New Rock 'Supergroup' SAINT ASONIA Performs Live For First Time; Video Available
May 18, 2015
SAINT ASONIA, the new rock "supergroup" led by former THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier, with the rest of the group consisting of STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, ex-FINGER ELEVEN drummer Rich Beddoe and journeyman bassist Corey Lowery, made its live debut this past Saturday, May 16 at the Rock On The Range festival at MAPFRE Stadium (formerly Crew Stadium) in Columbus. Video footage of the band's performance can be seen below.
Speaking about the formation of SAINT ASONIA, which also features ex-FINGER ELEVEN drummer Rich Beddoe and journeyman bassist Corey Lowery, Adam told the Boise, Idaho radio station 100.3 The X Rocks: "Basically, when I left my old band, Mike was one of the first guys to reach out and say, 'Hey.' Mike's always writing music and that sort of thing, and I just basically asked if he wanted to get together and do some writing, and so we did. And we didn't really have the intention of necessarily creating a band or making a record or anything like that; it was just to get together and just creatively make some music. It turned out the writing process went really well — we wrote fifteen songs — and we made a record and here are we. We've got a band."
Mushok also spoke about SAINT ASONIA's forthcoming debut album, which is tentatively due this summer. He said: "I'm super proud of the way the record came out. I think it definitely exceeded what we were trying to accomplish; we definitely did it. I mean, the record kind of runs the gamut — there's some pretty heavy stuff, and there's a couple of songs on there that are just beautiful songs."
SAINT ASONIA's CD was helmed by acclaimed rock producer Johnny K, who has previously worked with DISTURBED, MEGADETH, STAIND and SEVENDUST, among others. A single, "Better Place", has just been released digitally via Spotify and iTunes.
Commenting on the "supergroup" tag that has been tossed around with regards to SAINT ASONIA, Gontier said: "Truth is we're more like refugees that just really hit it off creatively." Mushok added: "I was looking for a project to do while STAIND is on hiatus and the opportunity to work with Adam on writing and recording new music was something I just couldn't pass up."
Gontier has kept a low profile since leaving THREE DAYS GRACE in December 2012. The band replaced him with Matt Walst and recently release a new album called "Human".
Mushok's band, STAIND, has not released new music since 2011 and as of last December had no plans to return to the studio. Mushok played briefly in 2013 with ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted in his self-named band.
Beddoe exited FINGER ELEVEN in late 2013. The Canadian act recorded a new album late last year but release details are yet to be announced.
Lowery's resume includes stints with STUCK MOJO, SWITCHED, STEREOMUD, DARK NEW DAY and most recently EYE EMPIRE.
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