Formed in Irvine, California, by fellow skate kids, Thrice are a post-hardcore emo band interested in pushing the boundaries of the genre; a fact they have made evident through five releases since coming together in 1999. Signed to Island Records in 2003, the band had a strong following in place after a number of tours and indie releases. The records they've put out on Island found them playing with regular emo expectations by adding electronic elements and even more ambitious song structures and subject matter. Their 2005 album, Vheissu, is like a sci-fi record with sensitivity, with a title based on a book by Thomas Pynchon and featuring some pretty fancy cover art. Not your run-of-the-mill emo here.