SANTA ANA, California — Thrice have been on the road nonstop since their first major-label release, The Artist in the Ambulance, dropped in July 2003.
The exhaustive demands of being up-and-coming rock stars took their toll, especially on married members Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi, who had their wives waiting at home. So when it was finally time to start work on their forthcoming album back in Irvine, California, the notion of a true homecoming became all the more sweet.
"Writing this record was the first time we felt really at home in a long time," Kensrue said earlier this month right before heading to the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine to play to a sold-out hometown crowd. He calls the new Thrice disc, produced by Steve Osborne (U2), "the most hopeful record lyrically" that he's written.
Refusing to be cowed by the pressure from its record label to churn out radio-friendly punk tracks, the band opted to throw all caution to the wind when writing this disc, which resulted in an exploration of sounds and textures that defy easy labels.
"In the end, we realized we had to go with our gut," Kensrue said. "People can give you their opinions and promises all day long, but it needs to come down to feeling connected with people, [and this album] was a documentation of growth. Not only the growth of us musically, but as people too.
"It definitely has a very different feel to it, but we're more proud of it than anything we've ever done," the singer added.
After going with the bombastic rock tune "Image of the Invisible" as the lead single off Vheissu (see "Thrice Bring Ninja Moves, Screaming Kids To New Clip — With Gerard Way's Help"), Thrice are opting for a mellower vibe the second time around. Right now, the bandmembers are debating between the ambient ballad "Atlantic" and the LP's somber closing track, "Red Sky," as the next single.
Earlier this month, Thrice hit the road once again, launching a fall trek to promote their new LP, with the Bled, Underoath and Veda as their opening acts. The North American tour is slated to wrap November 22 in Los Angeles.
Thrice tour dates, according to their publicist:
- 10/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 10/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/ Eagles Club
- 10/21 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
- 10/22 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
- 10/23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 10/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
- 10/26 - Toronto, ON @ Docks Concert Theatre
- 10/27 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
- 10/28 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Peter Charbonneau
- 10/29 - Portland, ME @ The Station
- 10/30 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
- 10/31 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
- 11/1 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- 11/3 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 11/4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 11/5 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
- 11/6 - Charlotte, NC @ Grady Cole Center
- 11/8 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 11/9 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
- 11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
- 11/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
- 11/12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 11/13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
- 11/15 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
- 11/16 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Barbecue
- 11/17 - Fort Worth, TX @ Will Rogers Coliseum
- 11/19 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 11/20 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 11/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBD
- 11/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBD