After taking a more experimental and textured approach to its last album, 2009's "Beggars," Thrice went at its recently released "Major/Minor" aiming for "a little more aggression."
"I think we work a fair amount off reaction -- not so much to what's going on around us but to what we've been doing,," says Dustin Kensrue, the Southern California modern rock quartet's frontman. "I think we tend to take good things that we've done and say, 'Let's figure out a new way to do that,' and then take other things we might've been good at but we're sick of and change those up.
"So that's the way we treated the recording and the mix of ('Major/Minor'), but I think it also came out in the writing -- a little more aggressive, a little dirtier, combined with some of the grooves that worked well from 'Beggars.' "
Kensrue, 30, says "Major/Minor" was also impacted by events in the group members' personal lives. His father was diagnosed with brain cancer, while guitarist Teppei Teranishi and rhythm section siblings Eddie and Riley Breckenridge lost their mother and father, respectively to cancer.
"It's been pretty crazy," says Kensrue, "and I think there's a broad spectrum of that stuff on the album. ('Blur') may be the darkest point, but on the other side you have 'Disarmed,' which is kind of ending the record on a different note, a note of hope.
"I'd say those two are kind of the two sides of the coin of this whole time period, which is good. We didn't want (the album) to be all down or all up."
Thrice and La Dispute perform Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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