My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented on this blog are mine and mine only, and do not reflect the position or views of Thrice as a whole.

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Arguably the most important drum instruction video you will ever watch.

An awesome throwback pic (circa 2001 … I think) of Ed and Dustin getting creative (and totally unsafe) with Brian McTernan’s old backyard swing.

Random Start: The Mercury Program, “Sultans of El Sur”

A mellow jam filled with dreamy Rhodes, hypnotic guitar loops and the phenomenal drumming of Mr. Dave LeBleu. These guys were a huge influence on some of mellower Thrice stuff from Vheissu on. Highly recommended listening.

Buy A Data Learn the Language

Felled Trees Cover Dinosaur Jr.

My brother played bass on this project and I’m very proud of him (and it). Please check it out, whether you’re a fan of Dinosaur Jr. or not. It’s a great collaboration of artists paying tribute to a very important record.

You can pre-order it here.


Like many of you, Jason and I are pretty huge fans of Thrice and we celebrate every release in its discography. So it was quite the honor to speak Riley Breckenridge on the latest AbsolutePunk.net Podcast episode. In this episode, we break down the entire Thrice discography (with Riley sharing a lot of cool stories and inside information), talk about the band’s current status, and we even fit in a little baseball talk.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.

I had a blast chatting with Jason and Drew and really appreciated being asked to be a part of the AbsolutePunk.net podcast. It’s well worth listening to if you’re a Thrice fan, and I think we touched on a broad enough range of topics to make it a worthwhile listen for music fans in general. Also: SPORTS!

2001: A Cave In Odyssey

This put a huge smile on my face. I can honestly say that Thrice never would have been what we were without the influence of CAVE IN. We were so lucky to tour with them when we were a young and impressionable band. The impact they made on us sonically and as people/musicians was invaluable.

Thrice - “Burn The Fleet (Live at the Anaheim HOB)”

I just got a tweet about this song and it reminded me of how proud I am of it. It’s one of my favorite songs that we ever wrote, as it always felt like a cool/thoughtful blend of Elliott Smith and Cave In (two of my favorites). Always an absolute pleasure to play.

The most revolutionary Instructional Drum DVD of all time will be available to you.

Coming soon.


Happy 10th birthday to The Artist In The Ambulance. Writing and recording this record was a crazy, stressful and overwhelming experience, but a time in my life that I’ll always remember fondly. TAITA afforded us so many incredible opportunities (recording at Bearsville Studios, hearing a song of ours on the radio for the first time, shooting big budget videos, playing venues we never thought we’d play, playing big festivals, touring the world, getting our music into the hands and ears of more people than we ever thought possible, etc.)

We were so busy in that era that it was next to impossible to have any perspective on what was happening to us as people, as musicians and as a band. But ten years later, and with a year’s worth of hiatus under our belt, I finally feel like I’ve gained a bit of perspective on what was happening back then, and the thing that keeps popping back into my head is just a massive sense of gratitude. You could chalk it up to hard work, and luck and good timing, but the most important thing was having some of the most passionate fans around … people who stuck with us through thick and thin, major label and indie, genre change after genre change, and more.

Huge thanks to all of you who were there from day one, or day one hundred, or day one thousand. That you were there at all is what really mattered.

(Also: Still kinda disappointed that this song wasn’t the second single from TAITA.)

I’m very happy to announce that the Puig Destroyer EP is now available for download on Bandcamp in a “free or more” format. 

If you’re more into having your music in a physical format, there’s a pre-order for a 7” version of the EP available (in Dodgers-colored vinyl) over at The Ghost Is Clear Records

And a limited number of tees with EP cover artwork are still available here

HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported us in this crazy project. It’s been an absolute blast to be a part of.

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