The night started off with local act Cellophane who were very Thrice-like and well suited for the bill. They reminded me of the band 'Lo-Tel' if you remember that blast from the past! Great opener and props to them for lubing us all up for the injection that is Thrice. They seemed to get a pretty decent reception from the Thrice fans in attendance.
These Tuesday night gigs are an odd one. It just feels so strange having a headliner hitting the stage by 9pm! Not that I'm complaining. Some of us have work in the morning.
I must say Thrice have an incredibly loyal fan base because the venue was packed to the rafters. The amount of love an appreciation being shown by this audience is something they should behold. There's always a pretty clear sign of appreciation for many bands that come down under but it was even more obvious than usual that these people adored this band.
I interviewed their Drummer Riley Breckenridge recently and he told me if you want to see a real rock n roll show then this is the place to be. And he wasn't wrong.
Thrice are powerful when subdued as well as when they crank it to 11. From the outset their passion on stage matched the passion that the audience has for them. Its not somethong to be taken lightly, the love between the band and the audience goes back and forth. You can see it through the body lagnuage of the patron. Their eyes closed, rocking back and forth in sheer euphoria. Its really something else. To have that kind of connection to your audience is a gift. They can do no wrong on this evening.
Dustin Kensrue's vocals are full of power and beauty at the same time. They capture you and your spirit and who you are as a person. Again - you can see it in their die hard audience. They command that from them with each note and sound.
Riley Breckenridge is on point. The precision in every beat, every moment is ever so evident. He is truly a master of his craft. The glue of the band like every drummer should be.
I have to say I've been so spoiled. To witness so many fantastic performances in the space of 2 weeks has been out of this world. I don't want to seem like I'm easy to please. In this case its yet again a testament to the talent that is out there in the world. Thrice take you on a journey from start to finish that you won't forget anytime soon. Its been ten years since they were last here and boy they made up for it tonight.
Image of the Invisible
The Artist in the Ambulance
Of Dust and Nations
Stare At The Sun
Under a Killing Moon
The Earth Will Shake
Beyond the Pines
The Long Defeat