For a couple of days now I’ve been begging my friend, morning noon and night for his thoughts on the new Thrice record. Seven albums into their career, they still keep evolving, improving and making sure rock ‘n roll is delivered to the people consistently, whether it’s live with their incessant touring or their vinyl releases. I don’t know if I’m being impulsive by declaring this as my favorite album from the band so far, but I definitely don’t want to downplay the balance of quality in the music and the rich lyrics. My buddy is going to catch them before I do on the East Coast so we’re always catching the same tours and comparing experiences. They’re playing in San Francisco November 5 at the Regency Ballroom, and the 6th in Sacramento at the Ace of Spades. Definitely going to make my birthday weekend one to remember. Well my friend delivered and I got way more than what I had expected, so I have to share. Jacob Gemmell is a musician around the D.C. area. Everyone go bug him about not releasing his new music. https://www.facebook.com/jacobgemmell
I have built up a lot of hope for this album, considering that Beggars is one of the few rock albums that i can listen to on repeat and never get tired of it. Reading up that the album was recorded in Red Bull Studios, the faith in this album perhaps grew even more (considering the equipment used in the recordings were better mics, preamps, treated rooms, massive HD console) and not to mention engineer/producer Dave Schiffman (Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.).
The week prior to Major/Minor, I really couldn’t wait. I was hunting around on the internet for bits and pieces, perhaps acoustic versions of what was yet to come. I finally found out that Thrice was releasing a stream of a song a day on a soundcloud widget on their website. After this discovery I quickly put my tasks aside and pulled out my akg k240s and loaded that stream.
This was not my first time hearing “Yellow Belly,” but for some reason it hit stronger this time. I had the volume moderately loud pumping through my headphones, but the choices in parts & lyrics were really what were speaking to me at the time. “You were built for blessing but you only make them bleed, but you don’t care, you don’t care.” On the Guitar Center Session/Interview Dustin Kensrue mentions that this song is about a man’s slip ups, perhaps giving into anger, or just treating someone horribly for some reason. The riff and beat are melodically feeding off of each other; complimenting each other, and the bassline gives a good solid backbone to the song.
For the most part I need to get to know the rest of this record a little more. It has a bit less timing manipulation and it’s more of a big nasty rock album. One of the things that separates great musicians from good musicians is their ability to not just play insane riffs or scales, but the ability to know when to sit back and just let the song speak for itself. I find this many bands/artist’s/producers struggle.
With Thrice you cannot compare them album to album. Each one is so different and they truly reinvent themselves every time. This to me shows authenticity and growth. Think in terms of your own musical tastes: has it remained the same for the past 10 years? Or do you change it up depending on the season or where your at in life?”