Thrice's ninth studio album To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere makes an impressive debut at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts (dated June 18). The set sold 21,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. On the Billboard 200, the new LP starts at No. 15, equaling the band's best rank, first achieved with Vheissu (which sold 46,000 copies in its first week) in 2005.
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere is Thrice's first release after coming out of four-year hiatus-from mid-2012 to mid-2015-and first album of original material in five years since 2011's Major/Minor. Most of the band members continued performing music and pursuing other interests during the hiatus, which included moving to new cities or states with their new families. After reuniting and performing sporadic festival dates in 2015, Thrice announced their intention to release a new album the following year.
Thrice scores its best sales week since 2008, when The Alchemy Index, Vol. 3 & 4: Air & Earth also moved 21,000 (although slightly more than that of Everywhere, before rounding off totals). That album also yielded the band's previous best peak on Top Rock Albums (No. 4).
As the new record finds its way onto multiple charts, lead single "Black Honey" debuts at No. 45 on Hot Rock Songs, becoming Thrice's first entry on the ranking, which began in 2009. The track rises 39-35 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, where it's the group's first song to chart in a decade.
The members of Thrice have stated that while elements or parts of To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere might recall other albums in their discography, the new album has a unique sound of its own. Riley Breckenridge said, "I think there is a different sound but I also think that there is a healthy nod to some of our back catalog in a lot of the music. There's stuff on this record that wouldn't necessarily feel out of place on The Artist in the Ambulance, or Vheissu or wouldn't have felt out of place if it was part of The Alchemy Index or Beggars, or Major/Minor. But at the same time it's also pushing that kind of stuff forward."
Similarly, Kensrue said, "I don't know that this new record sounds like a huge jump. It's very different from Major/Minor or Beggars, but I feel like it's not this giant move."
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere was noted for sounding heavier than Thrice's previous few albums. Riley Breckenridge said he appreciated when more aggressive sounds were incorporated in an emotionally impactful and dynamic way, drawing inspiration from bands who he felt like achieved this, including: Cave In, Torche, Cult of Luna and O'Brother.
Thrice also made an effort in the studio to make a "seamless record from track to track," which they achieved by having "an outro will bleed into an intro for another song or there's a segue."