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By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

"... The Threshold are coming from a different place than Husker Du, The Clash, and REM. This is cowboy punk; country-core, if you will. Sure they rock, but not like your average bear. First and foremost, Kier Byrnes (vocals, banjo, mandolin, harp, guitar), Sam Reid (guitar, mandolin), Johnny Ransom (bass), Jack Morris (drums), and Jason Warne (bodhran) pay homage to American bluegrass, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins; then they rock. ôUndisclosed Location Breakdownö is a traditional fiddle/banjo workout, nicely segueing into a raucous take on ôWhiskey, YouÆre the Devilö, a traditional Irish folk tune. ô20 Flight Rockö could be Bill Haley, while ôRumbalayaö brings to mind Buddy Holly. This is a great pub disc, something to throw on when a lot of beer is flowing and the inevitable start of the workweek is being delayed. ItÆs also a great alternative to the usual Boston fare. Imagine John Voight shit kickinÆ past the Starbucks-soaked Eurotrash elitists on Newbury St., and youÆre in Three Day ThresholdÆs world. Come on in, the waterÆs fine." - Brian Westbye, The Noise, May 2000

By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

"What would happen if Jim Hendrix got together down by the river with Bill Monroe and the banjo player from Deliverance? Season it with couple old Irish guys and it would sound something like HomecookinÆ, the second full length record by Kier ByrnesÆ electric bluegrass creation, Three Day Threshold. With the exception of the rockabilly cover of Eddie CochranÆs ô20 Flight Rockö and the grudge-infested ôThe Pearlö that seem out of character with the albumÆs vibe, HomecookinÆ is chock full of knee slappinÆ tunes with some electric pizzazz. ByrnesÆ banjo and harp playing is superb and Sam ReidÆs Stratocaster skills shine, whether heÆs playing down home country or straight up blues-rock. Highlights are ôWhiskey, YouÆre The Devil,ö where Byrnes declares ôWhiskey, youÆre the Devil, leadingÆ me astray, over hills and mountains, into a bloody grave,ö and ôRumbalaya.ö The strength of the record lies in the bandÆs meshing of two different genreÆs, rock and bluegrass. The boys are at their best when they stick to their HomecookinÆ." - Pete Valle, Northeast Performer, May 2000

By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

"The first time I heard Three Day Threshold was on WBCNÆs local show, Boston Emissions. After the radio finished playing their punked up version of the Irish traditional, ôWhiskey, YouÆre the Devil,ö the DJ announced theyÆd be at Bills Bar. After hearing the foot stompin beat and the twang of the banjo, I knew this would be a fun band to check out. I was glad I did because they didnÆt let me down. The bar was packed and the music was red hot. On the stage were five guys decked out in bolo ties and button down cowboy shirts doing a mean, hard version of C&W. Let me just say that this is not the stuff you hear on TNN. The music was raw and full of energy. True, it wasnÆt well polished like Shania Twain, Garth Brooks or whatever todayÆs country rock has become. It was more like the country of old Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. and Bill Monroe; true, honest and gritty with a stranglehold on all thatÆs good and evil in life. (continued...û Jackie C. Traps, Soundcheck Magazine, May 2000)

By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

"(from the last review).... The frontman of the band picked away at the banjo singing through one of those big, metallic 1950Æs microphones while the reincarnation of Lester Flatt made an appearance, and provided some smoking leads and fancy finger picking which ignited a pit of dancers in front of the stage. The bass player was what I pictured to be Colonel SandersÆ younger evil counterpart as he wailed away, hammering out the 1-2 beat. The blend of truck stop country, backwoods bluegrass and good old-fashioned punk rock made for one of the most dynamic shows I have seen a local band perform. The night closed with a couple of hard edged punk songs followed by a few rockabilly tunes featuring some blistering harmonica solos, worthy of John Popper. I enjoyed the show so much I walked up to buy a CD from the band after their set, but they were sold out! So I left somewhat disappointed, but they know IÆll be back to check æem out again. And fellas bring more CDs!" û Jackie C. Traps, Soundcheck Magazine, May 2000

By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

"Cowbillypunk...in Baaaahston? You betcha. The pervasive grime of the dear-departed Rat in Kenmore Square and the recently-deceased Paradise on Comm Ave have invaded the musical atmosphere of Boston proper, and any hillbilly hoedowns that waft out of the rehearsal spaces in this town have a tint of punk to 'em. Some of best of this ilk is Three Day Threshold, a five-piece combo platter of regular guys who share an affinity for Eddie Cochran. In addition to the staples of any bar band--guitar, drums, bass--these guys toss in some banjo, mandolin, mouth harp, and fiddle, and they're not above pulling out a cowbell or a lyric about a whacked-out truckdriver. Three Day Threshold rocks. Their songs are just a little off-kilter, a bit out of balance, like a boarder trying to outrace an avalanche. Actually, that's part of the intrigue. The whole band might catch an edge and tumble down the steep soundscape of their ripping tunes. Any musical miscalculations could end up in the aural equivalent of a 20-car pileup...and if that happens, the place to be is in front of the stage where it's loudest. You'll know the band when they take the stage; their distinctive look includes matching duds. And the gig might include background tapes of barnyard animals (which can be hard to distinguish from the drunken rumble of clubgoers on any given Friday night in the Hub). Expect an energetic performance along the lines of, say, the Amazing Crowns or Flat Duo Jets, and dress and drink accordingly. Three Day Threshold is one of Boston's funnest bar bands since the glory days of Scruffy The Cat. And friends, that's been awhile." --Lisa Traxler, former Radio DJ on WBCN, WZLX, WXKS (Kiss 108) and current Music Content Producer for www.livedaily.com.

By reviews@***** more than 12 weeks ago

<p>The Marriage of Punk and Bluegrass</P> <p>I caught up with Kier Byrnes of Three Day Threshold at Bill's Bar to figure out what kind of mind would think to put bluegrass and punk-rock in a blender. When I think bluegrass, I picture seven fat farmers in overalls sitting on a porch down south plucking irreparable banjos, pushing old fiddles, and beating washbasins. When I think punk-rock, plucking, pushing, and beating come to mind, but it's what I imagine the audience members are doing to one another. While my limited thinking would never meld the two genres, Byrne's vision allows it, and it works.</P> <p>While Byrnes' husky vocals and nimble fretwork on both the banjo and guitar are what create the band's signature sound, it is greatly enhanced by the musicianship and backing vocals of John Ransom and Sam Reid. Ransom maintains a tight low end on the bass while simultaneously singing the high harmonies over Byrnes. Reid moves around his guitar like a secretary that can type 300 words per minute without any mistakes. Drummer Jack Morris displays great rolling fills and infectious beats that you can't help but move to, and the addition of percussionist Jason Warne accents the accents. Check out the band's version of the traditional song "Whiskey You're The Devil", and their own "Billy" for some toe-tappin', pit moshin' fun.</p> <p>03/09/00 at Bill's Bar by Chris Blackburn </P>

By ifoughtthelaw49@***** more than 12 weeks ago

I love you guys. Three Day Threshold rocks!!!

By donbixtler@***** more than 12 weeks ago

Post your gigs you lazy slobs. How the hell are we supposed to know where to see the drunkeness and the hey hey and the ding dank doodle! oisdhaihusad

By thethreshold@***** more than 12 weeks ago

Hey Don, Listen you sore excuse for a washed up recovering alcoholic, For up to date gig info, best to check our web site directly, www.bostonbands.com/threedaythreshold. Now leave me alone and visit the clinic!

By thatgirlfromjaws2@***** more than 12 weeks ago

So it was a dreary day in north hampton and a band named 3 Day Threshold were playing at the Stinkland Inn. Here's the deal: they were all drunk off of sipin' wiskey yet somehow had the balls to beat the shit out of some locals who were taunting them. Their drummer Jack took a shoe horn and shoved straight up one of the regulars' ass. A guy name Kier then bit the guy's index finger off and used it to play his banjo. Hey, the Threshold can play I tells ya !