Thrice has been a staple in the alternative-modern-rock world for nearly ten years now.
With no real need for introduction, Thrice is known for effortlessly and continuously releasing
groundbreaking records. Their eighth album Major/Minor is no exception.
Major/Minor was tracked and produced by long-time friend and Vheissu mixer, Dave
Schiffman at Redbull Studios in Los Angeles. Much like Beggars, Major/Minor was derived in
large part by jam sessions and is quite literally the brain-child of all four band members. “We
have four very different minds in our band. We all enjoy very different areas of music, and
share a very similar center, notes bassist Eddie. “The songs on Major/Minor are essentially
the four of us fighting back and forth to get them to our most centered place.” The resulting
tracks are well worth the fight.
Major/Minor sheds light on a side of Thrice fans have yet to see. Comprised of eleven songs,
the album possesses an analog warmth and organic landscape reminiscent of indie-music’s
predecessor; one of the biggest music trends to come from the underground in the 1990’s.
That’s right, grunge. “When we first showed the demos to Dave, the first thing he said was
‘You guys know you wrote a grunge record, right?,” laughs Teppei. “It’s really funny because
it hadn’t really occurred to us. We just wrote what came naturally.”
That’s not to say Major/Minor is leaps and bounds from its forerunners. Traces of Beggars,
Vheissu, and every other Thrice album are seamlessly laced between guitar driven rock
songs paying tribute to the bands we all knew and loved growing up. And the vocals? Well it
wouldn’t be a Thrice album without Dustin Kensrue’s thought provoking words spread over
the sonic terrain of each song.