I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
Riley Breckenridge plays drums (do you have to say “plays drums” or can you just use “drums” here?) for the band Thrice. I’ve been listening to them since about 2002. When I first starting listening to them, they played really hard music that always seem to have a bit of musicality to it. Some of those real hard metal bands just seem to be making noise and screaming trying to sound cool. One thing that I’ve always like about Thrice is that they sonically seemed to “get it.” Back then, the cool edgy sounding rock music all sounded like Korn or Limp Bizkit, I think they realized that they liked hard, fast music, but they didn’t like… whatever the heck that was.
Thrice has really evolved from a band with big guitars and screaming vocals to something that is… different. Not different in the normal way that you say different (as in, that ugly shirt you’re wearing is… different). Different as in not what the band was before. The band has matured and evolved. They aren’t playing every song at around 160 bpm anymore, but they also haven’t turned into Kenny G. On iTunes, someone described them as “the Radiohead of heavy music” which feels like an appropriate tag. They’ve turned into a band that makes good music that really can’t be bound by a single genre, label, or describing word.
Little tangent here. A fair amount (probably most) of the music in my movie is a little off the commercial radar. I was telling a few of my friends that I was lucky enough to get a song to use a song by the drummer from Thrice. A few of them responded “Thrice. Who’s Thrice?” (I sometimes forget that the bands that are HUGE to me are sometimes completely unknown to the average person). On more than one occassion, I mentioned that they had a song that was in “Madden 2004” and then played “All That’s Left.” Every single time I got a reaction along the lines of “…oh yeah, I remember that song. That’s a good tune!” Anyway, back to my story.
I’m not a big hero worshiper. My wife gets “US Weekly” magazine. I don’t read the magazine every week. I’m not trying to deny I read US Weekly from time to time to get some sort of “ah… I’d never read that crap” credit. From time to time, though, she’ll have an issue sitting on the counter and I’ll page through it. Every week, they’ve got the “they are just like us” column. Every single time I read it, I just about want to puke. They act like we should be surprised that Jessica Alba drinks Starbucks coffee or Drew Berrymore throws on a baseball cap and sweats to walk her poodle. The fact that famous people are also normal people who have normal thoughts, normal emotions, and do normal things shouldn’t really surprise us, should it?
Likewise, when I got an email from Riley Breckenridge, I really shouldn’t have been surprised that he came across as a very real person. I sent him an email telling him that for the past 8-10 years, I had been a fan of the Thrice. He wrote me back one of the nicest emails I’ve ever gotten. I don’t know exactly what the going rate for using a song in a documentary, but it’s definitely not free. He’s letting me use one of his songs for free and he basically thanked me for being a fan for all these years. How nice is that?
Do yourself a favor and throw a little love Riley’s way. If you want to read more about him, you can check out his highly entertaining blog. He also writes for flipcollective.com and OC Weekly. You can download (for free) a handful of really good tracks on his bandcamp page, follow him on Twitter @rileybreck, and also check out Thrice’s Official Webpage.
The video here is “All That’s Left” which I previously mentioned was the song from Madden 2004. It’s an interesting song because a) it doesn’t sound a ton like a lot of their old stuff and b) it doesn’t sound a ton like their new stuff. I don’t get too caught up in who or what a song sounds like. As long as it’s good music, I’m all about it (and this is definitely a great song).