Outsider is the sixth full-length album from multi-platinum Canadian band Three Days Grace and their latest since 2015's chart-topping Human. "To me, Outsider represents the journey to find your place," says bass player Brad Walst. "The world feels crazy at times. We try to get away from that every once in a while. We do our own thing, and we're comfortable doing it. We have always looked forward – and not backwards. That's an ongoing theme."
Forging a new path forward is exactly what the musicians did in the fall of 2016. Instead of congregating in a downtown Toronto rehearsal space, the band initially wrote in a converted garage behind Brad's house located two hours from the city. Eventually, the band retreated to Neil Sanderson's 90-acre farm to further hone ideas, and often sat around bonfires with acoustic guitars, tapping into the wild spirit surrounding them. As the songs took shape, the band headed to the Ontario's remote Jukasa Studios, and called upon longtime friends and collaborators including producers Gavin Brown and Howard Benso, engineer Mike Plotnikoff and Chris Lord-Alge on mixing duties, for an album that speaks directly to their army of fans from around the globe.
As much as it upholds tradition, Outsider represents progression for Three Days Grace. Marking his second offering as part of the band, Matt Walst showed "a new level of confidence and brought a ton of ideas," according to his brother Brad. Meanwhile, Sanderson expanded the signature electronic palette, integrating analog synths and standout programming with the help of Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Frontline Assembly). He casually nodded to electronic influences as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, Lana Del Rey, and a surprising cult classic, the movie Lost Boys.
Lead single "The Mountain" evinces that evolution. Those cinematic sonic flourishes augment arena-ready riffs before summiting towards a seismic refrain. And Billboard proclaims that follow-up single "I Am The Outsider" "...defines both the theme of Three Days Grace's upcoming album Outsider and the Canadian band's lyrical outlook in general."