“Survival of the fittest” is a phrase that applies to music as much as it does Darwinian theory; artists must constantly evolve lest they want to go the way of the dodo. No band embodies this better than Thrice, who have made it a constant goal to readapt and outdo themselves with each new project. It’s ironic, then, that this band, despite churning out album upon album with each different than the last, is in the midst of a farewell tour. After a career spanning fourteen years, the Orange County four-piece is calling it quits for the time being. They have a discography to be immensely proud of though, one that begins with the unbridled post-hardcore angst of Identity Crisis and The Illusion of Safety and closes with the calculated, minimalist rock of Beggars and Major/Minor. And let’s not forget everything in between, especially the monumental Vheissu and ambitious Alchemy Index series. You can sample their work after the jump.
This next month may the last chance you’ll have in a while to catch Thrice’s in action. Tomorrow, the band will be hitting Washington, DC, along with openers O’Brother and Animals As Leaders, at the Howard Theatre. If their last live album is any indication, prepare yourself for an amazing career-spanning set. You’re don’t want to miss this — tickets are available HERE.
STREAM: Thrice – “Yellow Belly”
STREAM: Thrice – “In Exile”
STREAM: Thrice – “Firebreather”