Just came back from the Boston show - probably one of my least favorite Thrice shows of all time. And I hate to say that, especially cause I got my brother, Marty and quite a few of my friends to meet up together so I thought it would be an amazing reunion show. Missed Gates, and from what I heard, I'm glad I did. La Dispute was fucking awful. Like a store brand Thursday - and I don't like Thursday (except for Jet Black New Year, that song is sweet). And then Thrice came on with Hurricane - I was like fuck yeah the wave of nostalgia is back. And Silhouette. Dust and Nations....All the World is Mad. Really solid start. A band with this many amazing songs should just have killer shows now...not so. They somehow manage to choose their shittiest songs to play. Like Stay With Me, which is basically the worst song on the new record save for Wake Up. Back Draft, which I mean the fucking Fire record is one of their best and basically every other song is amazing (minus Flame Deluge) and this is the one you picked? The middle was just so mediocre. And then the ending was sick - hearing In Years to Come was crazy, but I was really hoping that IOS song they haven't played in a decade was So Strange I Remember You cause coincidentally, they played it about 10 years ago for when they redid it just before Vheissu came out. Oh well.
One final thing I'd like to echo that Vito accurately laid it down, is that Thrice is indeed grouped into a shitty genre basically because of IOS and TAITA - and now they're stuck there in spite of their music evolving way past that multiple times. At least for me, I got into them in 2003, right as TAITA and Saosin's Translating the Name came out, which I thought were just insanely good - and because that was associated with post-hardcore, i was like I want to hear more of this, and all that lead me to were the bands Vito showed - and I basically hated all of them. If anything, I just got more into metal (Darkest Hour, Protest the Hero, Dillinger Escape Plan). And yes, I too listen to basically 0 rock anymore save for Thrice, which I think in a way is sad because my roots are all in rock, and you would think even one new band would come out that was good, and I just haven't heard it.
He addressed this in the Reddit AMA - that's not what he was attempting, it was meant to be quite literal. He could see how we could interpret that, but wanted to leave that in the past. As much as I love this album, I totally agree. Somehow after Alchemy Index, they reverted to very blues-influenced, generic rock. I don't even listen to rock anymore or play it - I'm all electronic music now. And yet...I think sometimes, in spite of all of this, some people are just fanboys. I'm a fanboy. Even if on paper it's not a good album, a lot of the songs move me, and I can't really explain why other than my album reviews. Perhaps in artificially inflates my rating of the new album. Perhaps it does for a few people on here - but then again, this is the reincarnation of the thrice.net forum, so we're not exactly the most unbiased source of album review I can only speak anecdotally from singing in a band in college, but some days you're just off. I know now that I'm 30 (yikes, I was 17 when I joined the thrice.net forum), my vocal chords don't have the same elasticity they once did, and even then, some days your voice doesn't cooperate. My guess is it just was a bad day for Dustin, I don't want to immediately assume his voice simply sucks now, otherwise the album would have sounded much worse. Dustin actually said in the AMA that JEW was the most likely candidate because of Riley's connections teching for JEW, and apparently they wanted to tour together many times but their touring schedules were always in conflict and it could never work. I can't believe you live like 5 blocks from me now and we still haven't seen each other since I moved to southie 2 years ago. Come over and grill on my back porch, dammit. A huge thing you missed: there is a B-side and it's release date is still TBA.
Just that the chorus "we gotta wake up" is like what every high school punk band writes about when they're trying to tell their friends that they need to stop being robots and falling in line with the system to "wake up" and think for yourself. Even though the actual lyrics sound like some Anne Frank shit.
my first post back in 3 years and getting questioned about my grammar. you know i can ban you right? he felt disillusioned by what he stood for but he felt disenfranchised from his work with the line "all he said was to just shut my mouth and do the 'will of God'" - that was when he knew he had no say in the matter and no power to really fight what he stood for.
EDIT: this was my collection of thoughts on the album's first pass that I put on the Thrice subreddit Hurricane - If you were to play Major/Minor and TBEITBN as one continuous album...could there be a better song to follow up Anthology (and we all pretend that Disarmed doesn't end that album)? Also 1:39 of this song and 1:42 ofListen Through Me ...they like that sound I guess! I really hope they start their new tour with this as their first song. What a comeback! Blood on the Sand - We've had enough time to soak this one in. I knew it wasn't going to be their best song, but it's got that Image of the Invisible-esque catchiness that makes it a solid single choice. The Window - If you wanted to recreate the intro to Radiohead's Paranoid Android in the vein of Thrice, and then took the breakdown from Between the End and Where We Lie, and then ended it with I want to say All the World is Mad? Yeah, it's a chimaera of Thrice and their love affair with Radiohead. Wake Up - This song sounds like a B-side from Beggars, cause it's bluesy as heck - some serious The Weight vibes going on. It's so funny how portentous Vheissu ended up being for their future sound. The Earth Will Shake was like the lynchpin for songs like this and for the entire Beggars album. Especially that breakdown, it's like TEWS's grown-up cousin. The Long Defeat - The Alchemy Index - Air called, they want their song back. Oh man, those vocal harmonies in the chorus, dang son, it's like Broken Lungs is twice as long and we're only now hearing the 2nd half. Seneca - I was like damn this song is brooding and moody, I can't wait for this to kick in...and then it was over Black Honey - As far as singles go, this one is my pick over Blood on the Sand - such a catchy chorus, "do it again til I got what I need" - damn I want to sing that forever. Again, really drawing from their Beggars / Major/Minor style on this one, especially the breakdown. We've heard this one enough to leave it at that. Stay With Me - Like Wake Up, At the Last, Listen Through Me, and Night Diving The Earth Isn't Humming before it, this song will go into the bucket of songs you will never request they play at a live show. Can't win em all... Death from Above - Premiered a few days ago so it's still fresh. The vocals are sweet, really sweet, I really like singing along to this song. It's got some Arsonist vibes going on and I'm okay with it, but with way more melody than anything on Alchemy Index - Fire. I want to say this is the most original song Thrice has made on this album, because it's the hardest one to pin down which previous album it was influenced by, other than occasional Arsonist nod as mentioned above. Whistleblower - Of Dust and Nations 2.0???? Of Dust and Nations 2.0. Salt & Shadow - THE FUCKING SONNETS ARE BACK BABY. ALCHEMY INDEX V, ALL THE FEELS I HAD FOR SILVER WINGS AND THE WHALER COME FLOODING BACK. WHO IS CUTTING ONIONS IN MY LIVING ROOM? WHO CUTS ONIONS IN A LIVING ROOM? Now that I've listened to the album I want to say a dozen times now, here are my even more condensed thoughts: Hurricane still fucking rules. It's a whilrwind of emotion for me, really heavy lyrics. Fun to play on the guitar. Blood on the Sand I'm already over it. I still agree that it's got the same level of cheese that Image of the Invisible did. They choose the worst singles. The Window Is Between the End and Where We Lie and Paranoid Android by Radiohead. I stand by that. I like that this album draws all the way back to Vheissu, and this could totally has been on Vheissu, makes me appreciate that album more. Wake Up is cheese to the max. The lyrics are like what every kid who starts a punk band writes about. It plays because I forget to skip it. The Long Defeat instantly reminds me of why I the Alchemy Index has grown on me as an album, particularly Air. Really melodic and sad sounding, I like that. Seneca is a reference to the philosopher who coined the term of the album: "Who is everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.“
Black Honey grew on me. A lot. Love that the topic is on greed and the mentality of those in power. Death From Above is also growing a lot on me. It's clearly about a US drone bomber (or pilot?) who is disenfranchised by his work and what it stands for. Really intense, which makes me appreciate it much more. Whistleblower is clearly about Snowden. I love the "fuck you" attitude around these lyrics. That second verse: "You told me to keep quiet / that I'd ruin everything / But I'd rather start a riot / Than help you pull those strings / You told me to kneel / But I'll tell the real story". Damn son. Salt and Shadow is the best song on this track - tied with Hurricane because in my mind, they're one song. The ideal scenario is this song plays to start the set of their live tour. Dustin walks on, sings this song...as it ends, the rest of the band walks on stage. Hurricane starts. Everyone wonders who is cutting onions in the crowd. The world is right again.
They'll cost you the same draft slot next year (and will cost you two rounds earlier in subsequent years).
Does that mean a 3rd round pick this year will cost me a 1st round next year? And years later? Seems harsh.
They'll cost you the same draft slot next year (and will cost you two rounds earlier in subsequent years).
So if I keep a 3rd rounder from last year, I forfeit my 3rd round pick this year and my 1st round pick next year? Subsequent years plural...what does that imply?
Writing down your goals and making them public helps you set accountability for yourself, so I applaud your efforts thus far.
I can't really comment on your work goals other than do what you love and get paid for it.
For working out, I would continue to work with a program like Starting Strength, but according to your meal plan you NEED to eat more meat. There is a dearth of meat and an excess of protein shakes and non-whole foods. You need to eat more whole foods, and more food in general.
For your women woes, how I "did it" was I worked on myself - not just physically, but psychologically. If we could look back on my general demeanor on the boreds (and even the Thrice boards) over the past few years, you'd see that I had some pretty severe shyness and lacking in self-confidence. That stems from a litany of issues dating back to adolescence with my father. I've since made huge strides in both action and therapy to architect the personality that I have today, that *as a byproduct, not a goal*, makes me more attractive to women. You're already shooting yourself in the foot with women by not being happy about yourself.
How can you expect someone else to love you if you can't even love yourself?
As my mom said, giving the best advice I ever received, you have to be able to walk into an empty room and be happy with the company. Only then can you feel good about being with others. And it's very true. I didn't feel that way and that reflected my past success of dating emotionally-damaged women who did all the work of approaching and escalating the relationship. I needed to "take the power back" because now that I'm out of college, I needed to do the work and get myself into the lives of women I was really searching for.
So taking charge of your life and being accountable is the first step, and you got that. Now you need to ACT and transform yourself physically AND mentally.