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  1. Derek™

    Shoegaze/Dream Pop Thread

    This was released today and I have to say I’m quite enjoying it. Who else checked it out?
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    Listen to Hold Up a Light and then any chart toppers from Nickelback. It isn’t difficult. One thing I do miss a great deal about “classic” Thrice is Dustin’s lyrics. They’re so blunt and boring with this current state of the band. Compare the themes of Image of the Invisible to the literal “fight the system, don’t be silent!” lyrics on these past 2 albums.
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    They need to call Emma back for additional collaborations, because Just Breathe seems like the album’s highlight.
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    On first listen and the chorus of Hold Up a Light just hit. Yikes. I feel like I’m about 1 tank-top and 3 Monster energy drinks unprepared for this banger.
  5. Listened to this the other day and enjoyed it but J&W resonated more on first listen. Album art screams “antennas to heaven”.
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    Low - "Double Negative"

    Oh, I’m well aware of what VC core is. (See also: Touché Amoré, Balance & Composure, etc.) Topshelf and Deathwish catch-alls feel like a stretch to me, and I almost never see love for slowcore on this board outside of the occasional discussion from Bronchitis and throwgncpr, if I’m not mistaken.
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    Low - "Double Negative"

    I think one of us must have a super skewed perception of what constitutes VC-core.
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    FacePalms variant /100.
  9. It's a slapper. Have always enjoyed that one. The album has some great moments here and there but they're hidden and sprinkled lightly in just a handful of songs, which is a far cry from their ability to write entire songs or albums that command the spotlight and hold it.
  10. How's the rest of the record stack up compared to Quiet Beneath, Gumbo? That track took a minute to go places but I really like where it went.
  11. I’m trying to imagine what it’s like to be skeptical of an upcoming mewithoutYou record and I really can’t.
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    The first part of this post completely misses the mark. Most current Thrice fans (read: anyone checking out a new Thrice album in 2018) are loyal because of how much the band has progressed and changed their sound – while retaining quality – for over a decade. To say that people are harping on “new Thrice” because they’re still enamored with Deadbolt or want Vheissu 2.0 is a pretty foolish sentiment to make. I’ll admit that I got into Thrice with IOS, and mostly on account of Teppei’s riffs. But if they hadn’t released Vheissu, Alchemy, and even Beggars over the years... I don’t think my tastes would be half as varied as they are, today. This is a band with a sound that has grown and matured as my own tastes have, from the early 2000s. I owe them a lot as far as my musical discoveries are concerned. But TBEITBN is loaded with cheese. And while I haven’t listened to the new album, that Grey single was full fledged movie-trailer radio rock. It has nothing to do with longing for nostalgia – it does, however, have a lot to do with recognizing boring-ass anthemic choruses and generic lyrics. (Sorry, Dusty.) I’m willing to listen to Palms with an open mind, don’t get me wrong... but I’m absolutely expecting a very safe, polished, borderline boring album from a band that spent a decade or more writing music that pushed the comfort zone of my tastes and broadened my musical horizons as a result. Also “I like it for what it is” is probably the biggest fold-over seal of mediocrity I’ve ever heard. Holy shit. Thrice were never a band that put out records that “has its moments”.
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    [PO] Thrice - Palms (9/14/2018)

    You don't have to be a dad to know butt rock when you hear it.
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