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Thrice channel Radiohead with expansive new single Robot Soft Exorcism

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice performs at Concord Pavilion on July 6, 2017 in Concord, California.
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Thrice have unveiled Robot Soft Exorcism, the second track to be taken from forthcoming 11th album, Horizons/East.

Opening with a bit-crushed electronic intro, RSE builds into a 7/8 arpeggiated guitar line that wouldn’t sound out of place on Radiohead’s latter-day work, while a stomping chorus, filled with chunky single-coil lines and smart riff variations, nods towards the band’s post-hardcore roots.

The track marks the second release from the California outfit’s upcoming full-length, following last month’s time signature-shifting effort, Scavengers.

As Thrice continue to push their unique brand of alt-rock ever further, the release is set to feature jazz-inspired quartal chords and the transformation of the Fibonacci sequence into a guitar riff. Rad.

Horizons/East is out on September 17 and available to preorder now.


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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.