Benjamin and Seether. You were dressed in drag and there was a lot of silly string.
Brad: Yeah that was such a great tour, I keep thinking back to that, such a fun time. We should do it again now that they're back.