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THRICE
Bassist Ed Breckenridge

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Bandinterview with Bassist Ed Breckenridge

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Post-Hardcore-pioneers THRICE are going on hiatus for some time. After becoming more of a alternative/prog rock band than the post-hardcore outfit that releases The Illusion of Safety the band is saying goodbye after a ten years plus spinning carrer. Bass player Eddie Breckenridge is answering some questions about the past and the future of THRICE.

You‘re going on hiatus. What were the reasons for this?

EE: Our singer Dustin was presented with some opportunities that he felt were better for his life, family, etc. It was hard for the rest of us to take, but family comes first. 

You also stated that this isn‘t a break up. What do you think, how long will that hiatus be?

It's hard to tell. The rest of us are scrambling to find a way to make a living at the moment. Who knows where that will take us and how our priorities will shift. I don't doubt that we will do music again in the future, but as for right now it's hard to make any predictions.

Dustin and Teppei are married with children, both Breckenridge brothers are neither married nor fathers. What will you and your brother Riley do during your time-off, while Dustin focuses on a normal family life?

The idea having kids and settling down are absolutely on my mind now. I definitely made a point to put the band before all else until just recently when Dustin made the decision to halt the band. This is a crazy life transition. 

With Anthology you release another live record. It was recorded at various shows. Why didn‘t you put out a „normal“ live record which was recorded at just one show?

We wanted to have a pick of the best performances. Unlike a lot of other bands live records we refuse to "doctor" or edit the live performance in post-production. We ended primarily using the recordings from our show in Orlando, Florida. Of the around eight days that we were able to set up the recording rig, Orlando and New York City had the best sounding rooms and some of our better performances. We wanted it to feel real, sound gritty and raw. If a guitar or vocal is out of tune a bit - awesome!!! Keep it! If the feel is there that's all we care about. What's the point of a live record if it has fixed parts and auto tuned vocals, that's not live!

What was the mood like in camp THRICE during your final tour?

Surprisingly positive. Our attitude was, "If this is the last one, we better make it the best one." At times Dustin wasn't really in to hanging out or going out for our family style dinners on tour, but I think it was harder on him than anyone. The more fun he had the more he'd feel crummy about ending it.

What‘s been the best memory/moment of that tour?

It's really hard to pick one. New York was a great night for me. Tons of friends were there and we had a great show, the crowd was amazing, the post show hang was awesome. I love New York and the people there. Then of course there were the multiple home shows we had, too. Those were amazing for a lot of the same reasons.

As diverse as your records are, which songs are more fun to play? The old and more in-your-face tunes like Deadbolt or your more recent tracks?

I like playing the more dynamic songs, songs that move from delicate to heavy. Always have, always will, haha! I don't think Deadbolt has much to offer me anymore. I think there are some cool parts to that song, but of all the songs we wrote as a band, the songs that I dislike the most are probably the more pop punk style songs like Deadbolt. Mixing metal and pop punk always seem kinda crummy to me - even then.

If you look back to when you started this band, if someone told you you‘d become one huge band in this scene, what would you‘ve thought about this?

I would have been really surprised. I'm still surprised. I think we still have a lot to learn. There are so many bands that are amazing and that I look up to that have not had some of the success we have. That's so frustrating to me.

With every new record you pushed the boundaries of the THRICE-sound a little further. You started with a very unique mix of hardcore, metal and emo and ended like a modern prog/alternative rock band. What is your personal favorite THRICE record and why? And is there a record you don‘t like that much?

I'd say that Vheissu is probably my favorite record we did. I love the new records too, but the motivation behind Vheissu was really inspired and in protest to a lot that was going on in our said genre. There were a lot of bands doing melodic heavy music with screaming and singing and it was frustrating because we were lumped in with some bands we thought were horrible, haha. We wanted to make music that was more than just about fitting screaming and singing together in a song. We wanted to experiment with sounds, scream when the lyrics and mood of the song asked for it. We made a lot of people turn away from our band with this record but also gained a lot of integrity for doing whatever the hell we wanted to. It felt punk!

Is there anything in the career of THRICE you might want to change? Something you‘re still mad about and you wish that you would have done it different or even not at all?
I would have tried to make an effort to be less timid. We were never timid in our decision making, or on stage, but we got pushed around a lot by being too nice, or too humble. I never told people I'd meet that I played music or made guitars or anything like that. I could have made a lot of connections that would have been smarter for me in the long run.  I was ashamed to be proud of anything we did.

To someone who just heard about your band. Which record you would recommend somebody to start with, if he‘s interested in THRICE?
That's tough. I'd say try anything Vheissu to present. I think that's where we began to have the most focus and clarity in our mission to make music.

It seems like THRICE is everybody‘s darling. No matter what you released, people praised it. Did you feel pressure during the making of your records? Or did that fact made it easier for you to work?
I never felt pressure until after we finished recording the record. At that point, you could look back at the finished record and ask yourself, "Oh shoot... What did we do? People might hate this." But that's just it, we always just made what felt right and somehow didn't care what the listener thought. Luckily it kind of worked out for us. We never had huge commercial success, but I think that's how we all wanted it anyway. I can't imagine life where you or your band were a household name. That would be horrible.

Any last words?

Thank you so much to all the people that have supported us for so long. The fact that we got to live our dream for so long, let alone at all is unreal. We are eternally grateful. I hope to be back on the road soon playing music with Thrice or with a new project soon. Hope to see you all soon.

Text © by Sebastian Berning