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Nickelback experiments with new sound on No Fixed Address

Although the band do not have any scheduled tour dates in the capital, one man is raising money to make sure that it stays that way.
Although the band do not have any scheduled tour dates in the capital, one man is raising money to make sure that it stays that way. INM

NICKELBACK experimented with new sounds on its latest album, No Fixed Address.

The band slowed down from its usual pace of putting in 12-hour days in the studio for weeks on end.

"There would be moments when you are sitting, banging your head against a wall," guitarist and vocalist Ryan Peake said.

"You'd be thinking 'this sucks. I don't like this. I don't want to be here'."

Instead, the Canadian band would spend 10 days getting one or two tracks down and then take a break.

"We would work on stuff individually while we were at home," he told APN.

Peake said the objective was to look at songs in a new way and then go back into the recording studio.

There has been some criticism of the band's new album, with long-time fans saying they felt the band had lost its way.

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Nickelback plays the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on May 20.

Even lead guitarist Mike Kroeger admits the idea of Nickelback working with Flo Rida at first was "one bridge too far".

However, Peake was more comfortable with the idea.

The song, Got Me Runnin' Round hit the cutting room floor during work on their previous album Here and Now.

Peake said a friend who was working with Flo Rida played it for the rapper, who liked it and wanted to work with the band on it.

Kroeger, who is still moved by the band's roots in rock music (naming Queens of Stone Age, math metal and Slipnot as some of the music he likes to listen to), defended the band's decision to "keep it fresh".

"(But) it's sometimes good to be a little bit apprehensive to do something a little too far from your normal thing," he said.

When asked if the band would go back to the sound of their early albums, Kroeger simply remarked the band doesn't plan albums ahead of time.

"You sort of see what comes out. Sometimes you keep ideas. Sometimes you don't."

For Peake, the creative journey is different every time - sometimes starting with a riff, sometimes one word.

"I love that because it's not premeditated," he said.

As for their shows, Kroeger said the band gets together with a show designer before a tour to map out what fans will experience.

"The fire and all that stuff (from our 2006 tour) was our influence," he said.

"We have a pyro company we work closely with, which had worked with Pantera and Ozzy Osbourne."

Kroeger said the band was looking forward to the challenge of getting every aspect of album opener Million Miles an Hour right.

He said it was one of his favourite tracks from the album and the most challenging song to record.

"It's a hard song to play," Kroeger said.

"I want it to come off bigger than on the album."

What is it like to be on the road as one of the world's most popular bands?

Peake put it down to two simple words: Groundhog Day.

"You get up... You stumble out of our bus. You find the right door. You look for catering. You get your coffee. You get your exercise for the day. You do some sets in the afternoon.

"One hour before the show, you head to the dressing room and have a couple of beers… and you hope everything goes (right)."

But it's not all about writing, performing and touring.

Kroeger said he likes a bit of a rush in life: scuba diving, martial arts, car racing.

"I would like to learn how to fly a helicopter," he said.

"I am planning on jumping out of an aeroplane."

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