Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Was “Inspired to Try Different Things” on “No Fixed Address”

Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsFoo Fighters may have gotten a lot of attention for recording their new album, Sonic Highways, in studios all across America, but Nickelback took that plan a step further with No Fixed Address. In recording their eighth album -- the band's first since 2011's Here and Now -- Nickelback visited studios from Vancouver and Los Angeles to Zurich and Budapest. Frontman Chad Kroeger tells ABC News Radio that the constant changes of scenery helped shaped the sound of No Fixed Address.

"It was incredibly beneficial," Kroeger says of recording in different locations. "That is my new favorite way to create music, just not [to] be in the same place and not fall into a stagnant rut, and it definitely inspires you to try different things."

One of those different things was "Edge of a Revolution" -- the first single released from No Fixed Address. The track is Nickelback's first big foray into political lyrics, while also retaining the band's heavier sound from previous albums.

"It's nice to hear the band getting back to some hard rock roots," says Kroeger of "Edge of a Revolution." "And it's subject matter that we've never really touched on before, so I think it's a win-win all the way around."

Even with the track's lyrical content, guitarist Ryan Peake doesn't see Nickelback as a "political" band.

"I don't think anybody's going to confuse us with putting out a rally cry to do these things," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it's more just kind of a snapshot of what's going on in general."

That snapshot comments on the world of government and finance with lyrics like "Your secret's safe with the NSA" and "Wall Street, common thief."

"It's not about a specific thing, even though we were talking about a few things as examples, but it's just people getting upset," Peake says. "I don't think that's a problem, as long as it's focused, as long as it's justified, and not just the certain mob mentalities and stuff. But people do need to pay attention these days." 

No Fixed Address, featuring "Edge of a Revolution," is out now.

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