California’s Thrice have announced a series of live performances based around this year’s To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere album.The band who are currently on the second leg of their headline US tour kicked the sessions off with Black Honey, which you can watch below. Following a successful headline stint across North America this summer and a sold out European tour including performances at Reading & Leeds, Thrice will be dropping more of the TBEITBN sessions very shortly, so watch this space.
To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is out now on Vagrant Records and you can catch the band at anyone of the below dates in the US :
Thrice on Tour:
9/22 Omaha NE @ Slowdown
9/23 Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
9/24 Milwaukee WI @ The Rave
9/25 Cleveland OH @ Agora Theater
9/27 Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE
9/28 Columbus OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/29 Nashville TN @ Cannery Ballroom
9/30 St Louis MO @ The Pageant
10/01 Oklahoma City OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/02 Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
10/04 Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/05 Tucson AZ @ Rialto Theatre
10/06 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
10/07 Las Vegas NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/08 Los Angeles CA @ The Novo
10/09 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory*
Every so often within the big world of music, bands can go overlooked despite having a genuine and very much felt impact. Thrice are such a band, with their post-hardcore schtick garnering some attention in the early career. As their sounds developed and they matured with each further album, the stretching influence of Thrice began to be severely talked down, despite being ever present in bands from You Me At Six, Lonely The Brave to While She Sleeps. After releasing their seventh record back in 2001, the band took an indefinite hiatus and many were unsure of whether or not they would hear new material from the post-hardcore pioneers, until the band finally announced their eight album; To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere.
Opening with the early highlight of Hurricane instantly sets the tone for the record with tremendous ease. As the acoustic opening rings like you would expect a Pixies album to begin, the wailing guitar leads open up as Dustin Kensrue begins what is, for all intents and purpose, a powerhouse vocal performance. After the opener ends with a passage far more akin to something Converge would do, Blood On The Sand starts and it becomes ever more transparent just how diverse the sounds on this record are. With a far more straightforward rock steady approach, this second tracks works well to highlight the simplistic nature of the record.
That is the biggest strength the record boasts. Despite having a somewhat weaker couple of songs with The Walk and Wake Up, it is The Long Defeat that offers an immediate album highlight whilst encapsulating everything that record does so brilliantly well. Massive chorus hooks is the order of the day and it is delivered in excess all whilst in beautiful simplicity. It’s hard to stress just how impressive the song writing ability Thrice display on To Be Everywhere… as they exhibit a frightening capability to simply drag you into the moment with thoughtful lyrics and emotionally charged music all coming together to create something that feels truly special.
Black Honey starts what can only be described as a tantalisingly fantastic final act. The brooding and antagonising chorus is the most aggressive sounding song on the record but does so with such sophistication that the aggression simply oozes out in ambience. As Stay With Me rings out with the most impassioned and poignant impact, tracks like Whistleblower show that Thrice have all but lost the bite they had back at the beginning of their career, instead harnessing it and moulding it around structure to truly channel and utilise the heavier aspect of their sound.
As the title suggests, Thrice are aware that looking back to much on the sounds of their career would not garner any forward motion. So utilising the best elements of their past sound and fusing it with a plethora of broad influences has culminated in what is arguably the best written record to drop this year. The raw talent that Thrice possess still rings true as much now as it did back in 2003, but rather in a far more matured and sophisticated package. The diversity of sound and the subtle nuances that are dotted throughout will have you fully invested and when the ethereal ending of Salt and Shadow closes, expect a further year of consistent playbacks, because this is probably the best thing released this year.