Words & Photos by Joe Calixto
Thrice is one of those bands, no matter what kind of music you’re into, may it be punk, hardcore, metal, prog, folk, indie, hip-hop (maybe), etc., you’ve probably heard of them in some way. Personally, I absolutely love Thrice. They’re one of the bands that showed me that you can play heavy shit but still drop some major singing feels and that definitely molded my musicality.
The band hit the road late September of this year, promoting their latest record, Palms, through a label that has been absolutely killing it this year, Epitaph Records. Taking with them some of Los Angeles’s finest bands both new and old, Teenage Wrist and The Bronx. Making it quite a showcase of what Southern California has and can offer.
After 5 weeks of intense touring through the country, the roadshow finally ended at the legendary, Wiltern, in Los Angeles, CA.
Opening the show was a band who put out one of my top 5 favorite albums of the year. Another of Epitaph’s signings, Teenage Wrist walked on stage in front of their hometown crowd bringing that somewhat mellow yet very punchy, shoegaze sound that I am stupid crazy for. Do not sleep on this band and be sure to check out Chrome Neon Jesus.
Following them, were LA punk/hardcore legends, The Bronx. I literally have nothing more to say about this band that you’ve probably haven’t heard already. Energy, energy, energy! There is never a dull moment at a Bronx show. Even their tuning stops are exciting. This band will never stop to amaze me.
The great thing about this show was it had 3 bands and it started really early. So by the time Thrice came on stage, the night was still young and the crowd was still full of energy. So when they played an hour and a half with songs from the new record and almost all the hits, including a Deadbolt encore. The crowd just went wild.
From the insane light production, to Dustin Kensure’s incredibly powerful voice, to Teppei’s stage swagger, to that punch that the Breckenridge brothers bring to the table. and to hear a sea of people sing a long to these songs. it was, in my opinion, a perfect way to end such a great tour.
Thrice will be back on the road in 2019 with Bring Me The Horizon and the Fever 333. So be sure to catch them there if you wanna be blown the fuck away.
We are the dead, can we be saved?