Sooner or later all bands make that inevitable decision to explore
other facets of life. Even greats like The Rolling Stones will
call it quits (at some point). But when you get that potentially saddening
press release, the most that you can hope for is a farewell tour.
And that's exactly what Thrice fans recently got.
It was just eight months ago that I sat down with bassist Eddie
Breckenridge while the guys came through with Moving Mountains.
Little did I know that was going to be the last Thrice interview with
Hybrid and that this recent trip was going to be the last time I'd
get the chance to truly experience such an incredible band. For over
a decade Dustin, Teppei, Riley, and Eddie
have been thrashing our minds one album at a time. And so for the
final tour the setlist was composed of selections from every milestone.
The first notes to hit the stage were from "Yellow Belly",
a song that has been classified (according to Eddie) as one of the
band's favorites to play. If Thrice were to leave the scene imprinted
with a recognizable and rock-steady song, this is that song. The opening
sequence is pure perfection in progression form. Each note from the
guitar almost sounds evil and then when paired with Dustin's disregard-for-society
belts, the song grows in undeniable strength. From Vheissu
came "Image Of The Invisible" and a fine line between rock
and chaotic punk that Thrice has managed to perfect. The triumphant
cries and frenzy-fast guitars were so powerful they caused us to forget
about the poetic chorus full of silky chords and surprising harmonies,
Way back when, the band wrote an album called The Illusion Of
Safety and on that record was a song by the name of "Kill
Me Quickly". When brought on stage this sound erupts like punk
explosion reminiscent of the early 2000s. Vocals are set in a higher
octave and nearly melodic, but it's the crazy quick tempo that kept
the heads bopping and a mosh pit to break out. The beauty of the album
Beggars showed through a couple times throughout the night.
First was with "In Exile", a number heavy in bass beats
and honest lyrics. The slower grooves of this song allowed the crowd
to calm down a bit. But that only lasted a minute, as next was a song
that could easily be known as one of the most popular selections from
Beggars, "The Weight". Set on a base of a strong
alt-rock guitar progression and cymbal heavy percussion was a dance
of enchanting lyrics and a blues bass backing. The song may have been
on the moderate level, however when that chorus chimed in, nearly
every audience member was screaming along at the top of their lungs:
"Come what may / I won't abandon you or leave you behind / Because
love is a loyalty sworn / Not a burning for a moment."
This only brought us to the halfway point of the evening, as the
boys continued to play for another 14 songs! For the Farewell Tour,
Thrice took their setlist back 11 years, which was not only impressive
but completely satisfying. Sure we all want Thrice to stay around
for another decade, but if there's going to be a final show, that
was the way to do it. So the most we can say is good luck to Dustin,
Riley, Teppei and Eddie. You will be missed!
June 6th, 2012
Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
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