Thursday, March 6, 2014

They let the drummer have a mic...

Well... its more of a metaphorical mic. 

It's BLOG POST!!! 

Still maybe not the BEST idea. But maybe its THE best idea. 

Anyway, I'll just start of my first blog post with a little about my drums. I'm currently playing a Tama Rockstar 4 piece kit. (I say currently because I will one day have a delicious drum kit of which I cannot yet decide upon). Originally this kit was a greenish silver metallic color, but I have done things to it. You can see the transformation here (, but I will give you a brief description for purposes of blogging... bloggering?... bloogs-town?... there has to be a better word for this than "blogging". ANYWAY! First Pif and I removed all of the hardware from the shells. This allowed us to violently rip of the low-quality factory drum wraps that has ornamented them thus far. A little sanding and a heavy application of Walnut colored (coloured? anyone out there from England?) stain was all it took to give it a deep dark wood finish. The hardware from all of the drums (including all of the cymbal stands) was treated with a lovely Hammered style Copper colored (does it appeal to both U.S. AND Europe if I spell it "colouored"?) spray paint, followed by spray clear coat to seal it on. After that all I had to do was bust out the old acrylics paint set, mix up some black red together to get a dirty black color going, and apply to every last nook and cranny that the abundant hardware had. ... that took forever. I might actually still be doing that, I'm not sure. Time just kind of stopped, THAT'S how long it took. Anyway, it looks great! (this is probably where I should have put that link to the photo gallery of the process, huh?)

My snare drum is a Pearl Joey Jordison signature snare. It is a powerful and deep 13" steal snare drum that I accent by using Evans Hydraulic tom heads on it instead of snare batter heads. This odd practice came to be on a day long ago when I was getting ready to go play a show for a band I was in at the time. I realized that my snare head was broken and I did not have the time or money to fix it. What I DID have was an extra 13" tom head lying on a shelf un-used, so naturally I did what I had to do and put it on the snare drum. The result was a wonderful and full sound that managed to both bite at the deepest parts of your brain while at the same time chest-punching you in your body-face. I fell in love with that sound and haven't gone back since. 

My cymbals are gradually moving toward being all Zildjian. I have a strong affinity toward the A-Custom crashes. I briefly owned an A-Custom 18" China, and that was amazing and powerful and made of the aural sex. (I said "AURAL", not... don't make this weird). Anyway, cymbals are way too expensive, so my collection is slow growing. 

and we cannot forget....


One of the most important part of any metal drummers set-up is the choice of kick pedals. The metal under your feet can have a remarkable impact on the metal you are able to produce. I'm not saying that all there is to playing metal kicks is the right pedal. I'm also not saying that having the wrong pedal will ultimately prevent you from doing wonderful things with your feet. I'm just saying I love my pedals and they love me and we are getting married next week in a little gondola in the canals of Venice, Italy... Seriously though, they are good stuffs. They are the Pearl Demon Drive Eliminator double kick pedals. The most noticeable advantage they have over the Tama Iron Cobras that I used to use is that they are direct driven, which means instead of a chain that pulls the beater down with your foot, there is a solid chunk of metal. There's plenty of other reasons as well (that I may blog about again in the future), but for now I will just say that if you have not experienced these pedals then you probably should go find some and try them. 

Oh, and if you like things that you can see, then you should check out the official Thira instagram! @thiraoffical

I'll see a lot of you this Sunday (3-9) at the Skyway Theater for our show with Animals as Leaders, After the Burial, Veil of Maya, Reflections, and a whole bunch of other pants-dropping awesomeness!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting Started Back Up

Hey guys! It's been a little while. This is Kayden. We're going to try some new stuff around the blog.  We're getting everybody set up here as authors on the blog and we're going to try a sort of rotation of contributors and set up a more regular posting schedule.

While I have you guys here, we now have an official Thira instagram! @thiraoffical

Also, something very fun coming in the next number of days... here is a sneak peak:


Hope to see you 3-9 at the Skyway Theater for our show with Animals as Leaders, After the Burial, Veil of Maya, Reflections and more!

Welcome to Thira.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Touring Vegan To Tour Cheap And What It Means To You

Yes. It's been a while. Things were thinging. You know how it is.

This post was spurred by a Facebook post by Laura Wilson. She asked our resident vegan human guy dude about stuff.


Hall I have a serious question for you as a musician and a fellow non meat eater. What was your tour diet like and how easy was it to find a way to keep vegan. I have a friend on tour right now complaining of not eating right and not being able to exercise, but I know as a vegan, you probably had a harder time. I'm putting this question on the Thira page so other vege/vegan musicians can see too 

And typity type tip tappity typing away Kayden (that's me!!!) started shouting with his letter fingers and word arms on his fancy, clicky computer bumper letter thing attached to his internet connected video box and mashed this for your faces. Well, mostly your seeing eye orb balls. SCIENCE!!!!

Preface: it's remarkably easy to let yourself eat like a deranged person on tour. No and/or poor planning will immediately handicap you. I am guilty. All of us in Thira are guilty. We have also done it as correctly as we have found how. With that in mind, here is my response:

Kayden here. I could write a book on this. No... several paragraphs... So, I'll do that. Philosophy aside, touring with vegan foodstuffs is advantageous for financial reasons. Also, conveniently tasty.

I don't think that was the spirit of your question, and for that Hall Palkovich will be able to talk to you about turning your rider provisions into vegan fair, but for the impatient I've learned some things through observation during our tour together:

Be humble. Be nice. Talk to the kitchen directly without pretense. You will inevitably play markets where even vegetarian dishes are rare. Don't trouble the server. Instead, talk to the kitchen. Check the menu for potential ingredients. Use common sense. Don't ask for tempeh at the BBQ joint. Don't try to convert anyone while you're there. But, if you read the menu and figure out what they're working with you could talk with the cooks and have yourself a wonderful and tasty dish instead of ordering fries, limp green beans, etc. etc. from the sides menu. Again.  Who knows, the cooks could be looking for an excuse to get creative. Chances are you're in the venue when it's slow.

Here is the vegan for everybody stuff:

There is a simple, tasty and - in the long run - inexpensive DIY vegan option. 

Get 2 decent rice cookers. Seriously, spend good money on these. Carry dried beans, dry rice, rotel(or other canned tasty, seasoned vegetable medley), tortillas and your favorite flavor sauce. We recommend Siracha (make sure it's the rooster stuff. Some of them contain anchovies.)

Rice cookers are amazing for cooking dried beans. If you can pre-soak them it's wonderful. It only takes a couple of hours. If you can't, they're still dabombshit. Plenty of recipes/instructions online. Also, they're just tasty-murdersex on lentils.

Get the beans started anytime you have electrical access and start the rice at an appropriate interval after or at the same time. When they're both cooked mix them with the rotel and sirracha to taste (both of these should have enough salt in them so hopefully no need for further seasoning). Roll up in the tortilla and consume. Add hemp seed or chia seed to the rice when it's almost done for bonus points. Also, buy oranges. Oranges are foreveralmost. Throw in a bag of almonds in the van pantry and it's a goddamned party.

The advantages you ask?

Dry goods.

Dry = lighter. Water is heavy. Pint's a pound the world 'round.
Dry = does not rot (during the relevant time frame).
Dry = no fridge.
Dry is cheaper than canned.
Meat and fresh consumables will not keep in a hot van - oranges notwithstanding. Pears will straight up murder your family.

The cooked business will keep overnight + the next day depending on how hot it is in the vehicle.

Trust me. I was the "cook" for our last tour and have been nominated to do it again.

In reference to Laura's post above: Hall did not have a difficult time keeping vegan (or whatever the appropriate verb might be).  See above for why not.


P.S. perhaps we'll address the "not being able to exercise" issue in another post. I'll consult Coz on this one, but I would guess the person in question has never done push-ups in a gas station parking lot during a fuel stop. Yeah, fuck perhaps. We're doing this post.  Coming soon: Working Out On Tour and What It Means To You.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Road Blog Blog Road Day 1

First day on the road. I'm typing part of this on 35W heading south to Des Moines. After forgetting the requisite seven really important things (including picking up our Eps from Noiseland) we got underway.

Coz is driving right now and we just passed a furniture valley. Just though you'd like to know. Hopefully we get some good video and can keep the youtube channel flowing. Editing in the van makes me a little queasy, but we'll see what happens. Fortunately I can touch type fairly well, so Ill be able to keep my eyes out the-- oh hey look a Wendy's!!!!!

Food. We've got pictures up on our facebook, but beans and rice are key. Beans, rice, hemp seed, rotel and sirracha is a key combination for this trip.

And we're back, gassed up and on I-80 heading to Sioux Falls. We were able to crash at Hall's friend Jessica's place. Showers and floors to crash on are amazing while you're on the road.

Had a good show in Des Moines last night. Tight quarters, small but intimate crowd. We had a good response – sold a bunch of EPs and made a bunch of new fans. Plus, one of the bands will be at our MO show this Saturday.

But for now – onward to our SD peeps! See you soon ya bastards!!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Thira goes on Tour!!!!!

Here are the dates as they stand today:

Jan  12           Triple Rock   Minneapolis

Jan 17 Underground Rock Shop Des Moines, IA
Jan 18 Boonies
Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 19 Longshot's
Grain Valley, MO
Jan 20 Juanita's
Little Rock, AR
Jan 22
Squeaky Lizard

Ocean Springs, MS
Jan 23
The Party Yard
Long Beach, MS
Jan 25 Clicks
Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 26
BFE Rock Club
Houston, TX
Jan 31 Cafe Fireze
Birmingham, AL
Feb 01 The Rutledge
Nashville, TN
Feb 02
Rock House Cafe

Indianapolis, IN
Feb 04
Rock City Tap House
Parma, OH
Feb 05 Penny Road Pub
South Barrington, IL
Feb 06 Bada Brews Crest Hill, IL
Feb 07
Bobby McGhee's

Chicago Ridge, IL

Let us know if you're in any of these towns and down for a good time. We do have some dates we are available, and if you have a PA we will play. See you guys out there!

And now, here is a video!!

-Welcome to Thira

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thira loves memes too!

Hey you guys. Holy crapcowbejeebus.

Things and stuff. Stuff and things.


Oct 12     The Buck             Menomonie, WI
Oct 13     Stoney's Bar         St Cloud, MN
Oct 27     House of Rock     Eau Claire, WI
Nov 17    Boonie's               Sioux Falls, SD
Nov 30    Ground Zero        Minneapolis, MN

New Shirts!!!!


Get the men's here: or at any of the shows and the Girl's V-necks should be ready in a few weeks.

Photo Shoot!!!

Yes, we will have a new photo set to smash into your eyebrainballs around Sept 30th.

**deep breath**


Erma Gerhd!!! Gerh erhn Terh!! (I hope this meme never dies.)

We are booking our 2013 Ascension Construct Tour.  Constructour.... constructor.... constructing the constructor.  Yes. We are constructring the 2013 Ascension Constructour. Construct the Constructor.

Erhshernsern Cerhnshtrertehr. 

Ok. That's enough of that for now.

So for those curious, the current plan is: SD, NE, MO, OK, TX, LA, AR, TN, MO, IL, WI, MN in roughly this order in Jan/Feb.  So if you live in any of these places or know people who do... Were Coming for YOU!!!! So.. you know... if you wanted to let us stay at your place or help promote shows that would be cool. Super cool. To the max.

More stuff coming, even more shows, new music and as always STUFF!!!

Welcome to Thira. 

P.S.  realquickjustwantedtoletpeopleknowthatCyisn'tinthebandanymoreandwe'relookingforaguitarist.nohardfeelingswithCy,butthoughtyoushouldknowwhat'sgoingon.kthanxbye

Saturday, September 1, 2012

So this is mobile posting

I don't really understand. I mean, it's fun, and the fact that the technology is here is amazing.  But my computer is like 50 feet away, and I'm typing this with my thumbs on the couch. I usually use my thumbs for the space bar and now I'm asking them to step up to the whole alphabet, punctuation, editing and formatting. Don't get me wrong. I have faith in my thumbs. But, that's roughly - and these are rough calculations... Thumbs ya know. Like we talked about -only 20% of my fingers. On a good day. Depending on how good your auto correct is. And paragraphs... Notice how there aren't any?

Phew. I like paragraphs. Now I feel better. But seriously though. It's a Thira blog post. How 'bout that.

More to come. Because, ya know... Keyboards :-)

/contrived rant.   ;-)