Thrice is an anomaly; a sublime conglomeration of kick-ass, blood-pumping music, combined with the lyrical phrasing of a literary wordsmith. Their powerful, driving beats and buzz-saw riffs will literally leave you covered with goose bumps, and their melodic hooks and pensive lyrics will dare you to look inward.
This four-piece from Irvine, California began playing together just under three-years ago. From the beginning, the band managed to wrangle a very strong grass-roots fan base that continues to grow exponentially.
After putting out a self released E.P., “First Impressions,” three months after forming, they began playing throughout Southern California, and continued writing new material. A year later, they recorded their first full-length album, which was originally released on Green Flag Records, a small independent label based in Tustin, CA.
The album, titled “Identity Crisis,” was re-released in March of 2001, on Sub City Records, an offshoot of Hopeless Records that donates 5% of all retail sales to charity. Thrice chose to benefit Crittenton Services for Children and Families in Fullerton, CA, with the proceeds from the record. “Identity Crisis” was welcomed with rave reviews from fans, websites and fanzines, and before long, the band found themselves touring the U.S., coast to coast, with the likes of AFI, Hot Water Music, Cave In and The Alkaline Trio. At home their hard work also started to payoff and they began to headline and sell out local venues including the Anaheim House of Blues. Amidst a busy touring schedule, the band found time to record a second album for Sub City in July of 2001, aptly titled “The Illusion of Safety,” with well-known producer Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Cave In).