The post-hardcore quartet Thrice formed in 1998 in Irvine, CA. Guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge all knew each other from high school and the neighborhood skate park, and the usual round of practices, music competitions, and local gigs helped hone their new band's sound. By late 1999, Thrice had amassed enough material to cut a proper record. Working with Death by Stereo's Paul Miner, the quartet recorded 12 tracks and self-released the Identity Crisis LP in April 2000. More gigs followed, and Thrice's mounting buzz sparked the interest of Hopeless/Sub City's Louis Posen.
Posen signed the band in 2001, reissued Identity Crisis, and put Thrice on tour with Samiam. Tours with Midtown and Hot Rod Circuit followed, and eventually Thrice reentered the studio with producer Brian McTernan. Although those recording sessions proved to be a trying period for the young group, The Illusion of Safety emerged and was later released in February 2002. Naturally, the band hit the road in support of the album, this time playing concerts alongside Further Seems Forever and Face to Face. Thrice also began headlining shows for the first time that year, and major labels began to take notice. Eventually, Island Records signed the band in June. A stint on the Warped Tour followed, and Thrice spent the fall playing club dates with Hot Water Music and Coheed & Cambria.
February 2003 found Thrice returning to the studio with McTernan, but this time Island Records was footing the bill. The focused effort The Artist in the Ambulance appeared in August 2003, and Thrice supported it with an ambitious slate of tour dates that included jaunts to Europe. The band also continued to involve itself with charitable organizations, having actively supported nonprofits and charities since signing with Sub City (the charitable arm of Hopeless Records). Portions of the proceeds from Artist in the Ambulance went to the Syrentha J. Salvo Endowment, which provided financial assistance for cancer screenings.
A new studio effort, the ambitious Vheissu, followed in October 2005, while the EP Red Sky appeared early the next year. A slew of new material arrived in 2007 and 2008, including a four-disc conceptual project entitled The Alchemy Index (issued in two double-disc releases: The Alchemy Index, Vols. I & II and The Alchemy Index, Vols. III & IV) and two separate releases of live material, The MySpace Transmissions and Live at the House of Blues. Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide
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sonic expression with deadly force | Reviewer: J-Dub | 6/2/11
i remember my first "real" conceert. I'd been reading up on their lyrics and jamming to the harder stuff for a year or so.
They played in saskatoon with MCR and Circa Survive shortly before touring on the Taste of Chaos.
The energy was explosive, and I remember thrashing about so hard I thought I would die. I was worried that they wouldn't play deadbolt, so as I'm waiting for my last breaths, i'm using them to scream out my request. I was hanging on the guard rail ready to pass out on the floor, but when I heard the first 3 notes on the bass come thundering down upon me, I shot up with a passion to somehow kindle love and fury. I danced my ass off, and I didn't come down enough to sleep until 4 in the morning.
It was one of the greatest experiences I had with my band in high school. I was just starting to play, but these guys were gods....
I bought the Vheissu album at that show, and while I was slightly disappointed, I understood that they were molding their work into art. Which was refined on the song "Music Box"
When I read a story about a music box they found in an antique shop in the basement of a hotel in Tokyo, and how they found the whole tune to be hauntingly beautiful, and what they wrote around it. Genius. I didn't understand what was happening to them, until I heard that song...
\m/ | Reviewer: Lorii | 4/23/06
Thrice is the best band in the world! I saw them live for the first time in Montreal at The Taste Of Chaos and it was more than amazing! Can't wait for another show!! =D
rock on ! | Reviewer: Tom | 9/13/05
Thrice is by far the best band I've ever heard ! I thank a good friend for telling me about them. First song that made me fall in love with Thrice ? "Silhouette" on "The Artist In The Ambulance". As soon as I heard that song, I went out and bought the album then quickly bought all of the other ones. All of the albums and songs are definetly worth listening to. Rock on my friends !
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