Saint Asonia shouldn’t need an introduction. Their members have been hard rock mainstays in bands such as Three Days Grace and Staind, and that powerful and iconic energy is easily recognisable in Saint Asonia’s sound. By turning inward, Saint Asonia amplify every element of their signature sound. Skyscraping hooks soar higher, while arena-ready rhythms rattle harder. The guitars cut deeper, and the lyrics resound louder than ever. The quartet — Adam Gontier [vocals, guitar], Mike Mushok [lead guitar], Cale Gontier [bass], and Cody Watkins [drums]— find power and strength on their aptly titled 2022 EP, “Introvert”
“Introvert”, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2019 album “Flawed Design”, is a 7-track EP that boasts anthemic studium-ready tracks, ready to be gulped down by any rock fan. Even a sneaky little cover of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” makes it onto this EP, and it’s nothing short of a pleasant surprise.
“The title was fitting with the way the songs were written,” observes Adam. “We wrote and recorded individually. It’s a weird situation to make a record and not be in the same room as your band. I felt like an Introvert when I was working on these songs.” This time around, they recorded with producer Anton Delost [Cleopatrick, Seaway, Hollow Coves] outside of Toronto. The producer injected a fresh perspective into the project as did recently welcomed drummer Cody (who played in Art of Dying with Cale). Meanwhile, Mike recorded remotely from his home studio in Connecticut.”
“We had a blast with Anton,” Adam goes on. “He played a big part in the sonic changes. It’s a little different for us, but it’s still pretty heavy. He understood what we were hoping to accomplish. It’s Saint Asonia.”
In the end, Saint Asonia connect closer than ever on “Introvert.” “This band means a lot to me,” Adam leaves off. “It’s been an incredible outlet, and it’s become a family. I love the guys and the freedom we have to create. I couldn’t ask for a better situation. I hope people dig it and love the music. If you relate to it and drive down the road blasting it, that’s the most I could ask for.”
To jump further into the EP, Sonic Perspectives writer Josh Muncke hung out with vocalist Adam Gontier to explore the themes within “Introvert”, and to talk about the writing process compared to a Covid-free world back in 2019. Listen to their chat below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.