Palms was released in 2018 and Thrice fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a follow-up album. Obviously, in between the release the world has completely gone down the drain with the pandemic and the political situation in the US being so volatile.
In a recent Tweet by frontman Dustin Kensrue, he showed work being done on some Thrice demos
We know Dustin is working on new Thrice material because someone asked in a reply and he responded in the most Dustin way possible with a Schitt’s Creek gif referencing the word Thrice.
Continuing with the approach Dustin took to writing guitars on Palms, he is using his Line 6 Helix for the guitar tones (which he also uses live) and based on the sounds he got out of this thing on Palms; it’ll be interesting to see how he has undoubtedly mastered it, what he does.
But, this is not where the excitement ends. In a recent podcast episode of Crash Bang Boom, Riley Breckenridge appeared in an episode, and he mentioned “records” when talking about working on new Thrice music (at 52:50).
Riley says, “We’re writing a record or records or, I don’t even know. We’re just writing a lot of stuff very slowly” and that the intent was to put out an album quite soon, but with the pandemic throwing touring plans into disarray, they are taking their time.
The impression I got from the interview Thrice realised things will not be going back to normal any time soon, so they are using the extra time they have been afforded to write many new albums. Although it does sound like a lot of experimentation and uncertainty, it might not materialise as a concept record.
Thrice fans might recall that in 2019 Dustin was asking for concept record ideas for a potential Thrice album.
While we don’t know the exact concept, Dustin did reply enthusiastically around the idea of a Nordic mythology concept. We do not actually know what the concept might be (if there is going to be a concept).
Something tells me that if the demo process works out and the guys feel it, we might be getting concept albums from Thrice in 2021, in a similar vein to The Alchemy Index.