Thrice is a lot to take in at once, in the best way possible. For a band that has existed for almost ten years (excluding a few years of communal hiatus), they’ve gone through many changes. One thing for certain is that they continue to be an influential post-harcore/rock/experimental creation that other bands can take notes from. Thrice continues to push their musical boundaries in terms of sound and lyricism, and especially in how they apply it to what is going on in the world.
It is especially rewarding to hear them command the stage following their hiatus. Amidst a super tour lineup, Thrice took stage following heartfelt Balance and Composure, the progressive masters of Chon and preceded the always amazing Circa Survive. Flooding the Cleveland Agora with erratic blue and green lighting, bassist Eddie Breckenridge exploded into opener, “The Earth Will Shake”. Following was “The Window”, off of their first post-hiatus album To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere released in 2016.
A cumulative majority of Saturday’s setlist included songs off of the most recent album, including, “Hurricane”, “Blood on the Sand”, “Black Honey”, and ultimately Thrice’s 15-song closer, “The Long Defeat”. Going through so many stylistic changes throughout the years has primed the band, especially vocalist Dustin Kensrue, with the ability to pick the tempo up and put it right back down. This differentiation lost some members in the Agora’s audience, but for most, grew interest.
It is obvious who the true Thrice fans were. From the solemn swaying to their older hits (akin to the stylistic tendencies of To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere) to thrashing with their middle-aged, more hardcore and aggressive hits, fans never missed a beat. Easily the best part of the show was seeing the fans rejoice to the hits while watching all four band members interact with each other while jamming and having fun throughout the songs.
The Winter tour is just about over, but you can listen to Thrice’s latest track release “Red Telephone” from this past year. Stay tuned.