After their acclaimed full length “Horizons/East” last year, California rockers THRICE are back with new single “Dead Wake”. Just released through Epitaph Records, the new single sounds like they are rediscovering what makes them special.
“This is a tune we were working on during the Horizons/East sessions, but hadn’t completed,” shares vocalist Dustin Kensrue.
“I’ve always been fascinated by songs that only have one chord progression, but feel expansive and varied through the use of shifting melodies and layers, and we wanted to play with that format here.”
June 3 – McKees Rocks, PA – The Roxian Theatre
June 5 – Bethlehem, PA – SteelsStacks
June 6 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
June 8 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
June 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
June 10 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
June 12 – New York, NY – Pier 17
June 14 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
June 15 – Chicago, IL – Radius
June 16 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
June 17 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
June 18 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
June 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
June 21 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Thrice‘s last album, Horizons/East, exemplifies art as a work of recognition — the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others. In this, Horizons/East is the rare rock album on which interrelatedness is a theme, painting an adventurous and lush landscape mixed by Scott Evans that the band self-produced and recorded at their own New Grass Studio.
To emerge from a global pandemic with a renewed sense of situational awareness, hard won insight, and a new album is the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Thrice over the last twenty years. With Horizons/East, Dustin Kensrue and his bandmates address, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness.
Since forming Thrice with guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge in 1998, Kensrue has never been one to back down from a mental fight. Horizons/East communicates comfort with uncertainty, it’s uncertainty as the beginning of wonder. Not knowing something for certain can occasion a blossom, an opportunity, as opposed to a dead end.
This uncertainty is something the band seems to embrace with their entire career, and especially in their approach to this record, building out their own studio and recording completely on their own, unsure of what exactly they could extract from themselves this time around. Previous singles “Scavengers”, “Robot Soft Exorcism”, and “Summer Set Fire To The Rain” only scratch the surface of the ingenuity that Thrice display in Horizons/East.
The release of lead single “Scavengers” was paired with a music video directed by DJay Brawner and aims to transport viewers to a different world; one of mystery and disguises that leaves viewers unsure of whom to trust and where to turn. The video has garnered over 166k views since its release, with the track raking up 972k streams on Spotify. All three singles were released alongside visualizers and have received praise from Consequence, Guitar World, Chorus.fm, Loudwire, Alternative Press, BrooklynVegan, and many others.
Some of the writing began with open ended challenges that the band laid on themselves, like building the track “Northern Lights” using the quartal chords they found in much of the jazz they love or taking the Fibonacci sequence and turning it into a guitar riff. Thrice seems ever eager to step out into these spaces unknown to them, unsure of where their feet will land, and this new record is no exception.