A State Of The Union Address (Of Sorts)

3hree Things is where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.
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I'm four days away from leaving for the (very brief) European/UK portion of Thrice's "Farewell Tour", and since my brain feels like it's being pulled in forty-seven different directions at the moment, you're about to get a look at three of the them. There will be no curmudgeonly rant this week, no glowing record review (although you should buy Torche's Harmonicraft which came out today and is awesome [in this person-who-really-likes-Torche's opinion]), and no harrowing tale of gastrointestinal roulette. Sorry.

No, what you're about to get will just be what falls out of my brain over the next hour or so, and gets hammered into my keyboard while I drink all of the coffee in my house and try to figure out how to shoehorn "all of the things that I could have done over the past few months" into a single day. 

Procrastination. Have some.
1) Honesty Wrapped Up In A Clumsy Metaphor 

Getting ready for this tour by playing along to songs that span what has been an incredible, surreal, and unexpected (and highly improbable) fourteen year career, has forced me to be a little more introspective than I usually care to be (or feel comfortable with). Saying that there are a lot of unforgettable memories packed into those songs, be it the writing and recording of them, or touring on them and playing them live, seems like a gross understatement to me. There's really no way to explain it from this side. Fourteen years is more than a third of my life. That's nuts to me. And as I listen to and play along with these songs, those memories rush by like when my elementary school teacher would leave the projector on as he/she rewound a filmstrip we watched. They move by too quickly to hang on to any or all of them, but there's a resonance there (beyond the spinning of the reels). For me, that resonance is gratitude. 

I'm so grateful to have been able be a part of something creative, something that I truly loved, and something that afforded me the opportunity to do many amazing things, meet and work with and share the stage with so many outstanding people, and see so many places I never thought I'd get a chance to see. And that I got experience all of this through the writing, recording and playing of music? What?! And that people cared enough to support and facilitate that for over a decade? Mind-blowing. What a gift. 

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Josh Wright
Josh Wright

Riley.... I just wanted to express my appreciation for all that Thrice has done. You guys have inspired and rocked me in such a way that I can't even describe. Your Salt Lake show last night was incredible. Thanks again! I look forward to the next time....whenever that may be.

Jace
Jace

See you guys @ Marquee in Tempe on the 6th!!!  Thx for writing us!

Coreylshepherd
Coreylshepherd

Thank you for always writing the record I've needed at that particular point in time of my life. It has been a blessing to grow with such an amazing band and rediscover exactly why I love your music with every listen of each song and every album. Im so proud to be a fan of Thrice! And although I am saddened that this is the farewell tour, I'm so thankful that I've been able to see you guys play live. I know the Vegas and Phoenix shows I will attend on this tour will be just as moving as the very first show I was a part of. It has truly been "more than flashing lights and sound." Thank you a million times over.  

Andy
Andy

 Riley, thanks so much for the music you boys have created over the years. It's grown with me as I was a teenager listening to Identity Crisis to a 28 year old married man listening to Major/Minor. You guys have been a huge part of my life and the relationship I have with my wife. You will never know how deeply i love the art and music you four have created.

Schneiderad
Schneiderad

Looking forward to seeing you play in Denver, not looking forward to the "break".  While in Denver, try New Belgium's Shift Pale Lager, I think you will enjoy based on your other posting about beer.

Rimfandango
Rimfandango

I hope this tour will be a blast and I'm sad I can't see you on you "Farewell" tour. At leat I've seen a live stream of you guy playing some Major/Minor songs. I wish you luck of whatever you decide to do Riley! And I can't wait till we get to hear more about the stuff you've been doing with Ed. 

Alyson Hirsch
Alyson Hirsch

I'm so grateful to have been able be a part of something creative,something that I truly loved, and something that afforded me theopportunity to do many amazing things, meet and work with and share thestage with so many outstanding people, and see so many places I neverthought I'd get a chance to see.

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Freddy
Freddy

Thanks for the entertainment with 3Things, Riley. I hope you continue with it in the future. With the advent of the "interverse" or the "infosphere", one can really make some valuable connections with others through art, writing, music, blah blah...(Note : on the flipside, one is also exposed to some really awful shit). I'm deeply grateful for these connections. This is going to sound really lame probably and pretty kiss ass, but I'm a drummer, musician, and writer myself. I have a deep respect for you for doing what you do. You've truly been an inspiration, and I'm a different person today simply because my buddy turned me on to Thrice about 6 years ago. The songs mean a lot. To me. The honesty, integrity, absence of limitations, and passion in the music is what separates Thrice from most bands. I've never been very emotional when a band announces a hiatus, but when Thrice did I was deeply saddened, however grateful for the work that has been done. As fans, we're priviledged to have such honest, devoted, compassionate, and talented dudes comprising the band which has yielded some of the greatest music we've ever heard. The hiatus is a bummer, but the true fans will never forget who Riley, Dustin, Teppei, and Ed are. Thrice is a band of dudes. good dudes. I'll be supportive and at least check out whatever endeavors you guys partake in in the future, but I'll also be anticipating a Thrice reunion someday.I've known about this farewell tour for months, but the nearest place is Detroit MI and I live in northern MN (Chicago sold out fast). So, I convinced the lady to take a 14 hour drive with me to see you guys. I'm looking forward to this show, to say the very least. I really wish you guys the best on the tour and in the future. I hope that it isn't a series of "lasts", and it might be. However, when this chapter closes perhaps another one will open in which a series of "firsts" will be experienced. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the inspiration, Riley. - sincerely, Fred Kiesel - Hibbing MN.

Neil
Neil

Best of luck with everything on the tour! I am infinitely bummed that the House of Blues in San Diego show that I wanted to go to sold out so quickly, and that I won't be back in the Bay Area in the time for the SF show (really want to see Animals as Leaders too, ahh), but I am extremely happy for you and the band and I look forward to that live album that will be coming out.

Todd Breeden
Todd Breeden

Great post. This will be my (had to type out to remember)

1) Warped Tour 2004 (Gainesville,VA-Jiffy Lube aka Nissan Pavillion)2) Tour with Brand New (Norfolk-Norva)3) Headline Tour (Richmond-National)4) Tour with Rise Against (Baltimore-Ram's Head)5) Tour with Brand New (Richmond-National)6) Headline Tour (Norfolk-Norva)7) Headline Tour (Richmond-National)

8th and hopefully not the last time i get to see you guys.

Thanks for the inspiration, hard work, and dedication to your fans through Hermitology, OCWeekly, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I feel like the setlist is going to take me back to some great past times and memories that I've shared with so many people. Thrice is the only band to really expand and experiment with different approaches, sounds, and styles while still keeping a strong following. The amount of respect I have for you guys isn't measurable. I wish you all the best during your hiatus. Also looking forward to hearing your new instrumentals and some of your jams with Ed. Good luck on tour, see you guys soon. Cheers.

Dylan
Dylan

Super excited to see you guys. It'll be my 8th time? I had to appreciate 3 out of the 4 cities you listed being as I currently live in Austin, moved from Atlanta and spent several wonderful weekends in Savannah, and spent a short time in Seattle where I absolutely fell in love with the Pudget Sound and cannot wait to move there one day. I have to go to ATL for a wedding in May, I leave Austin on the day you play here. You play ATL the last night I'm home in town. You best believe I'm seeing you there!! Thanks for all the great music and fun over the years!

hugo (PT)
hugo (PT)

You named the wrong Torche album.Although if one hasn't checked out Meanderthal, one should get it immediately. 

Have fun. And be careful when crossing the street.

Riley
Riley

Haha. Whoops. Thanks, Hugo. I told you my brain was all over the place.

hugo (PT)
hugo (PT)

heh, Scatterbrain.

By the way, Torche is just one of the several bands I've found out about thanks to you, from when you posted your recommendations on Thrice.net. So, thank YOU for everything you've done for me ever since I caught All That's Left on TV.

deeface
deeface

 I can't wait to see you guys this summer in June in So. Cal.. I can't even count how many times I've seen you guys live I'm even going to see you on cinco de mayo. Hope you guys have an awesome farewell tour and wish you guys all the best!

Enrique
Enrique

We couldn't be more proud and grateful for the past 14 years Riley. And somehow you writing all of this things, sharing that bittersweet feeling, makes us feel we're not in this alone. I'm quite sure Teppei will be one of the greatest leather crafters, Dustin will fulfill his wishes and devote to his family and the church, and you and your brother will continue to make this amazing team that has been formed over the past years. And even if there is not a single chord played as a band after this tour, we will still have an amazing discography to hold on to, for the rest of our lives, although some of us will hold to our hope, that one day we'll rise, when the time is right. Much love man, much love.

Rossdee
Rossdee

May you guys rock london to its core -my only regret is that circumstances dictate I won't be there. Still, the two times I saw you (Glasgow, The garage, Where we may have shouted repeatedly for Phoenix Ignition in the encore - sorry about that - and for which I still have your setlist, complete with what I'm assuming as click track speeds or something. numbers anyway, but I digress) and Reading Festival on the main stage in 2010, where despite the fact that you may not have drawn the biggest crowd, you definitely put on one of my favourite performances af the festival.

Alas, the London date's in the heart of exam season for me, so as much as my heart wishes I could to the 10 hr bus trip each way to london, my head said no (as did my bank balance, but I'd have sold a kidney if it was mere money in the way). I'll no doubt look the next day at what the setlist was, line up a playlist to that effect, and raise a glass to a band whose music has been a part of my life's soundtrack in one form or another since the early noughties, hoping that someday in the future, the hiatus will end and you'll come back over to the UK.

After all, I still  want to hear Phoenix Ignition :P

N.B. are there any plans to record the shows for a final last Live release sorta thing? I personally think it'd be pretty cool

Jess S.
Jess S.

Thank you for everything with Thrice and your charitable work. Can't wait to see you all again on this tour!

Alex Miller
Alex Miller

Wish you the best on the tour! Thanks for everything

Angelcasta77
Angelcasta77

Well, my Tuesday mornings are going to be boring in class now. See you in June though.

Jimmaayryan
Jimmaayryan

Can't wait to see you guys 4 times on this tour. After the show at marque in AZ, my buddy will be playing a thrice acoustic tribute show at chronic taco right down the street on mill ave if u guys want to come and hang out with some dieheart fans. Either way thanks for everything you guys have done for me and the rest of your fans.

Adam Metcalf
Adam Metcalf

This post made me very nostalgic. I'm attending a handful of shows on this tour. It will be the ultimate definition of bitter sweet. It's been an amazing run, and i'm grateful that you guys all decided to join forces and play music. From First Impressions to M/m your music has impacted my life in ways nothing else ever has. Thanks for everything Riley. I'm looking forward to seeing you guys play a few more times, and hopefully I get the chance to chat it up with you by the bus, or outside the venue at least once. 

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