Recently @Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue (vocals/guitar) and Teppei Teranishi (guitar) participated in PG’s Hooked. (The video series features musicians talking about a moment, riff, or song that turned their world upside down and sideswiped them into playing.) Kensrue raved about the Pixies’ dissonant melodies, while Teranishi highlighted Metallica’s heavy impact. And at the conclusion of the video, they both admit the band has a lot of “Pixies” parts and “Metallica” moments throughout its catalog.
Over the course of 11 studio albums—with the help of brothers Eddie (bass) and Riley (drums) Breckenridge—Thrice has explored odd-timing metal (Identity Crisis and The Illusion of Safety), thrashy screamo (The Artist in the Ambulance), maturing post-hardcore (Vheissu and Palms), all-encompassing prog-rock with ethereal escapes and mammoth, surly riffs (The Alchemy Index: Vols. I-IV), and an amalgamation of it all (To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere and Horizons/East). And even after all those years, all those albums, and all their discovered sounds, the Pixies and Metallica continue to be musical planets they orbit while exploring the outer realms of the sonic solar system.
Prior to headlining Nashville’s Mercy Lounge in support of the just-released Horizons/East, Kensrue and Teranishi spoke with PG’s Perry Bean about the changes (and reductions) in their symbiotic setups. Kensrue explains why he’s shifted his live tone (and Horizons/East recordings) to be fully dependent on the Line 6 Helix, and how that impacted the design of his signature Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay. Teranishi chronicles how the pandemic-created time void sent him down the lutherie rabbit hole and resulted in a familiar-looking-but-original build.