SAN FRANCISCO — Post-hardcore rock band Thrice returned to the Bay Area Friday, playing a sold-out Regency Ballroom. Beginning with “Only Us,” off 2018 album Palms, and “Image of the Invisible,” from 2005’s Vheissu, Thrice showing its post-hardcore roots with a sound that was introspective and dark at the same time. The bands songs touched on youthful melancholia with dense, powerful riffs.
The set included “The Artist in the Ambulance,” from the 2013 album of the same name, “Hurricane,” from 2015’s To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, and Palms cut “A Branch in the River.” Thrice continued digging in its catalog, playing fan favorites like “Red Sky,” “Black Honey” and “Daedalus,” from the 2008 experimental album, The Alchemy Index Vol. III: Air.
Frontman Dustin Kensrue’s vocal’s shined on “The Grey,” “Anthology” (from 2011’s Major/Minor) and “Firebreather,” off The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire. The lyrics highlighted the decadence depressive tendencies emanating from the compositions.
There were calmer moments as well, such as Palms‘ “The Dark,” and “In Exile” and “Beggars,” both from 2009’s Beggars. These songs had a touch of blues and were a little farther from the extreme edges of post-hardcore.
Teppei Teranishi’s ambient guitar ceded to the drum and bass beat of Riley and Eddie Breckenridge on “Stare at the Sun,” as fans sang along. Riley Breckenridge’s powerful drum roll on “Paper Tigers” led into “The Long Defeat,” with fans singing the refrain, “Together we’ll fight the long defeat.” The main set concluded with Palms’ “Beyond the Pines,” before Thrice returned to play an encore of “Deadbolt” and “To Awake and Avenge the Dead,” both from 2002’s The Illusion of Safety.
L.A. punk rockers The Bronx preceded Thrice with a set of songs primarily from its 2017 album, V, with cuts like “Side Effects” and “Sore Throat.” With emotions raw, The Bronx also performed older tracks “History’s Stranglers” and “Six Days A Week,” during which vocalist Matt Caughthran entered the mosh pit.
Emo and shoegaze quartet Teenage Wrist, also from Los Angeles opened the concert with songs loaded with reverb and more atmospheric sounds than anything the other bands would go on to play.
The band’s set was comprised of songs from their new album, Chrome Neon Jesus, including “Dweeb,” “Swallow” and “Stone, Alone.”
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