The amount of Thrice related records being pressed right now is out of control. In the last two months Hot Topic has re-issued The Artist In The Ambulance and now Vheissu. While Enjoy The Ride Records pressed singer Dustin Kensrue’s solo album, Please Come Home, on vinyl for the very first time. A Vheissu re-issue is definitely needed – the original pressing was selling for $150+ on eBay. It’s nice to be able to finally own this record without shelling out my monthly grocery budget.
Demand for Vheissu is high and there’s only 1000 copies available. My store had a list of at least 10-15 names waiting for a copy. They only received three. More copies will be available via Hot Topic’s website sometime late Monday night/Tuesday morning (April 9-10). If you don’t manage to snag one from your store or online, Hot Topic’s music buyer, Travis, has told fans on the Vinyl Collective message board that another re-pressing will be available shortly – possibly in late May or early June.
This re-issue features 2 LPs pressed on brown marbled 180 gram vinyl, housed inside of a double gatefold jacket, with an insert containing the album’s song lyrics. The original pressing was condensed onto a single disc with a gold foil embossed jacket. I don’t have a copy of the original pressing the compare, but the 2LP format suits the album’s 49 minute length beautifully. The sound quality is wonderful even during dense songs like “Image Of The Invisible” or “The Earth Will Shake”. “Atlantic” is gorgeous and ethereal – a precursor to Thrice’s Water EP from their impressive The Alchemy Index EP collection. I think the only complaint I could make about the re-issue is that it lacks the incredible Vheissu B-side “The Flags Of Dawn”. Can’t win em all.
Fun fact: Dustin is responsible for the morse code heard during the intro to “Image Of The Invisible”.
For whatever reason, Thrice hasn’t made any tracks from Vheissu available for streaming online. So listen to this crappy lyrics video of my favorite song from the album, “The Earth Will Shake”: