Thrice @ Showbox at the Market, November 3, 2011

I was fortunate enough to see Thrice at Showbox at the Market in Seattle last night, and they KILLED IT :D I was a tad nervous because I’ve seen videos of them playing live on YouTube before, and I felt like Dustin didn’t sing that well live, but he (and the entire band) definitely proved me wrong. This was also the first time I was able to get to the VERY FRONT row and be against the rails and as close as possible to the band, which was amazing! Shows are so much fun when you can see the entire band, all of the lighting, and all of the action as it’s played out. It completes the experience and I had the time of my life feeling like I was completely connected to the concert and was able to enjoy it to its entirety. It is definitely worth it to get to the venue early and wait in line so that you can get the best spots possible to stand and watch.

Thrice was preceded by O’Brother, Moving Mountains, and La Dispute. I actually went ahead of the game this time (unlike the previous show that I attended) and listened to the opening bands before the night of the concert so that I could get a taste of what’d I’d be seeing. O’Brother and Moving Mountains impressed me, but I felt like Moving Mountains was a lot mellower than the three bands… and they also proved me wrong last night, which was awesome. La Dispute, on the other hand, I couldn’t acquire a liking to as I sampled them. I was told that they take some time getting used to, but I guess they’re just not my cup of tea. I thought their instrumentals were impressive live, but I just can’t get past the vocals. The crowd was really into them, but for some reason, if vocals aren’t to my liking, I can’t just get into the songs as much as I’d like. Bummer! All three opening acts were great, however, and I’m happy that they were all in the line-up.

After last night, I feel like I prefer Thrice live over recorded. Especially with their older music. I’m not a huge fan of their album, Vheissu, but I really got into when they were playing Hold Fast Hope and The Earth Will Shake last night. It was also sweet that they played not only tracks off of their new album, Major/Minor (which I explained in a previous post was the best album of 2011, in my opinion), but even music from a wide range of their array of their albums, even going back to their first album. They dedicated Anthology to all of their fans that have been following them since the beginning, and also claimed it to be the last song of the night until the crowd was able to change their minds, and they came back out for two more songs. 

I also got a t-shirt and a hard-copy of Major/Minor (finally). Yay :)

Here is the set list, from what I can remember…

  1. Yellow Belly
  2. The Weight
  3. Promises
  4. All The World is Mad
  5. Cold Cash and Colder Hearts
  6. Of Dust and Nations
  7. The Earth Will Shake
  8. Hold Fast Hope
  9. Silhouette
  10. Firebreather
  11. Call It In The Air
  12. Treading Paper
  13. In Exile
  14. Circles
  15. Words In The Water
  16. Phoenix Ignition
  17. Anthology
  18. Phoenix Ignition (encore)
  19. To Awake and Avenge the Dead (encore)

Kind of surprised they didn’t play Blur. But they played all my favorite songs from the new record (as well as The Weight and Silhouette, which are some of my favorites from older albums), so that made me happy!

I’m pretty sure I’m missing like 2-3 songs and my list is pretty out of order… so if anyone could correct me on this, that’d be great :) I also did not bring my camera to the show this time because whenever I do, I get too focused on taking pictures and getting videos that I don’t enjoy the show as much as I could’ve… and I’m so glad I didn’t. I didn’t want to miss a second of this show. I can’t wait for these awesome guys to come back to Seattle so I can rock out with them again!