It’s hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since Thrice released ‘Vheissu’ but it has so come out and celebrate when they take over First Avenue on Thursday, January 30th.
Since their debut album “Identity Crisis” in 2000, Thrice has become one of the most influential bands in the post-hardcore movement and continue to show their strength with great releases and sold out tours. Thrice’s newest album “Palms” just proves that, although years have passed and even with a short hiatus, not much has changed with this quintessential group. Their sound stays true to that unique mix of post-hardcore, pop-punk and melodic-hardcore that had a whole generation falling head over heels for them. Although this tour is in celebration of 15 years since ‘Vheissu’ was released, there’s no question that they will be honoring some of their tried and true classics.
Joining Thrice will be Mewithoutyou. Since their formation in 2001, mewithoutYou have become a standard-bearer for their genre (whatever genre that may be). Across six full-length albums and a handful of EPs, the Philadelphia band—alternately labeled experimental punk, post-hardcore, indie rock, etc.—have long put a premium on progression, never anchoring themselves to a single sound and instead gracefully wandering across stylistic lines. It’s that same spirit that informed the band’s upcoming seventh album [Untitled], their second for Run For Cover Records, as well as its accompanying EP [untitled].
Drug Church will also be performing and I seriously can not wait to see them as they are currently one of my new favorites. Drug Church are a glorious contradiction. They’re an unabashedly aggressive band that writes hooks you can’t stop humming–too poppy for the heavy crowd, too heavy for the poppy crowd. Their frontman is a singer who rarely sings, delivering lyrics that revel in the darkest corners of the human condition but are just as likely to make you laugh as to make you flinch. The band loudly shouts uncomfortable truths we’d prefer to avoid but makes us want to shout along with them; they make serious music but don’t take themselves too seriously; they’re completely adverse to planning but have found accidental success.
Make sure to get there early for Holy Fawn. Through an otherworldly conjuration of heavy guitars, soothing dissonance, and textural space, Holy Fawn invoke music from seen and unseen corners and crevices of the wilderness. Like an ancient culture exalting the sacred spirit of nature, the music mirrors the onset of night in the woods, a delicate push-and-pull of ominous sonic omens and blissful vocal calm. The Phoenix quartet—Ryan Osterman [guitar, vocals], Evan Phelps [guitar], Alexander Rieth [bass], and Austin Reinholz [drums]—hint at such sorcery in their chosen moniker.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Jan. 23 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Warfield Theatre
Jan. 24 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
Jan. 25 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
Jan. 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Union Event Center
Jan. 28 – Denver, Colo. @ Summit Music Hall
Jan. 30 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
Jan. 31 – Chicago, Ill. @ Concord Music Hall
Feb. 1 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Feb. 3 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
Feb. 4 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Anthology
Feb. 5 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 7 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
Feb. 8 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
Feb. 9 – Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
Feb. 11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Franklin Music Hall
Feb. 12 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live
Feb. 13 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa
Feb. 14 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
Feb. 15 – Columbia, S.C. @ The Senate
Feb. 16 – Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
Feb. 18 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
Feb. 20 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s
Feb. 21 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
Feb. 22 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Feb. 24 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre
Feb. 25 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Observatory
Feb. 27 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
Feb. 29 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Novo