After their summer headlining slot on the 11th Annual Warped Tour, Island recording group Thrice is set to begin their own North American headlining tour on October 4th at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Their support acts include Underoath, the Bled, and Veda. Thrice has announced the first half of the tour (see below). Most of these dates go on sale August 4th (see attached).
Prior to the start of the tour, Thrice will raise the curtain on VHEISSU – their second with Island Records-which is due to arrive in stores October 18th. Thrice spent the months of April, May and June recording VHEISSU with producer Steve Osborne (Massive Attack, Doves, U2, Peter Gabriel) in Bearsville, New York. It follows The Artist In the Ambulance, the group’s third album (and first for Island), released July 2003.
VHEISSU takes its title from the loose collection of arcane myths found in V., Thomas Pynchon’s classic underground novel of 1963. While hesitant to explain too thoroughly why they have chosen this title, the band has remarked that at each crossroads they face, they feel they are “Standing at Vheissu,” which could stand for Vesuvius, cited by Virgil as the entrance to the maze of the underworld. VHEISSU takes its title from the band’s desire for the album, and by extension the band’s music, to defy categorization and remain subject to the opinions of its audience. The band’s clearest cited reasons for choosing the title, the belief that VHEISSU “was a beautiful word” and wholly lacking in connotations or a point of reference for the average listener, suggest a new outlook for Thrice on their music and reflect the band’s ever-evolving musical landscape.
The VHEISSU cover art also showcases Thrice’s artistry. Designed by Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, We Shall Know Our Velocity, and How We Are Hungry, the cover art proves as evocative as the album’s title. The art is reflective of the lyrical and musical themes that permeate VHEISSU, an optimistic message that emerges upon closer examination of the cover. In accordance with one of the dominant lyrical and musical themes of VHEISSU, that of the power to define and redefine personal meanings, the cover is teeming with messages encouraging self-discovery: phrases such as “Stand and feel your worth,” “Hold fast hope,” and “Wrap yourself in light.”
Thrice calls upon a range of influences with VHEISSU, expanding their already diverse sound to incorporate more eclectic influences. Songs like “Atlantic” show the way in which Thrice’s sound has developed from THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY. “Atlantic,” an ambient ballad track reinforced by electronic backbeats features melodic intonations and slower tempo. “Like Moths to Flame” has harmonic undertones suggestive of the atmospheric ballast of bands such as Massive Attack. By contrast, powerful bombastic rock tracks like “Image of the Invisible” show the way in which Thrice has not abandoned their roots but has continued to expand upon them.
In keeping with Thrice’s interest in community development, each time Thrice releases a record they choose a charity that they are passionate about to donate a portion of their album sales. For VHEISSU, Thrice have joined hands with 826 Valencia, a tutorial program designed to help underprivileged children improve their communications skills. 826 Valencia supports the production and publication of student magazines and journals. Specifically focusing on creative and academic writing, reading, and SAT preparatory classes, this Bay Area foundation focuses on one-on-one tutorials for students and is available for students ages 8-18.
Orange County, California-based Thrice – guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge – have won a loyal fan base since 1998. With the July 2003 release of The Artist In the Ambulance, which entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #16, their following grew even more widespread. The album more than doubled the combined sales of their two previous indie releases. As such, VHEISSU represents the culmination of nearly two years of composition. It is an album that displays the sonic contrasts that have always existed with Thrice – a band that attracts an audience to the Vans Warped Tour as easily as it captivates fans at Coachella. As much as Thrice is still a band that plays for crowd of 24,000 punks in the summer sun, they can just as easily play for 1,000 at Bowery Ballroom during the CMJ Music Marathon. Their diversity has enabled them to tour with bands on opposite sides of the spectrum, from the hardcore metal act Converge to the commercially successful emo act Dashboard Confessional. These are contrasts which have always existed in their music, but with VHEISSU, the contrasts and dynamics are stretched even further.
Thrice Fall Tour Dates
October 4 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
October 5-6 San Diego, CA Soma
October 7 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center at UC-Irvine
October 8 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
October 9 Portland, OR Roseland
October 10 Seattle, WA Showbox
October 12 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
October 13 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
October 14 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
October 15 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
October 16 Sauget, IL Pop’s
October 19 Minneapolis, MN Quest
October 20 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
October 21 Chicago, IL Riviera
October 22 Detroit, MI State Theatre
October 23 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
` October 25 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
October 26 Toronto, ON The Docks
October 27 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
October 28 Montreal, QC Centre-Pierre Charbonneau