Thrice's early 2000s post-hardcore classic The Artist in the Ambulance turns 20 this year, and the band are celebrating with an extensive 20th anniversary tour that will find them playing the album in full. Post-metal rising stars Holy Fawn will open.
Thrice have also just released a guest-filled re-recording of the album, featuring vocal appearances by Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), Ryan Osterman (Holy Fawn), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Sam Carter (Architects), Mike Minnick (Curl Up And Die) and Brian McTernan (Be Well), who produced the original 2003 record. You can stream the reworked album here, and order it on vinyl at Revolver's shop.
"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," Thrice's Dustin Kensrue commented. "I think the core of the answer is that it simply sounded fun and we were curious.
"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."
He added of the tour: "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."
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance 20th anniversary tour dates:
05/18 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
05/20 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/22 Dallas, TX – The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
05/23 Austin, TX – Emo's Austin
05/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
05/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
05/27 Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
05/28 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
05/30 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts
06/01 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
06/02 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
06/03 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
06/04 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/05 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
06/07 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
06/08 Detroit, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
06/09 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
06/10 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
06/12 Denver, CO – Summit
06/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
06/15 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
06/17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
06/19 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
06/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
06/23 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues