Saint Asonia is thought of as a hard rock 'super group.' The reason for this is because every member has come from a very well known musical background. The band consists of, drummer Rich Beddoe, formerly in Finger Eleven, bassist Corey Lowery, who has been in several bands, including Still Rain, Stuck Mojo, Switched, Stereomud, Eye Empire, and Dark New Day, lead guitarist, Mike Mushok, who was in Staind, and then finally, front man, Adam Gontier, who was formerly in Three Days Grace.
The band formed in mid to late 2014, and released their debut, self titled album on July 31, 2015. The album appears to have only reached US charts, and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200. The lead single was, "Better Place", though its most definitely not the best song on the album. To see what we think is the best one, click here to read a review we wrote not long after the album was released.
The band made their debut live at the 9th annual Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH. They opened the festival, and introduced themselves with tracks like, "Fairy Tale", "Let Me Live My Life" and "Better Place", which are all featured on the album. Prior to this, the only song that was known to the world was, "Better Place." The band also played "I Hate Everything About You", which is a hit from the early Three Days Grace days, and "Mudshovel" from Staind.
Adam and Mike did an interview at Rock On The Range, where someone asked them where their name came from. Adam was quoted saying, "The word 'asonia' kind of means to be tone deaf to certain sounds." He also went on to say its a reminder to block out all of the things people are saying and living your life the way you want to. Its definitely something everyone may want to keep in mind.
Their growth has been somewhat slow, surprisingly, but as they keep touring, they will keep growing. They're picking up touring a lot this year, and will be performing with bands like Disturbed, Alter Bridge and Breaking Benjamin all over the US. They also will be playing a ton of big festivals coming up such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, 98.9 The Rock's Rockfest, Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, WTFEST, Rockfest in Cadott, WI,and Heavy Montreal this year. And that's just what we know about so far! Most of the festivals are happening this may, but a couple go all the way through August. Be sure to check out all of the respective websites for more information, along with Saint Asonia's official website for normal tour information and more.
We personally are very much so looking forward to seeing them at Fort Rock 2016, and are sincerely hoping to sit down and speak with them. Stay tuned to see what happens there!
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