Straight out of Irvine, CA Thrice has been a band for 15 years. In 2012 they went on a three year hiatus. They returned in 2015, released their latest album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere in May, and have been touring the album since. Thursday night the band played to a sold out crowd in the first of two hometown shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Nothing, Nowhere and La Dispute served as support.
Thrice opened with “Hurricane”, the first song off their new album. From there on they played through a mix of old and new songs. Every album was touched except for Identity Crisis. The classic songs like “Yellow Belly”, “Of Dust and Nations” and “The Weight” were met with lot of cheers and some really amazing singing by the crowd.
Songs from the new album were played and met with a lot of enthusiasm. “The Long Defeat” has a part at the end where the song slowly fades out and everyone in the crowd sang that last verse, making it one of the more memorable parts of the show. Lead singer Dustin Kensrue really enjoyed playing his guitar near his head, almost like he was playing it with his teeth.
The whole band was in top form during this show. Kensrue played his guitar up on the riser right in front of the crowd. Bassist Eddie Breckenridge’s screaming was on point during the show and mixed really well with Kensrue’s vocals. The piano intro played in “For Miles” was eerie sounding but really worked with the lights and fog at the show. The band exited the stage following this song.
They returned to the cheering of the crowd and went straight into “The Artist in the Ambulance”. The volume of the crowd singing during the song almost matched the volume that the band was playing at. “Deadbolt” followed and the show concluded with “The Earth will Shake”. Let me tell you that the pit was absolutely wild while it was played. The band said goodnight and that was it. Thrice did a great job playing. It’s good to have them back from hiatus and let’s hope they’ll be around for a lot longer.
3.Of Dust and Nations
4.All the World is Mad
8.The Long Defeat
10.Wood and Wire
12.Hold Fast Hope
13.Hoods on Peregrine
14.Blood on the Sand
15.Death From Above
18.The Artist in the Ambulance
20.The Earth will Shake
Post and photos by Madeline Cronin
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