Thrice recently announced their tenth studio album, Palms, is coming out September 14. This is the second album from the quartet since their return from hiatus in 2016 with To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. Along with the announcement, Thrice released a music video for Palms' first single, "The Grey."
Thrice is a rare band. They're unmarked by a revolving cast and have held a loyal following throughout their career. The four bandmates (two of which are brothers) have been making music together since 1998. Ten albums in 20 years from the same core is undeniably remarkable.
I don't know what to expect from Palms, but what's fundamental to Thrice's success is their absence of lazy writing and stock composition. There isn't one Thrice song that disintegrates into a fade-out or is propped up on exhausted themes. Each album is intricate and demands repeated visits to fully appreciate. They represent one of the pillars of vinyl over streaming - older tech forces you to sit down and let an entire album wash over you.
Thrice has never been afraid to evolve. What they release in September will sound distant from the critically praised albums of the early aughts. But as a fan, that's exactly what I want. It could eventually shake out that Palms is one of their weaker albums, but I can tell you right now it won't be predictable.
Just for fun, here's my power ranking of Thrice albums:
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