X Fest 2016 brings Saint Asonia to the Treasure Valley. The quartet finds former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier spreading his wings in a new direction and teaming up with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, and bassist Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Eye Empire, Dark New Day). Drummer Rich Beddoe squares off the line-up that most refer to as a supergroup. The band’s self-titled debut album launched last summer. Despite the “supergroup” tag, Gontier is quick to point out that they are not going to be a one off band. There will be more albums to come. In fact, after this summer’s tour, Mushok has stated the band hopes to return to the studio to begin work on their sophomore effort.
The band will perform alongside Breaking Benjamin, Avatar, Shaman’s Harvest, Stitched Up Heart and Traitors Gate at this year’s 2016 X Fest on Friday, August 26 at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa. They will go on right after Avatar. Gates open at 3pm; show starts at 4pm. Tickets are still available.
Saint Asonia was born when Mushok began working on new music and reached out to Gontier to help him out. Their former bands had both toured together frequently. The two had a natural chemistry, and the band developed further when Mushok contacted Lowery with whom he had likewise toured previously. Beddoe, who is also a friend, got a similar call to join. Gontier called the process of the band coming together as “super organic.”
Gontier’s music with Saint Asonia comes from a fresh perspective than that of his time in Three Days Grace. The singer grew up writing those songs and they represent his former self. Now a grown man in a flourishing relationship, his perspective is different, which has changed his songwriting overall. While Adam admits he is in a happier place these days, he continues to use his music as a cathartic release for his emotions.
The name Saint Asonia is tongue-in-cheek, as asonia means tone-deaf. Gontier shared that one of the guys threw “saint” in front to give it a better sound.
The debut record was produced by Johnny K (Pop Evil, Megadeth, Sevendust) at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago. The Saint Asonia sound captures elements of the band’s previous projects, but their unique chemistry has evolved into something new. Ultimately, one could simply call it modern hard rock.
Aside from the debut album, Saint Asonia also recently released a cover of Phil Collin’s “I Don’t Care Anymore”, which can be heard below.