Saint Asonia— featuring vocalist Adam Gontier, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Sal Giancarelli — have joined forces with Spinefarm Records, a Universal Music Group label, on a worldwide basis.
At the moment, the musicians are gathered in an upstate New York studio working on a fresh set of songs with producer Brian Sperber (Alter Bridge, Staind). The full-length is planned for later this year.
“We’re very excited to share our new material with the world,” exclaims Adam Gontier. “Plus, we’re super happy to have signed with Spinefarm Records! It’s such a fantastic group of people there, and they’ve got a solid roster of incredible bands and musicians. Additionally, Spinefarm’s presence overseas is amazing, and for us, that’s a really big deal.”
Saint Asonia sparked into life four years ago when former Three Days Grace frontman Gontier and Staind guitarist/founding member Mike Mushok (also an important part of the Newsted setup in 2013) decided to turn their joint ambition to make music that is “raw, real, and straight from our hearts” into a new band and a fully-fledged studio outing.
The result was their acclaimed self-titled debut, released in 2015, which charted Top 10 in Canada and entered the Billboard U.S. Rock Albums chart at #2. The album was driven by the Top 10 radio tracks “Better Place” and “Let Me Live My Life,” as well as the high-concept video to the featured track “Fairy Tale.”
“This new album is a giant step forward for us in many ways,” says the frontman. “Of course, there’s those elements that have always been present in the music, like the heavy riffs and the vulnerability within the lyrics. But there’s also a completely new element that takes things to a different level. Our goal is to raise the bar on every record, so we’re incorporating a lot of different sounds and instruments on this one. For me, this is the best stuff I’ve written since 2005. I guess you’ll have to hear it to judge for yourself!”