Following a string of successful shows in December and preparing to celebrate 25 years of being a band, Thrice have just unveiled some massive news. First, Thrice shared a brand new, re-recorded version of their seminal 2003 album, The Artist in the Ambulance. The re-recording finds the band revisiting all 12 original tracks, featuring guest vocals from Ryan Osterman (Holy Fawn), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Sam Carter (Architects), Mike Minnick (Curl Up And Die), Brian McTernan (Be Well), and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra).
Fans can stream The Artist in the Ambulance – Revisited now, and pre-order limited edition vinyl now here.
“The question has to be asked: Why would we re-record a 20 year old album, let alone one that is widely beloved and arguably our most well-known. I think the core of the answer is that it simply sounded fun and we were curious,” shares Thrice’s vocalist Dustin Kensrue. “We know that playing the revisionist is a dangerous game, so we were always a little uneasy about trying to go back and mess with something that people loved, people who had none of the hangups about the record that we did. But, since we decided to do this anyway, we tried to let that wariness guide us in how we approached the record, and in the end we decided to make very minimal structural changes.”
Released in 2003, The Artist In The Ambulance remains one of the most influential albums in the genre. Featuring tracks like “The Artist In The Ambulance,” “All That’s Left,” “Stare At The Sun” and more, the album peaked at number 1 and number 16 on the Billboard US Top Internet Albums and Billboard 200 chart respectively. “All That’s Left” peaked at number 24 on Alternative Airplay, number 36 on Mainstream Rock Airplay and number 37 on Active Rock, and “Stare at the Sun” peaked at number 39 on Alternative Airplay.
“At the end of the day, what we wanted the record to sound like for fans is that somehow one of their old favorite records got a new lease on life, but that it hadn’t lost its soul or turned into something else. We hope you enjoy revisiting ‘The Artist In the Ambulance.’”
The second bit of huge news Thrice revealed today is their plans for a tour in celebration of the 20h anniversary of The Artist in the Ambulance. The tour kicks off on May 18th in San Diego, CA, and will be visiting cities throughout the United States, playing The Artist In The Ambulance in its entirety, with special guest Holy Fawn.
On the upcoming tour, Kensrue shares, “‘The Artist in the Ambulance’ has played such a huge part in the history of the band. These songs have stood the test of time better than we could have known when we wrote them. But they’ve also subtly shifted and grown with us as we’ve played them at shows over the last 20 years, which is why it was so much fun to revisit them in the studio, and also why we are so excited to play the whole record live, especially for the first time in its entirety.”
- Cold Cash And Cold Hearts
- Under A Killing Moon (feat. Sam Carter)
- All That’s Left
- Stare At The Sun (feat. Andy Hull)
- Paper Tigers (feat. Ryan Osterman)
- Hoods On Peregrine (feat. Brian McTernan)
- The Melting Point Of Wax
- Blood Clots And Black Holes (feat. Chuck Ragan)
- The Artist In The Ambulance
- The Abolition Of Man (feat. Mike Minnick)
- Don’t Tell And We Won’t Ask