I’ve always wanted to see Thrice live. I had a chance a couple of months ago. I even bought a ticket to go see them down in Kansas but a string of unfortunate events made it impossible for me to get down there for the show and I ended up at my grandmother’s funeral that night instead. Sure, I was bummed but, as obsessed as I am with concerts, family comes first so I skipped out on the show to be with my family.
I was devastated and really didn’t know if I was going to get another chance to see Thrice live. I tried not to think about it but just a week after I was supposed to see them, like fate, they announced a second half of their tour and First Avenue in Minneapolis was listed. I flipped, got online, bought a ticket and told myself that nothing was going to keep me from this show.
Time flew by between the time I bought the ticket and Friday night. I found myself at a bar with some friends having some drinks, playing some games, and eating some food before the show. We were all excited but I seemed to be the only one at the table who hadn’t seen Thrice yet. They kept talking the live show up and it made me wonder if Thrice would be able to meet all of these high expectations I had now.
Thrice met all of my expectation and then some.
I wanted to be able to stand in the crowd and be completely blown away but their unique sound. Half way through their set, I caught myself standing there in a complete daze with my jaw on the ground. Being able to see such talented musicians that have been a part of your life for so long is truly a mesmerizing experience. I had spent years wondering what it would be like to see Thrice live and here I was, experiencing it in real life.
Thrice recently put a new album out and I was afraid they might focus on that but, thankfully, they did a nice job of mixing old and new songs. Although I obviously wanted to hear the old songs in order to relive my youth, hearing the new songs and realizing that Thrice has stuck to what they’re good at and haven’t really changed was a very nice breath of fresh air. So many bands from my childhood have drastically changed their music style for better or for worse but Thrice seems to be one of the ones that has pretty much stayed the same. They were amazing when I was 13, they’re amazing now that I’m 27… I think it’s safe to say that Thrice will always be amazing.
The show was opened up by La Dispute. I just recently got into these guys and fell in love with their lyrics and the way the lyrics fit on top of the instruments. It had a feeling of spoken word and that’s definitely my newest addiction. It was awesome to watch Jordan, the singer, sing/speak the lyrics. The amount of feeling he had and the amount of passion was just unreal. I could feel it even though I was a couple people deep into the crowd and I couldn’t help but feel myself getting lost in the music.
Jordan would storm across the stage and swing his arms with the music which made it feel a lot more energetic live than it does on recordings. I love when bands are able to feel so different live than on CD just because you can tell they have a passion for what they’re doing on stage. That’s how a live show should be and that’s why I completely fell head over heels for La Dispute.
Nothing, Nowhere. opened up the show but unfortunately, due to an intense game of Pacman we had going on at the bar before the show, we missed most of their set. I got to hear a little bit of their set as we were walking into First Avenue and what I heard I definitely liked. It seemed a bit calm but full of talent. I do hope to catch them again soon!
As bummed as I was that I didn’t get to see this tour in Kansas a couple of months ago, I don’t think it would have been the same.
It’s all about where you are and who you’re with. I was at First Avenue (my home away from home) with the best of friends surrounding me while watching a band from our childhood…. there’s nothing that can beat that.
Venue: First Avenue
Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 30
Crowd Surfers- 2 Attempts
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Overall Score- 8 out of 10
Show on Deck- Ex Reyes/ How To Dress Well