American pop-rock band OneRepublic is making its way across the country for the Canadian leg of its world tour.
"We love Canada. It's always nice to be here because it feels so far away from home, but yet it's so close," said the band's drummer, Eddie Fisher.
The group's members — lead singer Ryan Tedder, along with Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Fisher and Drew Brown — kicked off their 10-city tour in Quebec last week.
"Quebec City was cool because it was the first time we spent time there. We were in Old Town the whole time, which was like being in the set of medieval movie. It was amazing," Tedder said.
Not only can fans expect to hear their smash hits, including Counting Stars and the inspirational song I Lived (which has also become an NHL playoff anthem), the band says Canadians can expect a show that will keep them coming back.
"We're just normal people. We just like to write songs that make people feel something and move them," Tedder said.
The tour includes performances in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver this week, with Juno Award-winning artist Lights as the opening act.
OneRepublic's last album, Native, was released in 2013, but the boys say they've been working on new music that they can't wait to share with fans.
"We're really excited about it, we think it's the best thing that we've ever done," said guitarist Drew Brown.
Tedder says their new album will be a shift in a whole new direction.
"In this band, we are yet to recycle the same sound once on any song that we've ever put out. This album is no exception," he said.
The group members say they are now putting the final touches on songs, and they might even write a few more before they decide on a release date.