Last month’s release of “The Alchemy Index: Vols. III & IV — Earth & Air” brought to an end a particularly ambitious chapter for modern rockers Thrice.
In 2007, the group debuted the concept with “The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II — Fire & Water” — and surprised fans who were expecting more headbanging expressions of angst. But Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue hopes the group comes out of the “Alchemy Index” project with a more liberated creative berth.
“To me the band is whatever the four of us create,” says Kensrue, 27. “It’s frustrating when people think that the band, any band, is somehow stuck in the past. That’s not a very creative place to be.
“But for this it seems like almost all the people who have been with us on the journey for awhile and are interested in us have been really excited about the whole project — especially since they’ve had a chance to hear the whole thing now. I think people have a new appreciation for what we can do.”
Nevertheless, Kensrue says he and his bandmates have “no idea” what they’ll do in the wake of the “Alchemy Index” albums.
“I don’t think we’ll do something as conceptual again,” he says. “In that sense it’s gonna be like where we were at before, where we were just bringing a bunch of ideas to the table and seeing what works. I think the difference is that the scope we’re thinking in now is a lot broader.
“It’s kind of fun. It’s really open. I feel almost like we’re starting the band again, in a way.”
Thrice, Circa Survive and Pelican perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 15) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $17.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.