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Hopeless Records founder Louis Posen released Thrice's first two albums, Identity Crisis and Illusion of Safety, under the Sub City imprint. Part of what attracted Thrice to the label was the Sub City concept; the Van Nuys-based company donates proceeds of the album sales released on that imprint to a charity chosen by artists. "Thrice was an early supporter of the Sub City concept, and their two releases raised more than $180,000 for Orange County's Crittenton Services and South Central Los Angeles drop-in center A Place Called Home," Posen explains. "Even then, they wanted to make a difference with their music."
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Lately, we've been hearing possible breakup/hiatus rumors from people close to the band. That's understandable, given all of the recent life changes and family commitments—and considering the length of time Thrice have been around. Bands who've been together for less time have been hounded by more than just rumors.
If Thrice took a break, says Tate of AbsolutePunk, fans would be devastated. "It would arguably be the biggest news since Blink-182 went on hiatus, and it would be such a big blow to the [punk] community."
So, do these rumors have any merit? For most of the band, the answer is some form of cryptic no-but-you-never-know-let's-wait-and-see.
"I think we'll continue making music as long as we can. I don't know," Eddie says. "I'm so lucky to do this; it's such a gift to me that I'll do anything I can to keep it going."
"I hope they don't break up—I love that band," Heisel of Alternative Press says. "They are aging as gracefully as anyone can hope to in the contemporary rock scene."
This article appeared in print as "Family Guys: After nearly two years of tragedy and triumph on the home front, Irvine's Thrice work it all out with their new album, Major/Minor."