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Thrice’s Farewell Tour

Thrice recently announced the dates for their farewell tour this spring.  Animals as Leaders and another very special guest will be opening.  If you’ve never seen Thrice, or even if you’ve seen them 10 times, I highly recommend trying to make it to one of these dates.  They’ll be in Philly on May 25 at the Electric Factory, and I’ll be there.  You can buy tickets for that date and all the others right now and save on fees.  If the show you want to go to is sold out already or you don’t have the cash right now, you can wait till the general sale which starts on March 1.  I’m sure these events will sell out very quickly, and they are definitely not to be missed.  You  can read Thrice’s announcement of the tour for more details here, and you can even vote for songs you’d like to hear them play.


Thank you & farewell, Thrice & Thursday

I posted a couple days ago mentioning Thrice’s hiatus.  The next day, November 22, Thursday announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus.  This got me thinking quite a bit about my personal connections with both bands.  I wasn’t terribly sad or particularly surprised that Thrice and Thursday both announced hiatuses–all things come to an end and both bands had very productive 13 year long runs.  Both bands formed around the same time and had strangely parallel careers.  Often lumped together as post hardcore, Thrice and Thursday toured together more than once and were both signed to Island Records (and both left after a fairly short time) around the same time.  In their messages to fans, neither band ruled out the possibility of recording and playing together at some point in the future.

Facts aside, there’s another reason I’m writing this.  I discovered Thursday in 2003, right after their album War All the Time was released.  It was a formative time in my life; I was only 13.  That album completely blew my mind.  I had never listened to anything that heavy before, and I was amazed by how beautiful a loud record could be.  I didn’t realize before then that heavy music could be melodic.  Most importantly, Thursday showed me that lyrics can be literature, they can be poetry.  There was more to music than lyrics about broken hearts and partying.  Thursday’s songs were about bigger, more important issues.  I really can’t put into words how much discovering Thursday changed me and shaped me as a person, but War All the Time will always hold a very special place in my heart.  I would go so far as to say it was the first serious album I ever really loved (a vast improvement over the blink-182 and other pop-punk I had been listening to).

Thrice followed shortly after Thursday, mainly because I kept reading that they were so similar.  They’re really not, but that’s another story.  It was love at first listen.  Thrice became a fixture in my life from that point on.  In fact, from the time I first saw them in 2004, I went to almost every headlining Thrice show in Philadelphia (and some extra gigs too).  Thursday may have started my love affair with lyrics, but Thrice continued it.  Where Thursday waned in and out of my life at various times, Thrice never left me.  Their music made me feel empowered.  I became more socially aware by listening to their music.  When I was 15, I went to my first Warped Tour and Thrice were headlining.  I had recently bought their live album, and a membership to their fan club, The Thrice Alliance, came with it.  I was ecstatic when I found out that this would get me into a meet and greet with the band, but I didn’t realize how cool it was going to be.  My friend and I got to go backstage.  Then while Thrice played their set, we got to stand on the side of the stage to watch.  Then we met them.  I was just a kid, and I was starstruck.  I probably said about a total of ten words the entire time we got to chat with them.  It’s still a story I tell, and it’s still one of my fondest memories from that point in my life.  Here’s an incredibly embarrassing picture from that day:

Me and Thrice

Me with Thrice circa Warped Tour 2005

Well, that’s awkward.  I think I was suffering from heat exhaustion at the time.  Back to my little open love letter to Thrice and Thursday.  I owe so much to Thrice.  Their music evolved with my own musical taste in a way that was almost eerie.  Each album changed in just the right way for the time in my life it was released.  I’m grateful I got to meet Thrice again this fall and see them perform on one of their last tours.  Here’s a much less embarrassing picture of me with Thrice from last month:

Me with Thrice circa October 2011.

There’s so much I can say about this band, and I’m starting to draw a blank and lose any eloquence I had going…  The point of this post was to say thank you to two very important bands.  Thank you, Thrice.  Thank you, Thursday.  Thank you for the 8 years of music you’ve created that I’ve followed, and the years before I started listening.  Thank you for creating something beautiful.  Thank you for playing countless shows and taking time to connect with your fans.  Thank you for all you’ve done for me and people like me.  Just thank you.

News Round-up for 11/21/11

A lot happened in the small realm of music I cover on this blog in the last few days, so I present you with the first conglomeration post for this blog.  There will surely be more in the future.

  • Garden Window album art

    Last week, O’Brother, who I’ve talked about several times on this blog, digitally released their debut full-length album, Garden Window.  As beautiful as it is fiery and visceral, the hour long record shattered my expectations.  Even after hearing songs from Garden Window live and interviewing Michael Martens about the album, I wasn’t sure what to expect.   I went into my first listen of Garden Window with my expectations dangerously high and was completely blown away.  The record engulfs you in a wall of furious sound that immediately drags you in.  Each time I’ve listened to Garden Window, I’ve heard something completely different, something that I did not hear on previous listens.  If you want to hear the intense heavy and experimental record for yourself,  you can buy the album digitally on iTunes or Amazon, or pre-order the gorgeous vinyl version or CD here.

  • The Philadelphia based experimental band mewithoutYou have been added to the line-up for Saturday night’s Brand New show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.  O’Brother will be opening, followed by mewithoutYou, then Brand New.  It’s going to be an amazing line-up and awesome night of music, so if you can find a way to get into that sold out show, I strongly encourage it.
  • Thrice’s lead singer and guitarist, Dustin Kensrue, has announced via the band’s website that after a final spring tour, Thrice will be going on hiatus.  Kensrue assured fans that Thrice were not breaking up, merely taking a break from being a full time band.  You can read his statement here.

My modest collection of Devil and God vinyl variants.

  • Lastly, today is the 5th birthday (or anniversary, if you prefer to call it that) of an album I hold very close to my heart, Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.  When that album was released five years ago today, I was only 16 years old.  My taste in music was still developing, and I can honestly say that the Devil and God totally changed my musical taste forever.  The way I perceived music was turned upside-down by that record.  I could write volumes on Brand New  and this particular album (I consider it their best work thus far), but I’ll keep this short and sweet.  It’s an album that means a lot to me, an album that effected my life in different ways, an album that brought me closer to  some very important people in my life, and an album that you should listen to if you’ve never heard it.  Maybe you won’t like it, maybe you will.   I think it’s a heartbreaking and beautiful masterpiece, and that hasn’t changed in the last five years.

Thrice team up with Invisible Children

Last week I got to attend an exclusive soundcheck and meet and greet with one of my favorite bands, Thrice, by donating to the charity Invisible Children.  Thrice have worked with Invisible Children for years, and I was already very familiar with the charity when I won entry to the soundcheck.  Before I get into the connection between Invisible Children and bands like Thrice, it’s important to know what Invisible Children’s mission is.  The Invisible Children website explains, “The war in northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU’s attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth that has never known peace.”  The longest running war in Africa, the LRA conflict is fought primarily by children who are kidnapped and forced to fight by the leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony.

Me with Thrice. From Left to Right: Ed Breckenridge, Dustin Kensrue, Me, Teppei Teranishi, and Riley Breckenridge

Film has always been a huge part of the Invisible Children effort, but the nonprofit also has a new initiative, The Musician Coalition.  I asked Eugene Kim, an Invisible Children volunteer who is currently touring with Thrice what exactly the band is raising money for.  Kim says, “Thrice are raising money for radio towers in the Congo.  The coolest part about them is we’re having kids that have escaped the LRA send messages to their friends that are still abducted.  They’re telling them it’s safe to come back home since they’ve been brainwashed to believe they’re hated by their communities.”  The radio towers also serve to warn civilians of possible attacks.  Watch the video below for more information.

Kim goes on to say, “The Musician Coalition is our newest initiative where we’re partnering artists with fundraising for those radio towers.  It’s a cool way of linking musicians with radio, something they obviously share a connection with.  Each artist has a page where fans can join their fundraising teams and win cool things from them for donating.  We have bands as big as ThriceAll Time LowFrightened RabbitAugust Burns Red, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as well as smaller artists like Spirit Family Reunion.”  Thrice’s meet and greet, as well as the solo acoustic set performed by the band’s singer, Dustin Kensrue, were held to raise money for the Musician Coalition cause and their personal goal of $5,000.

Kim remarked about his experiences on tour as well and said, “Touring with Thrice, La Dispute, Moving Mountains, and O’Brother is a dream come true.  All the dudes and crew for every band are some of the most fun and down to earth people I’ve ever met.  It’s been the biggest privilege ever being on the road with all of them, and they all have helped our cause a ton.  We’ve gotten a great response from a lot of fans too, which is phenomenal.  You have to understand that some people aren’t coming to shows to hear about an issue involving kidnapped children, but lots of people have been super willing to support the cause.”

I first learned about Invisible Children through music, and if it wasn’t for the dedication of bands like Thrice, I probably would never have learned about the charity.  Musicians raise money for causes all the time, but personally I’ve never seen the same dedication to a cause as I see with Invisible Children.  I’ve never seen another charity literally go on tour with a band.  Unlike some nonprofits, Invisible Children also clearly tells you where your money is going.  When I made my donation to Thrice’s fund, a team member explained exactly what that donation would go towards.  The intense connection that Invisible Children makes with musicians and their fans has surely helped the cause immensely.

In addition to the Musician Coalition, Invisible Children has a host of other programs and fundraisers that you can learn about on their website, such as the Bracelet Campaign and Mend.

Thrice rock the Electric Factory, with a little help from O’Brother and friends.

On October 13, I had the privilege of seeing Thrice live for the 8th time.  The lineup featured Moving Mountains, O’Brother–whom I’ve written about before–and La Dispute opening.  All four bands put on incredible shows, but O’Brother and Thrice stood out in my opinion.  Not only did I get to attend the mind-blowing show, but I also was lucky enough to get to see Thrice soundcheck before the concert and meet the members of the band, courtesy of Invisible Children, a charity that I’ll discuss in greater detail in my next post.

The following pictures were mostly taken from the balcony at the Electric Factory where the concert was held.

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After the show, Dustin Kensrue, vocalist and guitarist for Thrice, played an acoustic set outside the Electric Factory to raise money for Invisible Children. Here’s a video from that performance of Dustin playing “Disarmed,” a new song from Thrice’s latest record, Major/Minor. Video taken by Matt Hovern.