Release Date: May 27, 2016
Record label: Vagrant
Review Summary: lol Kensrue was at a Brand New show in Seattle with guitarist Teppei Teranishi when he realized he wanted to get Thrice back togetherA few months ago, I wrote a goofy fanboy review about the "reunion" album for one of my childhood favorites. I wrote some about what that band’s six year hiatus felt like from my perspective, but the ultimate outcome of the review was that things went as expected. I loved the album because everything about it was filtered through nostalgia so intense that whatever I wrote probably shouldn’t be considered a review.
Did anyone think Thrice would be back from that four-year hiatus? Me neither. Yet here we are. Duly satisfied? Not really. That'd be too much of an understatement. What To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere(their ninth full-length)does instead reflects how time out of the limelight works in your favor ….
Every one of Thrice’s eight albums leading up to their 2012 hiatus showed off a different side to a band who seemed comfortable in any and every situation. From 2000’s ‘Identity Crisis’ to 2011’s ‘Major/Minor’, every chapter in Thrice’s legacy has been dramatically different but distinctly theirs. Despite a three-year pause for breath, album number nine sees the band return to a form that’s never been anything less than impressive.
This is pretty special. Make no mistake about it, Thrice are a true artistice diamond in the often cookie-cutter world of rock music. Over a near 20-year career the Californian natives have time and again demonstrated their ability to experiment, innovate and create music which pushes both emotional and creative envelopes to breaking point in a way precious few bands can claim to.
After a three-year hiatus, Thrice returned with their ninth studio effort -- and first since 2011's Major/Minor -- To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, an album far-removed from the sound of the early-aughts screamo scene they helped popularize. Not as unhinged as their initial breakthrough albums, nor as experimental as their Alchemy Index quadrilogy, Nowhere falls nicely alongside their more straightforward rock works like Vheissu, Beggars, and Major/Minor. This is an album full of power and focus.
Many hardcore Thrice fans have been bitching about the band changing their sound ever since Teppei Teranishi scaled back and slowed down his guitar solos on 2005’s Vheissu. That’s not to say that most of their audience hasn’t come around — latter-day works like Major/Minor and especiallyThe Alchemy Index are viewed in a positive light — but there will always be dissenters whose musical values boil down to “Faster! Louder!” Generally, I don’t agree with that type of complaint. Bands are free to do whatever the hell they want, and a refusal to sever one’s roots can lead to diminishing returns.
If you ever had any doubt there would ever be another Thrice album, you weren’t alone. n our recent interview with the band's drummer Riley Breckenridge, he even expressed doubt that the band would return from a four-year hiatus let alone write their ninth full-length. Yet here we are on the eve of the release of To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere—and it sounds as if somehow Thrice were there all along, quietly crafting an album that's as inspiring as it is unexpected.