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American rock quartet Thrice formed in the late '90s and became one of the more influential acts of the period alongside post-hardcore contemporaries Glassjaw and Thursday. After a pair of early-2000s punk releases, they broke into the mainstream with 2003's brooding hardcore The Artist in the Ambulance and 2005's atmospheric Vheissu. Into the 2010s, Thrice issued five consecutive indie Top Five efforts, peaking with 2016's hard rock-leaning To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere. Thrice formed in 1998 in Irvine, California. 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 re-entered 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 the band 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, featuring the hit "All That's Left." 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 non-profits 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 provides 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. 1-2 focused on the elements of fire and water, while The Alchemy Index, Vols. 3-4 completed the cycle with air and earth. The quadruple concept was notable for the band's newly incorporated textures and programming. They followed with two separate releases of live material, The MySpace Transmissions and Live at the House of Blues. Meanwhile, the studio effort Beggars appeared in 2009, evolving their sound even further with hints of Baroque indie tourmates the Dear Hunter and instrumental meandering similar to Radiohead. For their next album, the bandmembers went off on their own to work on new music before heading into Red Bull Studios with Dave Schiffman to put the songs to tape. The result was their seventh album, Major/Minor, which was released in the summer of 2011. In 2012, the band announced a hiatus, which was to continue for three years. In the intervening time, Kensrue continued with his solo career, while Riley and Eddie Breckenridge played in Puig Destroyer and Angels & Airwaves, respectively. In 2015, Thrice returned with appearances at several major music festivals, announcing a new album at the end of the year. Recorded with Eric Palmquist and entitled To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, their ninth album was released in May 2016. Signing with Epitaph Records in 2018, Thrice returned with "The Grey," their first single for the label, which later landed on their tenth studio effort, Palms. As part of Record Day 2019, they also issued the EP Deeper Wells, which featured four songs recorded during the Palms sessions. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Black Honey
  3.   Hold Up A Light
  4.   The Grey
  5.   Blood on the Sand
  6.   Death From Above
  7.   In Exile
  8.   Stare at the Sun
  9.   The Dark
  10.   The Artist in the Ambulance
  11.   Send Me an Angel
  12.   Hurricane
  13.   Promises
  14.   Only Us
  15.   Doublespeak
  16.   Red Telephone
  17.   Deadbolt
  18.   The Long Defeat
  19.   Just Breathe
  20.   A Branch In The River
  21.   Whistleblower
  22.   In This Storm
  23.   Deeper Wells
  24.   Digital Sea
  25.   Broken Lungs
  26.   Beggars
  27.   Paper Tigers
  28.   Reasons
  29.   See You in the Shallows
  30.   A Song for Milly Michaelson
  31.   Identity Crisis
  32.   A Better Bridge
  33.   Wood and Wire
  34.   All the World Is Mad
  35.   Moving Mountains
  36.   Silver Wings
  37.   Burn the Fleet
  38.   The Abolition of Man
  39.   The Beltsville Crucible
  40.   To Awake and Avenge the Dead
  41.   To What End
  42.   Stumbling West
  43.   Beyond The Pines
  44.   My Soul
  45.   Everything Belongs
  46.   Sea Change
  47.   Stay With Me
  48.   Seneca
  49.   The Window
  50.   Words in the Water
  51.   Blinded
  52.   Circles
  53.   At the Last
  54.   Child of Dust
  55.   Come All You Weary
  56.   The Earth Isn't Humming
  57.   Digging My Own Grave
  58.   As the Crow Flys
  59.   The Sky Is Falling
  60.   Night Diving
  61.   The Flame Deluge
  62.   Firebreather
  63.   Red Sky
  64.   Music Box
  65.   Image of the Invisible
  66.   Blood Clots and Black Holes
  67.   The Melting Point of Wax
  68.   Hoods on Peregrine
  69.   Silhouette
  70.   All That's Left
  71.   Under a Killing Moon
  72.   So Strange I Remember You
  73.   Trust
  74.   In Years to Come
  75.   Betrayal Is a Symptom
  76.   Kill Me Quickly
  77.   T & C
  78.   Unquestioned Answers
  79.   A Torch to End All Torches
  80.   The Next Day
  81.   As the Ruin Falls
  82.   Disarmed
  83.   Blur
  84.   The Arsonist
  85.   Daedalus
  86.   Phoenix Ignition
  87.   Wake Up
  88.   Yellow Belly
  89.   Treading Paper
  90.   Listen Through Me
  91.   Cataracts
  92.   Call It in the Air
  93.   Anthology
  94.   The Weight
  95.   Talking Through Glass/We Move Like Swing Sets
  96.   Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  97.   The Lion & the Wolf
  98.   Kings Upon the Main
  99.   The Whaler
  100.   Open Water
  101.   The Messenger
  102.   Flags of Dawn
  103.   Stand and Feel Your Worth
  104.   Of Dust and Nations
  105.   Like Moths to Flame
  106.   Hold Fast Hope
  107.   For Miles
  108.   Atlantic
  109.   The Earth Will Shake
  110.   Between the End and Where We Lie
  111.   Motion Without Meaning
  112.   Don't Tell and We Won't Ask
  113.   Cold Cash & Colder Hearts
  114.   That Hideous Strength
  115.   Under Par
  116.   Ultra Blue
  117.   Lost Continent
  118.   A Subtle Dagger
  119.   In Your Hands
  120.   Backdraft
  121.   Where Idols Once Stood
  122.   Salt and Shadow
  123.   Seeing Red/Screaming at the Wall
  124.   The Red Death
  125.   Blood On Blood
  126.   The Great Exchange
  127.   A Living Dance Upon Dead Minds
  128.   Lullaby
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