Words & photos by Catherine Patchell
September marked the release of post-hardcore band Thrice’s tenth studio album, Palms. Shortly after the announcement that the Californian band had joined the Epitaph Records family this summer, they shared the dates for their fall tour. Supporting the release, Thrice’s tour kicked off September 21st in San Diego, CA and continues to loop through the United States until November 18th for the last show back in southern CA in Los Angeles. We caught up with the tour when it came through San Francisco, CA to The Regency Ballroom on November 2nd.
The sold-out show brought forth a packed venue even at the start of the night. Los Angeles’s Teenage Wrist took to the stage first to open up the evening. Pulling from their 2018 debut album, Chrome Neon Jesus, the band put on a short yet attention-grabbing performance. Going into the show, I hadn’t heard of the band – but I left with a new name to check out. Rule number one: don’t skip the openers, as you never know what new artists you’ll take a liking to.
Next up was Los Angeles punk rock legends, The Bronx. The explosive eleven song set spanned their discography and included three tracks off of their latest release, V. Nearing the end of the set, vocalist Matt Caughthran jumped off of the stage and into the crowd, causing a large circle pit to form around him as the audience belted out lyrics with him. The Bronx truly got the room moving and the energy level up during their memorable performance.
Thrice came out strong, jumping into “Only Us,” from their recent album Palms. With an extensive discography at their fingertips to select from, Thrice did a great job pulling together a diverse set of songs that flowed well together from throughout their history. And you can be sure that crowd favorites like “Black Honey” and “The Artist In The Ambulance” were included, leading to full venue sing-alongs. In San Francisco, you can expect the temperature to be 65 degrees pretty consistently, which makes for a pleasant concert-going experience because the venues don’t get roasting hot. Thrice’s stop at the Regency Ballroom was THE most absurdly toasty show I have been to in the city yet. Thankfully, the band showed no signs of slowing down amidst the grueling heat. That combined with the backlit set, the show made for an ideal situation to just close your eyes and feel the music. Few phones drifted up into the air throughout the evening, so you could tell that the crowd was there for the experience and living in the moment. It was a night to remember.