Written By: TIFFANY MITCHELL
With nine studio albums and countless tours, alternative-modern rockers Thrice, attracts a huge fan base and earns a spot on everyone’s playlist. After releasing their last album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, the California foursome take to the road this November to co-headline a tour with Circa Survive with support from Chon and Balance & Composure. The tour will begin on November 2,2017 in San Jose, CA and will end December 8,2017 in Maplewood, MN. I had the opportunity to speak with drummer Riley Breckenridge about their upcoming fall tour and what we can expect to see and hear. Check out the interview below and then go buy a ticket to location near you before they sell out.
Shockwave Magazine: Hey what’s up? This is Tiffany with Shockwave Magazine. I have Riley Breckenridge of the band Thrice on the line. Hey what’s going on Riley, how you doing?
Riley Breckenridge: Pretty good.
Today is your off day right?
Yeah we just got back from a weekend where we did two festivals. One in Milwaukee and one in Louisville. Got home last night about nine o’clock so I’m enjoying my day off at home, yeah.
Yeah I was there in Louisville, at Louder Than Life right? Bet you’re glad to have a rest.
Yeah I mean we’ve have been going at it that hard in the last couple months, we did a tour with Deftones and Rise Against in June and July and we’ve been home since then just doing these festival dates on the weekend.
You guys are about to head out on that fall tour?
We got one more fest in like three weeks and then the Circa Survive tour starts like a month from today or a month from yesterday.
Yep November second. So tell me about that, you guys are co-headlining with Circa Survive right?
Yeah, we’re headlining with Circa and the two support bands are awesome bands that I really enjoy listening to. So I’m gonna be stoked to watch them play every night. Those are Chon and Balance & Composure. And I think it’s going to be cool, we did we did a tour in 2008 with Circa and they became really good friends of ours and they are guys that I keep in touch with pretty regularly. So it’s gonna be cool, a bunch of rad bands and good friends and a really good way to end the year.
Did you guys put this tour together yourself?
Yeah it’s something that we’ve been talking about for a while. And I feel like anytime you do a tour with a band and the vibe is as good as it’s been with Circa in the past, after you do it you’re always like, awe man we should do that again. And it’s really easy to talk about, but to make it happen is difficult just because you know bands get on different schedules and different record cycles. You know they’ve gotten a lot bigger since the last time we went out with them. Then it’s just like working around the proximity clauses for certain cities. Like you know, if Circa Survive played a city a month ago we can’t hit that on this tour, and if we played somewhere like a festival or something, we can’t do that. There’s like clauses in contracts where if you sign to play this show in this city, it basically excludes you from playing within a certain radius of that city for x amount of time. So that’s another hurdle you have to get through. But for us and Circa, it was basically we’re just on different record cycles and the timing never really worked out, but it worked out this time so we’re stoked.
Hell Yeah. So what kind of set list can we can we expect on this tour with Circa Survive?
Yeah, it’s going to be… well it’s always tough. We’ve got like one hundred plus songs and nine full length records, and this is a co-headliner. We’ll be playing for like an hour and fifteen minutes every night, which is a little bit shorter than we would normally play on our own headlining tour. So 75 minutes which I think that’s like, and I’m not great at math, but I think it’s around 13 or 14 songs for us. But trying to pick 14 songs that are not only representative of the history of the band but also songs that are on the new record that are going over well with folks and maybe some B. Side or something that we haven’t ever played live, might be in there. Then you know dusting off some of the older stuff that we haven’t played in a while, and because the Alchemy Index came out ten years ago, we’re going to do a little segment of the set that will be a tribute to those EP’s.
That is pretty awesome.
So it’s going to be cool, it’s like the end of a record cycle for us and the end of the year us as well. And the end of touring for this record so we’ve done a few tours on this record already. It’s kind of an opportunity for us to try some things that we might not try early in a record cycle or right after a new record comes out. We’re going to try to keep it fresh while trying to keep people happy by playing for them some kind of tried and true favorites.
Yeah, that sounds pretty amazing, what about encores?
I don’t know if there will be encores on this tour.
You’ve got so many great surprises coming up on this tour.
Yeah, I don’t know it’s always a weird thing with like the co-headliner bill. I don’t know, I think we will have to talk to Circa about it. Because we’re going to be flip-flopping. Like one band will headline one night and another will headline the other night. So yeah, I don’t know. We’ll either agree that yes we’re going to do encores and whoever is headlining get to do an encore or maybe we’ll just go, no encore. I don’t know, we really haven’t talked about it.
So you guys are starting the tour out in Arizona and you’re pretty much hitting all the states till the end of December. Coming back strong after your hiatus, what did you guys do during that time off?
You know we took a hiatus because people just needed a break from Thrice. Thrice was put on hold pretty much completely. I mean there was no talk of when we were going to get back together or if we were going to get back together. We all thought it would be a possibility but, we didn’t know if it would be in three years or five years or ten years or whatever. So everybody kind of went off and did their own thing. Dustin got a job and Teppei started a business, and I hopped around from job to job and did some drum teching for a while, and my brother started making basses and started working on the management side of things. You know, you had to kind of… without knowing if Thrice was going to come back, kind of figure out what you were going to do for the next however many years. We all just kind of went off on our own and did our own thing.
So how was that conversation coming back, when and how was Thrice coming back decided?
Justin texted everybody and I wanna say it was around Thanksgiving like two years ago maybe or maybe three years ago. And it was after we’d been on break for about three years, he texted us and was like hey dude, I would really like to think about making some more music with you guys, and I miss you guys and let’s start talking about doing this again. I was stoked. I mean I didn’t want to stop in the first place. So getting that text was really exciting for me. And then both Dustin and Teppei were living up and near Seattle at that time and they both came down here for the Christmas holiday. Then the four of us and our wives went out to dinner and we just sat down and just kind of talked about what we wanted to do next and tried to put together a really rough timeline of how and when we were going to do things, and we just kind of went from there.
Wow, what a great story. Riley thank you so much for your time I know you guys were like really busy and running around so thank you for taking the time to talk. I will see you when you come to the Maryland date with Circa Survive.
Sounds good. Thank you and take care.
Thrice/Circa Survive w/ Chon and Balance & Composure Fall Tour: Grab Your Tickets Right Here.
Two more dates have been added to the tour – 11/11 – Tampa FL 11/28 – Montreal QC