As announced on Tuesday, Thrice has returned with the first single, “Yellow Belly,” from their upcoming album Major/Minor. The song is sure to please fans, as well as sway some new ones, with the aggression from the band’s The Illusion of Safety days mixed with the improved vocals and groove found on Beggars.
The song begins with a driving beat from Riley Breckenridge, who continues to be a mastermind behind the kit, and a dirty baritone guitar riff from lead guitarist Teppei Teranishi. Shortly afterwards, lead singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue takes the spotlight. Kensrue has established himself as one of the best singers and lyricists in the scene and he doesn’t fail to deliver here. “You were built for blessing, but you only make them bleed. You don’t care,” are the lines that start the song off. Kensrue has been known to reference his faith numerous times before, but he never comes off as preachy.
After a few lyrics, Kensrue joins in on guitar along with Eddie Breckenridge’s pulsing bass line. Once everyone is together instrumentally, the chaos of the song truly begins. With everyone strumming and pounding away, and Kensrue howling the lyrics, the song packs just the right amount of punch. It carries the strength of songs like “Stand and Feel Your Worth” off Vheissu and “All the World is Mad” from Beggars.
With vocals from Kensrue coming as powerfully as ever and the instrumentation taking a heavier approach while still maintaining Beggars’ groove-based feel, “Yellow Belly” is a fantastic song and a great choice for the band’s first single. Here’s to hoping the rest of Major/Minor lives up to the first song.