BW&BK scribe Aaron Small spoke exclusively with APOCALYPTICA’s Eicca Toppinen yesterday. The band is in Toronto to film a video for the song ‘I Don’t Care’ from their new album Worlds Collide. Adam Gontier from Toronto’s own 3 DAYS GRACE is the guest lead vocalist on ‘I Don’t Care’. Eicca explains how this collaboration came about.
“Actually we didn’t know of the band before. We were talking with our American record label because we used their contacts to get in touch with different artists we wanted to reach. We had the song ‘I Don’t Care’ and wanted to find a singer for it. Our European A&R suggested we check out 3 Days Grace. We liked Adam’s voice and style so much that we gave it a try. Sometimes it’s fun to work with people you didn’t know before who you accidentally meet. Adam was really willing to do it. Actually we’ve reworked the song. Adam originally recorded his vocals in the spring (of 2007) with our producer (Jacob Hellner), but Adam wasn’t entirely happy with the result. So a couple of weeks ago, Adam went to the studio with (3DG producer) Howard Benson to record a new version of the song. It’s really great. It will actually be on the US/Canadian edition (due in stores April 15th).”
As far as the concept of the video goes, “It’s going to be a bit freaky,” says Eicca. “It’ll be surrealistic in many ways, maybe a little bit in the spirit of Tim Burton. There’s acrobats, strange-looking people doing strange things. It’s going to be shot in an old house where nobody lives; it’s a big mansion. It’s really spooky. Of course, the director, Lisa Mann, is the only person who really knows at the moment, but it’s exciting for us. She really wants to bring out the people inside the band. It feels completely different. It has a really special look.”
‘I Don’t Care’ is the third video from Worlds Collide. The first, ‘I’m Not Jesus’ featured Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT and STONESOUR on vocals. Cristina Scabbia from LACUNA COIL sang on the second, ‘S.O.S. (Anything But Love)’. And according to Eicca, work on “an animated video for ‘Grace’ is already in progress.”