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Jan 25, 2008

Thrice announces Alchemy Index Vols III & IV: Air & Earth

Click here for the press release document! The much anticipated second installment of The Alchemy Index, Vols. III & IV: Earth & Air will be available April 15th, 2008, via Vagrant Records. On Earth & Air, the band channels a panorama of musical moods and soundscapes, creating a spectral beauty of inspiring sound. A departure from songwriting tactics used on all prior releases, The Alchemy Index was done in the band’s own studio and engineered by guitarist Teppei Teranishi, without the assistance of an outside producer. “Although we wrote and recorded all 4 discs in the same time period, there was definitely and different approach to each one,” says singer Dustin Kensrue. Armed with completely open minds and lacking any conceptions as to what this release would bring the newest collection of songs from Thrice is a passionate and beaming follow-up to their celebrated, Fire & Water. From the introductory notes of “Digging My Own Grave,” on the Earth disc, to the sprawling echoed chords of “Come All You Weary,” Thrice have ventured into and conquered a new land in paramount proportions. “Earth was defined in the sense that we knew we wanted it very stripped down, with few electrified instruments or full drums. We recorded almost all of it in an empty wood floored room, as opposed to the studio where the rest of the record was done. It was done much quicker than the rest of the records and was very informal” says Kensrue. “We wanted it to sound like the listener is in the room with us, like you're just sitting in a room with a few guys playing music. We used exclusively acoustic instruments like acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo and wind instruments (except for "Come All You Weary") and I think that made a big difference in the vibe of the disc. It's definitely some of my favorite songs we've ever written/recorded says Teranishi. The singer’s sophisticated song craft and soulful, soaring tenor breaks through on the powerful and touching “Broken Lungs.” The haunting choral-esque “Daedalus” and euphoric “Silver Wings” will also be featured on the Air disc. “The Air disc is almost like a conglomeration of all four EP’s. While the rest of the records are pretty intentional and focused as far as their instrumentation and dynamics, the Air disc seems to be a bit more all over the place. There's stuff on there that's super stripped down, just acoustic guitar and singing, there's a song that's fully electronic, there's more traditional rock stuff (guitar, bass, drums), and there's even some more use of horns, says Teranishi. “Finding what made something work for Air was somewhat more elusive, and that ended up being a defining factor in the final choice of songs for that record,” says Kensrue. Kensrue took the elemental theme still further by composing an original sonnet for each EP, set to music, yet organized in the traditional English structure and rhythmic fashion. These passages (“Child of Dust” on Earth; and “Silver Wings” for Air) offer powerful sentiments that serve as thought-provoking closers for each EP’s respective journey. “Each sonnet is written from the point of view of the personified element, speaking to mankind, and lamenting our various failings,” explains Kensrue. Thrice will be headlining their first Canadian tour next month with Say Anything and Attack in Black and are also pleased to announce their U.S. headlining tour starting in mid-April with good friends, Circa Survive and Pelican. Tickets for the Canadian tour are on sale now and tickets for the headlining tour will be available for purchase in February. Stayed tuned for updates and check out for all your Thrice needs.

Jan 24, 2008

Preorder Bring Me Your Love and get a free poster!

Be one of the first 150 US residents to preorder City And Colour's Bring Me Your Love and get a hand numbered screen print poster! Click here to preorder!

Jan 24, 2008

Dashboard Confessional UK Dates

Dashboard Confessional will do a solo UK tour in April. See 'Tours' for details. Tickets are on sales now.

Jan 23, 2008

Thrice Spinner Sessions Posted!

Check out Thrice's performance for AOL Music's here.

Jan 23, 2008

The Night Marchers Post New Songs

Speedo's newest project, The Night Marchers, have posted some new songs on their MySpace page. The Night Marchers' Swami/Vagrant debut is due in stores 4/22.

Jan 23, 2008

Vagrant is looking for street teamers!

Applicants should be responsible and hard working. If you're located in or near one of these markets please download our street team application: here.

Jan 22, 2008

Dashboard Confessional on NME.COM

You can see a video profile on Dashboard Confessional right here.

Jan 17, 2008

A Cursive Memory post Everything on their myspace

Everything, the first single off of A Cursive Memory's debut album Changes is posted on their myspace page. Look for the video for Everything to hit myspace soon!

Jan 16, 2008

Thrice Digital Sea Music Video

Check out Thrice's new music video for "Digital Sea" right here.

Jan 16, 2008

City and Colour announce first 2 shows in US

Tickets for both shows go onsale this Friday, Jan. 18. Both shows are ALL AGES. (opener TBA) here are the details: Weds March 19: Knitting Factory, NYC (doors @ 7pm / tix $12adv) click here for tickets Tues March 25: Knitting Factory, L.A. (doors @ 7pm / tix $12adv) click here for tickets the ticket links are for (you can also text colour2 to 467467 for the LA show and cityc to 467467 for the NY show for tickets)