Thrice returned from hiatus in 2015 and proved that their live shows are still super powerful and then released a new album, 2016's To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere. Now they've signed to Epitaph Records, who have been killing it for the last few years and have signed a bunch of great newer bands that are probably influenced by Thrice (like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth). Classic Epitaph bands were also always an influence on Thrice, making the new pairing even more apt. Thrice said in a statement: "We grew up listening to and being inspired by Epitaph bands, and have always admired and respected the label’s independent spirit and ethics. To finally be a part of the family there is an absolute honor, and we couldn’t be more excited about our future with them."

Along with the signing, Thrice released a new song, "The Grey," and I'm not sure if I'm seeing this through rose-colored glasses a bit just because Epitaph's current-day style and Thrice's classic style have so much in common, but "The Grey" sounds a lot more like classic Thrice to me than To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere did. It's a sludgy yet melodic crusher that sounds somewhere between The Artist in the Ambulance and the Fire EP. They mentioned earlier this year that they've been working on a new album, so if the rest of it is anything like "The Grey," this album is looking pretty promising. Listen below.

Thrice also announced a fall tour with The Bronx and Teenage Wrist that hits Austin, Philly, Boston, Chicago, LA and more. They'll be in the NYC-area sooner for day one (July 12) of Long Island's Great South Bay Music Fest, which is with folky pop punks The Front Bottoms, emo vets The Get Up Kids, and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Thrice -- 2018 Tour Dates
JUN 09 ELECTRIC BALLROOM LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
JUN 10 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL UK DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM
JUN 12 LIVE MUSIC HALL COLOGNE, GERMANY
JUN 13 KIFF AARAU, SWITZERLAND
JUN 14 NOVAROCK FESTIVAL NICKELSDORF, AUSTRIA
JUN 16 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL FRANCE (15-18 JUNE) PARIS, FRANCE
JUN 17 MELKWEG AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
JUN 19 ANCIENNE BELGIQUE BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
JUN 20 SCHLACHTHOF WIESBADEN, GERMANY
JUN 21 HUXLEYS BERLIN, GERMANY
JUN 22 HURRICANE FESTIVAL (22-24 JUNE) SCHEESSEL, GERMANY
JUN 24 SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL NEUHAUSEN OB ECK, GERMANY
JUN 26 BACKSTAGE WERK MUNICH, GERMANY
JUN 27 ZONA ROVERI BOLOGNA, ITALY
JUN 29 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL SPAIN MADRID, SPAIN
JUL 12 GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL PATCHOGUE, NY
AUG 24 TEATRO ODISSEIA RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
AUG 25 FABRIQUE SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
AUG 26 HERMES BAR CURITIBA, BRAZIL
AUG 28 UNICLUB ABASTO, ARGENTINA
AUG 29 ESPACIO SAN DIEGO SANTIAGO, CHILE
SEP 21 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO, CA
SEP 24 EMO'S AUSTIN, TX
SEP 25 HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSTON, TX
SEP 27 REVOLUTION LIVE FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
SEP 28 HOUSE OF BLUES LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL
SEP 29 THE BUCKHEAD THEATRE ATLANTA, GA
SEP 30 THE MUSIC FARM CHARLESTON, SC
OCT 02 THE RITZ RALEIGH, NC
OCT 03 THE NATIONAL RICHMOND, VA
OCT 04 THE FILLMORE SILVER SPRING, MD
OCT 06 ELECTRIC FACTORY PHILADELPHIA, PA
OCT 07 HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON, MA
OCT 09 ST. ANDREW'S HALL DETROIT, MI
OCT 10 HOUSE OF BLUES CLEVELAND, OH
OCT 12 HOUSE OF BLUES CHICAGO, IL
OCT 13 THE PAGEANT ST. LOUIS, MO
OCT 14 MARATHON MUSIC WORKS NASHVILLE, TN
NOV 02 THE REGENCY BALLROOM SAN FRANCISCO, CA
NOV 03 ROSELAND THEATER PORTLAND, OR
NOV 04 SHOWBOX SODO SEATTLE, WA
NOV 06 THE COMPLEX SALT LAKE CITY, UT
NOV 10 BOGART'S CINCINNATI, OH
NOV 11 THE GRANADA LAWRENCE, KS
NOV 13 HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS, TX
NOV 14 EL REY THEATER ALBUQUERQUE, NM
NOV 16 HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS, NV
NOV 17 HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM, CA
NOV 18 THE WILTERN LOS ANGELES, CA