Dustin Kensrue Releases "It's Not Enough" Video

Former Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue has released the video for his latest solo single, “It’s Not Enough.”

The latest single to surface off Kensrue’s forthcoming album, “It’s Not Enough” is a somber release with a fittingly simple video. The clip features Kensrue walking on a sound stage treadmill while a variety of nature and archival footage plays in the background. The song itself oozes religious overtones, but that’s nothing new for the singer. You can view the clip below.

Spirituality as a theme has become more prevalent as Kensrue has moved into a solo career. “It’s Not Enough” reflects this, with lyrics and structure that could very well have been pulled out of a hymnal. Fans have never had much of an issue with these messages in the past, but now that it is becoming more of a focus it will certainly be interesting to see how people will react.

Kensrue will release his latest album, The Water And The Blood, on October 1. (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Thrice Talk Hiatus, Jazz, and 'Anthology'

Throughout the past decade, Thrice fans have become accustomed to surprising stylistic changes with each new album, but no surprise was greater than when the band announced their hiatus in November 2011, only several months after the release of their last studio album, Major/Minor. Though the band made clear that the hiatus announcement was not a breakup, many devoted fans still felt the loss acutely. As a send“off, the band organized a farewell tour that would be recorded and memorialized in Anthology, a live double album that the band is offering as a set of four vinyl LPs. We recently caught up with bassist Ed Breckenridge to reflect on the band’s career, his plans for the future, and what advice he would give his 15-year-old self.

OS: Reflecting on your entire Thrice career thus far, what have been some of your favorite moments with the band?

EB: There are tons of moments¦that’s hard. Recording sessions are filled with lots of amazing moments, shows, working out new songs. It’s really hard to single them out. I’d say that my favorite part about being in the band was meeting so many great people and learning so much about music, life, and the world. I’m already missing that a ton. (more…)

Stream Thrice's Live Album – "Anthology"

Still heartbroken about Thrice breaking up? Well don’t you worry. They understand, and just to show how much they care, they’ve put together a 24-song collection of select live recordings from their farewell tour. The limited edition physical 4-LP/2-CD box set is set to be released next week on October 30 by Staple Records, but you can hear it right now streaming on SoundCloud! So grab your buddies and some tissues, sit back, and enjoy the final recordings of Thrice as you weep for the demise of one of our generations greatest bands. (Suck it up. There’s probably gonna be a reunion anyway.)

If you like Thrice, then you might also like OurStage’s own This Armistice.

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June Divided

The genesis story of June Divided isn’t that different from the vast majority of bands. Boy meets girl at college. Boy and girl write songs in dorm rooms. Boy and girl find drummer through Craigstlist; recruit college buddy on bass. But not every band immediately goes on to gigs at SXSW, Warped Tour, and mtvU. The velocity of June Divided’s career can be attributed to the band’s potent pop rock. Think Jimmy Eats world meets Thrice meets Paramore. On Bullet jagged guitars intersect with the candy-coated barb of singer Melissa Menago’s vocals. It’s a joyride through distortion and melody, meant to be cranked up and rocked out to. The adrenaline levels don’t dip in Perfect Storm where guitars are braided together, drums crash, and Menago’s plaintive voice reaches up into the firmament. I think this might be the calm before the storm, she sings. So do we.

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Exclusive Q&A: Thrice Joins the 'Major/Minor' Leagues

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsAlternative rockers Thrice, one of the major stalwarts of the wildly popular post-hardcore scene in the early ’00s, have certainly gone through significant changes since their beginnings. But, the differences don’t take shape physically within the band in terms of participating members or even necessarily in the creative process. As the band members have progressed over the years, their growth as individuals have had a tremendous effect on the maturing mood and atmosphere of their music. Thrice is now often seen as a storied veteran of the alternative rock scene, and continue to shift their sound towards a multitude of new directions that could not have been predicted back in the early days of the band’s career. In this exclusive interview, drummer Riley Breckenridge goes over all of the elements that went into their latest album Major/Minor and reflects on the history of the band.


OS: Back when you announced the album, you said that each member was writing music individually for the album. How did that affect the dynamic of the music when you got together to record?

RB: There really wasn’t much difference from any prior records. Everybody’s kind of been a contributor to the songwriting process since as early as I can remember really. When it comes to write a record, everybody kind of works on their own when they have time individually and then when it comes time to write songs, the first step of that process is us bringing the hard drive or iPod with song ideas record on it. We all sit in the same room, listen to what everyone’s got, take notes and figure out what might work and what might not work. You start to get a clearer picture of where the record’s headed based on these ideas that are coming from four people with really different tastes in music. One of the things that makes us us is working hard to get those songs, those ideas, to a place where we’re all content with them.


Rock 'n' Roll Call: Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3

It’s been ten years since the release of Punk Goes Metal, the first of a nine-disc set of cover compilations released by Fearless Records. Today, the tenth installment in the series, Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3, hits shelves.

Upon first view of the tracklisting, you may be surprised to see which artists appear on this record. While the early Punk Goes… albums featured scene staples like Yellowcard, The Starting Line, Thrice and Taking Back Sunday, Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3‘s lineup includes few artists that the average music listener would know (and certainly no bands that truly qualify as “punk”). The question from here on out, then, is: Can the underdogs pull their weight?

The album starts off with a cover of Jay Sean‘s “Down” by “crunkcore” duo Breathe Carolina. Unfortunately for Breathe Carolina, the very mention of “crunkcore” will be enough to keep many from giving this track a chance.

Crunkcore duo Breathe Carolina open the record with their cover of Jay Sean's "Down"

“Down” does set the tone for most of the record, though, which reflects the hottest trend in pop rock: the electronic-meets-screamo style made famous by bands like Attack Attack! and 3OH!3. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, be warned: you probably won’t like most of Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3.

The third track, a cover of Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance,” comes to us from OurStage band Artist Vs Poet. Though it’s been covered a million times already, this is a solid version of it and remains very true to the original.

Another highlight of the record is Mayday Parade‘s cover of Jason Derülo‘s “In My Head.” Vocalist Derek Sanders can hit all the high notes without relying on autotune, and the track as a whole is refreshingly straight forward and not overproduced.

We Came As Romans' cover of "My Love" might just give JT a run for his money

After the harmony-laden pop vocals of Sparks the Rescue‘s cover of “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum fade out, you may be caught off-guard by the growls of We Came As Romans vocalist David Stephens. Romans’ cover of “My Love” actually ends the record nicely, though, with clean vocalist Kyle Pavone’s Justin Timberlake-like croon going head-to-head with breakdowns and synth riffs.

Unfortunately, covers do not always do the original song justice (you’ll probably find yourself skipping The Ready Set‘s bland version of B.o.B and Hayley Williams’ “Airplanes”), but if you’re a fan of teen “popcore,” you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised with this collection.

Pick up Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3 in record stores and online today and check out Mayday Parade’s cover of “In My Head” below!


1. Breathe Carolina – “Down” (originally recorded by Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne)
2. Woe, Is Me – “Hot ‘N Cold” (originally recorded by Katy Perry)
3. Artist Vs Poet – “Bad Romance” (originally recorded by Lady GaGa)
4. Mayday Parade – “In My Head” (originally recorded by Jason Derülo)
5. Asking Alexandria – “Right Now (Na Na Na)” (originally recorded by Akon)
6. This Century – “Paper Planes” (originally recorded by M.I.A.)
7. The Word Alive – “Heartless” (originally recorded by Kanye West)
8. Family Force 5 – “Bulletproof” (originally recorded by La Roux)
9. Of Mice & Men – “Blame It” (originally recorded by Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain)
10. Miss May I – “Run This Town” (originally recorded by Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Rihanna)
11. The Ready Set – “Airplanes” (originally recorded by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams)
12. Cute Is What We Aim For – “Dead And Gone” (originally recorded by T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake)
13. Sparks The Rescue – “Need You Now” (originally recorded by Lady Antebellum)
14. We Came As Romans – “My Love” (originally recorded by Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.)

Q&A With Thrice

When you think of a band’s career, it’s important to consider the evolution of their sound. Thrice is a great example of a band that effectively experiments and evolves with each new release. They’ve put out punk records, pop/rock records, records with hardcore influences and even concept albums. Their latest release Beggars is their most mature effort yet. Despite being leaked before being released, the album has been a success, particularly in the eyes of their fans. Drummer Riley Breckenridge was able to give us the inside scoop on their writing process, how the felt about this summer’s touring cycle, and their upcoming plans. Check it out:

OS: What has made the band stick to charitable donations with every album release?

RB: I think we just feel really fortunate to be able to do what we do for a living. I think we want to share some of that good fortune with people that need it. Hopefully, by us doing it, we can raise awareness amongst the people who listen to our music and appreciate what we do. We want to show them that making charitable donations, whether monetary or sharing your skills, doesn’t require you to be a movie star, a huge band like U2 or Oprah Winfrey. Hopefully it will encourage people to get involved. As a result, a lot of small donations can build up to something big and life-changing for people that need it.

In terms of choosing the charity, we get a few ideas together and decide what feels right. On this last record, Beggars, instead of having a percentage of the sales go to a charity, we decided to work with Invisible Children. They’re such a dedicated group of people, and they’re working really hard for change. On some of our tours, we had them come out and set up a table, just so they can educate people  and it’s there. People can then get involved and make a human contact, instead of just buying a record where x amount of dollars go to a cause. By having Invisible Children out with a  table on tour, with literature and t-shirts and DVDs, people can talk to them, learn about the situation and find out ways they can get involved beyond buying something.

OS: The Alchemy Index was a really interesting concept. How did you come up with this?

RB: It was actually an idea that Dustin had. He presented it as a way that we could experiment more than we had in the past. We could take ideas and push them in a certain direction. All the EP’s in this release were themed to an element, and we assigned certain sonic qualities to each element. On a normal record, we’d try to push the songs into sounding more like Thrice. For The Alchemy Index, we’d just let, say, an acoustic song be an acoustic song. For the Water disc, if somebody had something they had written on synth, Rhodes or with a lot of delay, we’d just let it stay like that. It was a huge challenge, and a huge learning experience, but I think it’s something that helped us grow as musicians and songwriters.

OS: You recorded your most recent release Beggars on your own. Why did you guys choose to move in a DIY direction?

RB: We took some of the recording budget for Vheissu back in 2005 and decided to turn the detached garage at Teppei’s house into a little studio/rehearsal space. It’s like a room built within a room in a two-car garage. It’s really cramped, but that became a place where we could rehearse for tour. We then bought studio equipment and we were able to do demo’s. When it came time to do The Alchemy Index and Beggars, because we felt comfortable with Teppei’s engineering skills and our decision-making, we figured from a cost standpoint it would be a lot wiser for us to record for ourselves. Even though it’s cramped, it’s nice to have something we can call our own, rather than buying studio time and feeling like renting a place. It’s ours for however long we need it.

OS: Why did the band opt for a more energetic record this time around?

RB: I think part of it was because of what we had done on The Alchemy Index, because we were pushing all these ideas in different directions, and because the writing/recording process kind of felt fractured. When it came to Beggars, we were really excited to just get back to having the four of us being in the same room together, jamming ideas out and letting things happen.

OS: Other than that, you did the festival circuit in Europe this past summer. Do these festivals differ from your US shows?

RB: I think so. The festivals are kind of overwhelming in a sense because there are so many people, so many bands, and the people there are fans of so many types of music. If you look at a festival like Leads/Reading, we’re playing with Blink, Paramore, Limp Bizkit, The Drums, Local Natives and Holy Fuck. There are all these bands from a bunch of genres, so you have a chance to play for people that wouldn’t come to see you normally.

The club shows over there have a level of enthusiasm that is sometimes lacking in the States, because we don’t make it over there that much. People are really excited and they know that this is going to be the last time that we’ll be in the UK/Europe for a while. So they’ll be excited to come out to the shows. It’s really cool, and I’m glad we’re finishing up this touring cycle by heading over there again. We’ll get a chance to play for a ton of people.

OS: You did a date with Blink 182 while you were over there. What’s your relationship with these guys?

RB: Yeah, we did main support in an open-air arena in Germany. We met Mark in Australia when we were playing a festival. He was over there with Plus 44, so we met him real briefly. MacBeth has been super supportive of us, and we know Tom through that. For me, Blink is one of the reasons that I’m in a band. Back in ’92 or ’93, I remember going to The Whiskey in LA, or San Diego, or Ventura. That was before I was into music or anything. Seeing them up there playing music, inspired me top pick up an instrument and play. To have a chance to play with them now is awesome. I’d mentioned it to my friends, but 1994 me is absolutely shitting his pants right now.

OS: When can we expect the next release?

RB: We’re hoping to get something out for next summer. We were kind of holding out to see what was going to happen in the fall. We were thinking about trying to do some kind of support tour, like last time supporting Rise Against. It would be a cool way to end the cycle. Nothing came up though, so I think we’re all in the headspace of kind of being ready to start writing and work on a new record. There’s been a little bit of a discussion of doing something a little bit heavier than Beggars. How we’re going to make that happen hasn’t been decided. We’re going to try and get into stuff that’s a little more riff-based or heavier. We always talk about direction, but when we start putting songs together, they kind of take on their own life. So we’ll see what happens.

After deciding to opt out of a fall/winter tour, the band is currently working on their next studio effort. Keep an eye out for it’s release down the pipes.