Show Review: Thrice, Bayside, and Anxious at Empire Live in Albany, NY

On June 8, Thrice and Bayside co-headlined a show in Albany, New York. The venue they played is a newer venue that is actually inside a parking garage. I wonder how many people sit in the garage listening to the music instead of paying for a ticket!

Opening up the night was Connecticut’s punk band called Anxious. This was my first time seeing Anxious, but it won’t be my last for sure. Playing a 30-minute set for the early birds, the crowd was unsure of this band at first. This was their first time playing in upstate NY and Grady, the lead singer, asked who has never seen or heard of them (mostly everyone raised a hand). But after interacting with the crowd and playing a lot of good dancing and moshing music, the crowd started to warm up. Anxious definitely left Albany with many new fans.

Second came Bayside, with a classic introduction song “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle. The band reminded us that they celebrated 22 years as a band a few weeks prior to the show. That makes me feel old, and I’m sure most of the crowd felt the same. Kicking off their set with the title track of their 2007 album The Walking Wounded, the crowd was dancing and singing along since the very first note.

Their set was well rounded. They played hits from 2005 and even a new song that was released just a few weeks ago. Mid-set, Anthony Raneri, Bayside’s lead singer, thanked Ted, who has been booking shows with Bayside in Albany even before they had a label. The members reminisced about the crazy shows they have played in upstate NY and they said they will always come back to play in the area.

Thrice closed the show. At first, the crowd’s energy was no match to what they showed they could do during Bayside’s set, but as “The Artist In The Ambulance” played, the crowd went wild, and the energy picked up. Thrice made it clear that they were so happy and excited to be playing shows again. Dustin Kensrue, the lead singer, reminded fans to be mindful of the people around and to keep each other safe. I think that is such an important reminder, especially when there is a lot of movement in the crowd.

With an incredible and well-thought-out light show, Thrice played a 12-song set, even throwing in a Beatles cover of “Helter Skelter” in. They ended their set with an encore, playing one of their classics (and one of my favorites) “The Earth Will Shake.”This tour will continue until the end of June and will be stopping in cities throughout Missouri and Texas.




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