Sunday, December 12, 2010

State Of The Music Address

Sooooooo... the other day I was having a Facebook conversation with some people about what crappy music is out nowadays. You have this garbage like Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, then you have your artists who are good, but ruined by being overplayed like Eminem and Bruno Mars, and then you have your unappreciated good artists like Thrice. Now I'm not posting this just to shit on popular artists, no no no. Please don't misunderstand me, although if you'd like to go right ahead, you're just a simple life form that will be taken care of through Darwinism you scumbag... Anyway, I'm posting this simply to write about Thrice. Thrice is a greatly under-appreciated rock band. They still haven't really hit it "big" by most people's terms, but they've been around for over 10 years. I don't mind that they haven't hit it "big". Even with their major label album "Artist in the Ambulance" they didn't quite sell out. They had more radio-friendly, poppy songs and then went another direction, a direction most bands are afraid to go out of fear of alienating their fanbase and their record label. Thrice explored and expanded their musical horizons and went into a heavier and more experimental phase in their music. "Vheissu" was a much heavier and more experimental album than any of their previous three records. The song meanings stayed pretty much in the same vein as the other albums. All their lyrics have a positive message and that's something a lot of today's popular music doesn't have. After "Vheissu", Thrice delved even deeper into their experimental music and released a 4-CD double album called "The Alchemy Index". This album was criticized greatly for not being "normal Thrice". I admit, I'm guilty of not enjoying this album as much as I should have. Their next album was their most recent release titled "Beggars". With this album they breathed life into even their most mellow songs on the album. Despite it not being the aggressive Thrice everyone had grown to love, it was still good. Aside from it being good, it was what Thrice wanted to put out. That's what's most important. That's what makes them so unique and special. They've never been about selling records or becoming famous. They've always been about writing music they like with good messages. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that Thrice is awesome and y'all should listen to them. They're really underrated even though they're the best. Here's a few videos of some really awesome songs.

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