SAINT ASONIA, the hard rock band featuring former THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier and STAIND guitarist/founding member Mike Mushok, will release a new EP, “Introvert”, on July 1 via Spinefarm. The official music video for the EP’s first single, “Above It All”, directed by Justin Reich, can be seen below.
“‘Above It All’ is about rising above all the chaos, negativity, judgment and living the life you want to, not the life that is expected of you by others,” says Gontier. “The song was written during the first lockdown in Canada after COVID hit. None of us had ever been through anything like this in our lifetimes and no one really knew how we as a society should act and deal with a global pandemic. I really felt it gave people a great opportunity to search inside themselves about how best to deal with these crazy circumstances and choose how they want to live their lives coming out of this.”
The EP also features the band’s well-received cover of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”, which arrived last year.
The quartet — rounded out by Cale Gontier (bass) and Cody Watkins (drums — has perfected a fusion of gut-punching grooves, intricate fretwork, airtight songwriting, and soaring choruses.
SAINT ASONIA sparked into life eight years ago when Gontier and Mushok 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”.
Given the pedigree and profile of the musicians involved — they are collectively responsible for 28 Top 10 U.S. rock radio hits, including 17 No. 1s — the demand was immediately there for SAINT ASONIA to take to the road. Following an inaugural main stage appearance at Rock On The Range in 2015, the band set off on U.S. amphitheater tours with BREAKING BENJAMIN and DISTURBED.
In Europe, they guested on an arena run with MÖTLEY CRÜE, visiting the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, and Finland, as well as playing several dates in Russia and Eastern Europe. As a consequence, Gontier has been back to the region for extensive solo acoustic shows.
SAINT ASONIA “Introvert” EP track listing:
01. Above It All
02. Better Late Than Never
03. Chew Me Up
04. So What
05. Left Behind
06. Bite the Bullet
07. Blinding Lights