Thrice will release their new album Horizons / East on September 17th. Today they’ve debuted the new song “Scavengers” and pre-orders are now up. You’ll find the track listing, press release, and more below.Read More “Thrice Announce New Album”
Vagrant Records have announced a bunch of cool things for their 25th anniversary. First, they’ll be launching a podcast hosted by The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor. You can subscribe on Spotify. Second, they’ve announced special Record Store Day pressings from Alkaline Trio, Senses Fail, and Thrice. And, they’ve announced new pressings from The Anniversary, Balance and Composure, and Bad Suns. The full press release is below.Read More “Vagrant Records Celebrates 25 Years”
I’ll be honest: I’m starting a fifteen-year retrospective of Thrice’s seminal masterpiece Vheissu in a way that may not make sense.
It’s been just under three years since the legacy of Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me gained a sizeable asterisk. Once firmly entrenched at number two on my list of all-time favorite albums, that record transited from being a piece of art that comforted me, grounded me, and helped me through some of the darkest eras in my cycles of depression to this huge question mark of unease and memory. It was an album that had fostered a community in my life—both online on the AbsolutePunk forums and with high school friends—at the same time that depression was stealing many senses of connection. It embodied a sound and possessed lyrics that explained how depression felt inside my chest and head.
In all the ways that losing Brand New hurts a myriad of people—from Jesse Lacey’s victims to the band’s fans—my internalized struggle emerged when I couldn’t turn to “Degausser,” “Sowing Season,” or “Not the Sun” to face certain emotions anymore. I won’t pretend I haven’t turned to those songs first out of a sense of musical muscle memory in the interim years, but they don’t carry the weight like they used to. In many ways, thanks to medication and a lot of personal growth, I don’t need them anymore, at least not as I did back then. But there will always be a part of me that wants an album to feel like a home in the storm when those emotions swarm.
Last month, at a concert venue in Atlanta, before a pandemic swept the globe and the year still felt full of promise, I realized that I already had that album—one that probably should’ve been the one I’d turned to all along. One that’s brought me comfort and catharsis through the chaos of social distancing, botched government responses, and hysteria.
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