Wave of Popular Feeling

150 copies of this record were made; try eBay?
Release date: unknown, 1995
Genre: rock, punk, alternative
Now known as: Three Days Grace

These are the days before Barry Stock, when the mysterious Phil Crowe and Joe Grant were around. This record was also released prior to Trevor McNevan's association with the band. A few years ago, the album was nowhere to be found, but these tracks have since made their way onto YouTube.

"Stare": Allegedly the third single of the album, the song that comes to mind is Green Day's "When I Come Around". This isn't a bad thing, as the two are completely different and great compositions in their own right. This song happens to be the toned-down mellow song that can be found in every band's repertoire.

"In The Sand": Three Days Grace is one of those bands that would not suffer from recording their actual backing vocalists. If I'm not mistaken, Neil Sanderson does provide parts in the studio, but they're no longer as obvious as what can be heard on this track. Brad always sounds fantastic in live performance's of "Pain" as well.

"Weatherman": A powerful, driven song. There is a repetitive snap cycle of dynamics throughout the verses, while the chorus sounds uncharacteristically joyful.

"Chronic": Another very classic rock-sounding song. Their characteristic minimalized song structure is a noticeable change from these grungier days. They've taken on the "neo-grunge" as defined by fellow musicians, Nickelback.

"Eddie": The most radio-friendly song on the album, I can understand it being the lead single. I wonder who this Eddie is? Not his son, of course. It must've made for a fantastic acoustic performance back in the day.

"Snatch": I really love the opening. The first line kills the track, though- "All I see is legs"? Really? If they were going for that strip club imagery, I don't think they succeeded. If they were going for that amused look on my face, they got it. Funny guys, they are.

"Wave of Popular Feeling": The title track has an immediate punk feel to it; the Nirvana influence is obvious. (Adam will like to know that theEdge recently played commercials with "The Good Life" clipped between "Closer" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit".)

"S.O.B.": Lyrics on this song seem ad-libbed; they're so unlike TDG that they make me suspect other lyricists contributed.

"Posion Ivy": I trust you- I trust you and your potential. The climbing bridge is the highlight of this song. It's quite contagious, you could crash a party to it.

"On This Flight": This is the part of the album where the songs sound very similar to one another. As a filler, it's catchy but doesn't stand out like anything special. I like the distant guitar sound.

"Greedy Room": The one thing that hasn't particularly impressed me is the songwriting. Did William Golding's Lord of the Flies play into this? A good progression from those dead end lyrics, though; one thing the band is praised for is being straightforward and relatable.

The production is (expected to be) a step down; the echo is heavy on the vocals and the mixing could've been smoother. Some pretty sick riffs are employed in the album, recorded by the two previously mentioned guitarists that are no longer with the band. Favourite track? "Wave of Popular Feeling".

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