New Audio: Acclaimed Act Thrice Releases An Anthemic Prog Rock-like Single

Comprised of founding members Dustin Kensrue (vocals, guitar) and Teppei Teranishi (guitar) with siblings Eddie Breckenridge (bass) and Riley Breckenridge (drums), the Irvine, CA-based rock band Thrice can trace their origins to its founding members meeting in high school and playing in a local band Chapter 11. When it came to starting their own project, Kensrue and Teranishi recruited Teranishi’s skate park buddy Eddie Breckenridge to play bass, and Breckenridge then brought his brother Riley to play drums, completing the band’s lineup. As the story goes, before their first show they realized that they needed name, and hard-pressed, they decided on going with Thrice, an inside joke between the bandmembers out of desperation. Although they had intended the name to be a temporary one, they began to gain fans and people started to associate them with it, so they were forced to stay with it.

In 1999, the band released the First Impressions EP, which was recorded during a twos-day session at A-Room Studios with Brian Tochilin. Only 1,000 copies were made and the individual bandmembers sold them out of their cars. Working with Death by Stereo‘s Paul Miner, the Irvine, CA-based quartet recorded 12 tracks, which eventually became their 2000 full-length debut Identity Crisis, which was released through Greenflag Records. A portion of the album’s proceeds were donated to Crittenton Services for Children and Family, and with growing local buzz, the quartet caught the interest of Hopeless/Sub City’s Louis Posen, who eventually signed the band, and reissued Identity Crisis. To support the album the band toured with the likes of Samiam, Midtown and Hot Rod Circuit.

February 2002 saw the release of the band’s Brian McTernan-produced Hopeless/Sub City debut, The Illusion of Safety. Much like its predecessor, the band donated a portion of the album’s proceeds to a non-profit youth shelter in South Central Los Angeles, A Place Called Home, with the label matching all donations. The album received generally positive reviews and after tours opening for Further Seems Forever and Face to Face, followed by their first headlining tour, Thrice won the attention of several major labels, including Island Records, who signed the band, after agreeing to match the band’s charitable donations in the same fashion as Hopeless/Sub City. After signing with Island Records, the band toured with Hot Water Music and Coheed and Cambria before returning to the studio.

Interestingly with the release of 2002’s Illusion of Safety and 2003’s The Artist in the Ambulance, the band developed a reputation for a fast and punishing math rock-like sound centered around heavily distorted power chords, rapid time signature changes; however, with 2005’s Vheissu, the members of Thrice began incorporating synths, electronic beats and a much more experimental approach to their songwriting that continued through 2007 and 2008 with the release of The Alchemy Index, two albums that actually consisted of a 4-part, 24 song cycle, with each of the four 6-song EPs featuring significantly different styles based on the classical elements of fire, water, air and earth both lyrically and musically. 2009’s Beggars and 2011’s Major/Minor found the band continuing to refine their experimentation and exploration of their sound; but after the release of Major/Minor, Thrice announced a final tour and a hiatus.

In 2015, Kensrue and Teranishi decided to reform the band, and by the following year, they released their first album in four years, 2016’s To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere.  Slated for a September 14, 2018 release through Epitaph Records, the band’s tenth full-length album Palms is their second post-reunion album, and the album which was co-produced by the band and Eric Palmquist reportedly finds the band’s sound encompassing everything from post-hardcore to piano-driven ballads, making it arguably the most sonically expansive album of their careers to date. Interestingly, the album’s latest single, the prog rock-like mid-tempo “Only Us” is centered around pulsating synths, enormous power chord-led guitar riffs, an arena rock friendly hook and Kensrue’s plaintive and earnest vocals. As the band’s Dusin Kensrue explains in press notes. “‘Only Us’ came from thinking about how easily we’re so divided into ‘us’ and ‘them’ when really we have an inherent ability to care for those in our group, and the parameters for who falls into that group are extremely flexible. It’s about how the things that we think separate us are actually inconsequential, and if we could broaden the idea of ‘us’ to include all people, it would help us build a more loving and civil society. ”

Thrice will be embarking on a headline tour with The Bronx and labelmates Teenage Wrist, and it’ll include an October 5, 2018 stop at the Playstation Theater. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.

THRICE TOUR DATES:

Sept 20 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Sept 21 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Sept 22 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Sept 24 Austin, TX  – Emo’s

Sept 25 Houston, TX – House of Blues

Sept 27 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

Sept 28 Orlando, FL – House of Blues

Sept 29 Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre

Sept 30 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm

Oct 02 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

Oct 03 Richmond, VA – The National

Oct 04 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

Oct 05 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

Oct 06 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Oct 07 Boston, MA – House of Blues

Oct 09 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

Oct 10 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Oct 12 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

Oct 13 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Oct 14 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

Nov 02 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

Nov 03 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

Nov 04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

Nov 06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Nov 07 Denver, CO – Music Summit Hall

Nov 09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Nov 10 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

Nov 11 Lawrence, KS – The Granda

Nov 13 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

Nov 14 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

Nov 16 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Nov 17 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

Nov 18 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

-All shows with The Bronx and Teenage Wrist as support

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