Scene veterans Thrice return with their 11th studio album Horizons/East, due for release on September 17, 2021 via Epitaph Records. From the beginning tones of the futuristic and mesmerizing “Color of the Sky,” which opens the album, Thrice’s experience as professional musicians is unmistakable. Fans of early Thrice material such as 2003’s The Artist In The Ambulance or 2005’s Vheissu will identify with the tracks on Horizons/East, while the album will also draw in new supporters.
Although the record will be released into a vastly different world with regard to technology than the one Thrice had its beginnings in over two decades ago, the band stay true to themselves on Horizons/East, crafting a diverse set of 10 tracks on their own terms. The record as a whole engages the theme of wonder, of finding one’s place in the world by drawing on past experiences while maintaining an openness around the big questions of life and existence.
This is particularly evident on “Northern Lights,” as frontman Dustin Kensrue longs for a just world signing, “Now I see there’s another way to see / And I can see a better way to build a world / Where every hand is held and holding on”. The creativity of Teppei Teranishi and brothers Eddie and Riley Breckenridge, who complete the Irvine, California quartet, is expertly weaved throughout Horizons/East, again a testament to the way Thrice’s experience informs their art.
Horizons/East is a call to introspection, an invitation to ask the aforementioned big questions and to wrestle with the answers. The album challenges listeners to engage in the hard work of growth both as individuals and collectively, as humankind.