Friday, March 8, 2013

Threshold on the brink

You’d think Kier Byrnes would be pretty psyched that the rest of the world is catching on to the sound he’s been chasing for years with his band Three Day Threshold.

“In popular culture right now there are a lot of folk-rock acts like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. The music style we’ve been doing seems to be peaking,” Byrnes says. “But I’ve never been one to sit there. I want to push forward and stay ahead of the curve while staying true to our sound.”
Three Day Threshold

To that end, the forthcoming Three Day Threshold record is going to have some traditional Gypsy rhythms sitting alongside the Celtic, bluegrass and country influences already in the band’s rollicking rock-meets-tradition sound. Byrnes, who plays guitar, banjo and mandolin,  also suspects the new songs will reflect some of what the band heard musically while on a U.S.O. tour of Qatar and Kuwait about a year-and-a-half ago.

And the experimenting doesn’t end there. When Three Day Threshold plays Saturday night in the Coppertop, it’ll be the first time that bassist John Stump wields an acoustic upright for a show. Byrnes says the performance will also be heavy on Irish tunes, something the band likes to do around St. Paddy’s Day. The Coppertop show starts at 8 p.m.

Besides the Irish fare, count on Three Day Threshold to bang out its energetic brand of songs about big hearts and bad behavior (you don’t get a personal invite to play the Jim Beam distillery like these guys did by being choir boys).

Another highlight for the band is coming up this summer when it performs with the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show in New Hampshire during Bike Week, a massive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Three Day Threshold has shared the stage with big names before_ Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, and Quiet Riot among them_ but Byrnes says he’s especially psyched for this upcoming event.

“We’ve played with members of Old Crow before and we’ve covered some of their songs,” Byrnes says. “It’s great when you get to play with people you admire.”

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