PureVolume Exclusive! Watch Thrice's Riley Breckenridge Talk Band History + Early Albums

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After 14 years together, Thrice announced an indefinite hiatus and a whirlwind Farewell tour ensued. But what about those early days, when the band was fresh and its members had years and years of success still ahead?

We caught up with drummer Riley Breckenridge to get the details on everything from that initial formation to their first show and their "regrettable" band name. You'll hear how Breckenridge's failed baseball aspirations set him on the path towards musical success, and how his brother's high school friendship with vocalist Dustin Kensrue and days spent at the skate park, led them to a jam session that ultimately gave life to the band. 

From there, Breckenridge recalled the band's first EP and subsequent three albums. You'll hear about the grungy, cat hair-infested studio which gave rise to First Impressions, learn how Identity Crisis grew from few songs with little financial backing to a Hopeless Records/Sub City re-release, discover why The Illusion of Safety was the real tipping point in the band's career and find out why The Artist and the Ambulance gave way to the biggest whirlwind the band had experienced up to that point.

The album talk doesn't end there, though. We've teamed up with our friends from other punk blogs to premiere the accompanying videos, which feature Breckenridge discussing each effort from Thrice's vast discography. Punk News has Vheissu, Alter The Press has Major/MinorProperty of Zack has BeggarsAbsolutePunk has The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II and Under The Gun has The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV.

Thrice's expansive Anthology live album drops October 30, and you can stream album-track "Words In The Water" here.

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