California rock band Thrice have shared their newest single “Summer Set Fire To The Rain” from their upcoming album, Horizons/East. The song delves into the all too familiar sensation of searching for something while ignoring the broader picture – the world and all of its beauty — right in front of you. In vocalist Dustin Kensrue’s words, “How often is life spilling over with beauty and novelty and possibility and all we can do is complain, in this case about getting wet, and to miss the moment completely? So much depends on how we attend to each moment.”
“Much of this song is really close to Ed’s original demo,” Kensrue explains. “As we got together and were jamming on the parts, I ended up singing the words ‘Summer set fire to the rain.’ While most of the things I end up singing during the writing process are nonsense, sometimes there are little gems that emerge, and I’ve been trying to pay more attention to them and pull them in to songs when it feels right. In this case, my accidental but poetic framing of being caught in the rain while the sun shines became a central metaphor for the song.”
Horizons/East is available for pre-order now and will be released September 17 digitally and October 8 physically via Epitaph Records. The album exemplifies art as a work of recognition — the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others. In this, Horizons/East is the rare rock album on which interrelatedness is a theme, painting an adventurous and lush landscape mixed by Scott Evans that the band self-produced and recorded at their own New Grass Studio.
Previous singles “Scavengers” and “Robot Soft Exorcism” are available for fans to listen to now. The robotic, living cadence of “Robot Soft Exorcism” and the dark, braided soundscapes present in “Scavengers” offer just a small taste of the ingenuity that Thrice display in Horizons/East.
With the new album, the band addresses, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work, which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness.
Horizons/East conveys a palpable sense of danger, determination, and possibility.