Hey guys! Wow Friday already? It seems like this week went by so fast, anyone else feel like that? Anyway, we’ve got some more music for you guys!
Making a name for themselves in the early 2000’s with their fast, hard sound with heavily distorted guitar, lead guitar solos, and rapid changes in time signatures, Thrice got their start in Irvine CA in 1998. The band was started by High School friends Dustin Kensrue (guitar/vocals) and Teppei Teranishi (guitarist) after playing in local band Chapter 11,they branched out on their own, bringing on Teranishi’s friend Eddie Breckenridge to play bass, who brought his brother Riley, a drummer. However, they didn’t have a name until right before their first show. Pressed for time and desparate for a name they chose the name ‘Thrice’, the name was supposed to be temporary but they began to gain fans under the name and so they were forced to keep the name. They then self-released an EP called “First Impressions”, they only made 1,000 copies and the band members sold them out of their cars. Then, working with Death By Stereo’s Paul Miner they recorded 12 tracks and in 2000 they released “Identity Crisis” on Greenflag Records, they donated some proceeds of this album to charity. Their popularity grew and they attracted the attention of Hopeless/Sub City’s Records’ Louis Posen, who signed the band in 2001, re-released “Identity Crisis”, and booked tour spots for the band alongside Samiam, Hot Rod Circuit, and Midtown. Thrice then began recording for their debut release on Hopeless/Sub City, “The Illusion Of Safety” which dropped in 2002, following this release the band went on tour with Further Seems Forever and Face To Face, once again the band donated a portion of the album’s proceeds, this time choosing a youth shelter in LA and the label matched their donations. This album earned them the attention of several other labels and eventually signed with Island Records, who agreed to match the band’s charitable donations in the same way Hopeless/Sub City had. The band the did a tour with Coheed And Cambria before returning to the studios. In 2003 they released “The Artist In The Ambulance” and donated to a financial aid program for breast cancer patients. The band did another tour, once again with Coheed And Cambria, and with band Dashboard Confessional, they also got a spot on the Van’s Warped Tour. In 2005 they released soul-searching album “Vheissu” the proceeds were donated to novelist Dave Egger’s charity that promotes writing in underprivilaged children and teens, in return Egger designed the album art for the band. Starting in 2006 the band released “The Alchemy Index”, what started out as a series of EPs blossomed into a full-length album that they released after being signed to Vagrant Records, they had left Island because of a difference of opinion. During this time they toured with Mewithoutyou and, later that fall, Rise Against and Gaslight Anthem. In 2009 they released a more upbeat album “Beggars”, and released Major/Minor this fall. It was recently announced that the band will be “taking a break” after their 2012 tour, but they assured that the band was not breaking up.
Today’s song is the title track of their 2003 release “The Artist In The Ambulance”:
Thrice - The Artist In The Ambulance: http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Artist+In+The+Ambulance/nMHXO?src=5
And incase you guys were interested...
Thrice has donated to the following charities:
Crittenton Services for Women and Children. Based out of Fullerton CA, helping women and children through situations of abuse and neglect.
A Place Called Home, a shelter for at-risk youth in LA which features a music program with instruments and a recording studio: http://www.apch.org/
The Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE), run by Mark Beemer (a friend of the band), SSE gives financial support to impoverished women fighting breast cancer: http://syrentha.org/
826 Valencia, started by Bay Area writer Dave Eggers, 826 Valencia helps kids enrich their writing skills: http://826valencia.org/
Invisible Children, a documentary covering the exploitation of Ugandan children: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/
Blood:Water Mission, founded by Christian band Jars Of Clay, this organization helps provide clean water and AIDs relief to poor African villages: http://www.bloodwatermission.com/
Tell us what you think! Don’t forget to follow and “Re-Share”!
-Rock On! \m/