Thrice’s Farewell Tour – Spring 2012

I think I’m finally O.K. with talking about it…  Back in November of 2011, the Thrice guys announced that they would be going on hiatus.  Although they were specific that it’s merely a break from being a full-time band and not a break-up, us fans know what this portends.  I’m so sad knowing there will be no new Thrice to look forward to.

But since I’ve already had about 3 months to mope about it, I’ll focus on the future instead.  Recently Thrice announced the dates for their Farewell Tour.  It pains me to say those two words in the same sentence, but I’m grateful that they decided to let us have one last huzzah.

In fact, Thrice has decided to pull out a bunch of old songs this time, and have asked us what we want to hear.  Click through to their online poll to give your input.  I’m going to share one of the many on my list of must-hear songs.

“So Strange I Remember You”

So strange I remember you in protest of a prayer
Falling back from seas we fear to sail
I swear I saw the shooter, gold teeth and a double dare
Postmortem warnings seem inclined to fail

Feigning an apology
Those words they never left your lips
Those five years in Bermuda
Slide by like the lights of passing ships

So strange that I remember you
Knee deep in Nietzche’s lies
My throat was an open grave
I drank your stained glass eyes

And they taste like dead cathedrals
That are crumbling beneath a weight
Ten thousand jaded tourists
Who’ve traded in their hearts and hands for
Disposable cameras
Set to document decay
Set to capture just enough of life
To catalogue the things we throw away

Breathing the fumes of our machines
We’ve lost our way
Breathing through television dreams
If we could only see us now
If we could only see us now

The words of the dead ring in our ears
But it’s only a lie
The voice in your head brings you to tears
But you don’t know why
The words of the dead ring in our ears
But it’s only a lie
The voice in your head brings you to tears
But it’s only a lie
Yes, it’s only a lie isn’t it?

And, Thrice tour dates for 2012:

04/29 – Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock
04/30 – London, England @ Forum
05/04 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues-San Diego
05/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
05/06 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
05/08 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/09 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
05/10 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
05/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
05/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
05/16 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
05/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
05/20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
05/22 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
05/23 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
05/24 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre Times Square
05/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
05/27 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
05/29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
05/30 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/01 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
06/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
06/05 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
06/06 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
06/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
06/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox @ The Market
06/10 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
06/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
06/14 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/15 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live

Thrice @ The Masquerade – 2011

I’ve always heard that Thrice is amazing live, and now I can say with absolute certainty that I agree.   This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of seeing them for the first time.  As an avid listener of 10 years or so, I’d say it was long overdue…!  Here’s a list of the songs they played:

The new songs from Major/Minor sound amazing live.  And I didn’t expect to hear ‘Circles’ or ‘Of Dust and Nations’ on this tour, so that was a nice surprise.  To top it off, Thrice decided to play a couple of songs from their earlier albums as the encore. ‘Phoenix Ignition’ and ‘To Awake and Avenge the Dead’ brought on some insane nostalgia, and instantly made the crowd go wild. The most involving song of the night, though, was ‘The Earth Will Shake.’ Thrice + Atlanta were definitely shaking that bouncy floor in The Masquerade’s Heaven. Their performance was most excellent!

At the end of it all, Dustin Kensrue took his acoustic across the street and played a few songs. The purpose was to say thank you to the fans, and to raise awareness for Invisible Children.  Here’s a short article where Dustin explains, in his own words, Thrice’s involvement.

I love this band and the songs they played more than words can express; I feel incredibly lucky to have been present that night.

Thank you Thrice.  Your music brings hope and inspiration to people everywhere.

Thrice Images

Since the release of their new album a few days ago, and their upcoming fall tour, I have to say:  I have Thrice on the mind.  What better time to post my stash of Thrice pics…!

Remember when they used to look like this?

These pics are of Ed Breckenridge, Riley Breckenridge, Teppei Teranishi, and Dustin Kensrue from Thrice, over an unspecified span of time.

Anthology by Thrice – Live Acoustic Version

Last week, Thrice played an acoustic session at the Hurley Studio.  They played a few different songs, but I was definitely most in awe of “Anthology.”  Something about the melody evokes this wonderful indescribable feeling.  And as a long time listener, I really appreciated all the different song references in the lyrics.  Basically, this song is too good not to share.


I love acoustic performances, especially ones with a nice full sound.  The fact that they played it flawlessly doesn’t hurt either.

“Anthology”

Our lives built on tin cans and string
But the cornerstone laid is a wondrous and beautiful thing
Sure in the ground

While the north wind is taking its toll
You have helped me to find my way back and to anchor my soul
Safe in the sound

Oh you know me, oh and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

I’m brack and baring my bones
Said if we heard the howling
I’d run out to face it alone
To meet it halfway

I’ve still got badges to earn
So keep sifting my soul
Cause I think that I’m starting to learn
To love you that way

Oh you know me, and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

It’s true that you could snap my neck
I trust you’ll save my life instead
Cause our love is a loyalty sworn
If we hold to our hope then I know we can weather the storm
Whatever they say, come what may

Oh you know me, oh and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

Can’t wait to hear the album version of this song…!  I’m even more stoked to hear Thrice play “Anthology” when they come to town this fall!

Yellow Belly by Thrice + 2011 Tour Dates

Like many Thrice listeners out there, I’ve been anxiously awaiting their upcoming album.  Naturally, after finding out that “Major/Minor” comes on 9/20/11, my anticipation has amplified.  So I’ve been whetting my appetite on random Thrice YouTube vids since then, hoping to find something new.

Yesterday I got my wish when I stumbled across several videos of an untitled song they played live back in April 2011 (at Baboozle).  Unfortunately, most of the videos either cut off before the song was finished or had less than stellar sound quality.  Not anyone’s fault.  But then today…  Thrice to the rescue…!  They released a clean version of their new song.  Click below to hear it!

Thrice – Yellow Belly by VagrantRecords

And, Thrice tour dates for 2011:

Sep 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct 01 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 03 – Dallas, TX – The Door
Oct 04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Oct 07 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Oct 08 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
Oct 09 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Theater
Oct 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Oct 12 – Richmond, VA – The National
Oct 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Oct 15 – Towson, MD – Recher Theater
Oct 16 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Oct 18 – Boston, MA – Royale
Oct 19 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Oct 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Oct 22 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Oct 23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 26 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 27 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Oct 28 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 29 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Oct 30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Nov 01 – Magna, UT – SaltAir
Nov 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
Nov 04 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov 05 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Nov 06 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Nov 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
Nov 09 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov 11 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Thanks for being so amazing, Thrice.  <3

For more updates, try Thrice’s Facebook or MySpace page.

Thrice is Nice

It was 2001, the year of Diablo II.  More importantly, it was the year that I first heard a band called Thrice.  “Identity Crisis” was the name of the song, and to me it sounded like punk and metal had finally decided to put aside their differences and be pals.  Aggressive yet melodic, this song marked the beginning of my ardor for everything Thrice. Not only was I captivated by Thrice’s sound — I was firmly hooked by their lyrics. Meticulously crafted and poignant, their lyrics not only provoked thought but spoke truth.

“Identity Crisis”

Image marred by self-infliction
Private wars on my soul waged
Heart is scarred by dual volitions
Juxtaposed and both engaged
Kindle flame, a test of faith
Pray help me see it through
I put all my trust in you

Refine hate and love
Fall afresh on me
End this crisis of
Identity

Draw this darkness out like poison
Stab, retrieve, again decline
Help me drive the dagger deeper
Trace with me explicit line
Take this blade, a test of faith,
And strike me deep and true
I put all my trust in you

Refine hate and love
Fall afresh on me
End this crisis of
Identity

This is my voice, all shadows stayed, this is my heart, upon the altar laid
Please take all else away, hear my cry, I beg, I plead, I pray
I’ll walk into the flame, a calculated risk to further bless your name
So strike me deep and true, and in your strength I will live and die both unto you.

All in all, I love the energy and authenticity of Thrice…! Years later, this amazing band is still making music. Their sound has evolved as they’ve grown, at times almost unrecognizable as the same band from the previous album. Yet throughout all the change, Thrice continues to sustain their listening base. I could go on and on and still not do them justice, but I’ll stop for now. More will follow about this talented group of guys.