After nearly 13 years of making music, Southern California's post-hardcore outfit Thrice declared a hiatus 2 months after releasing their latest LP Major/Minor. As a culmination of the past 10 years of touring and putting out records (including 8 LPs, 3 live releases, and a handful of EPs), Thrice released Anthology on Oct. 30th. The album is a 2-CD or 4-LP set of live tracks, recorded at various stops on their recent Farewell tour. The tours set lists were decided after fans chose which songs from the Thrice discography they most wanted to hear. The intent was to showcase a meaningful sampling of Thrice's career as a band while giving a loyal fan base what they wanted from a proper farewell show. The result is a career-spanning 24-song live album that gives the experience of being at a great Thrice concert.
A fat-riffed guitar on "Yellow Belly," the lead track from Major/Minor, kicks off the show. Thrice's performance is never without a signature intensity built on frontman Dustin Kensrue's earnest lyrics and an aggressive musical approach. The band arranges their set with an engaging mix of favorites from albums new and old, keeping the energy high and the guitars loud. Thrice weaves in and out of their discography, surrounding the harder, urgent metal and hardcore-inspired attacks of their earlier work with the more progressive, exploratory tracks of recent albums.
Anthology successfully displays every side of Thrice, offering 24 songs that best do so, presented as one epic concert. The listener is left with the big picture of what Thrice was for the last decade, and where the band ventured musically. With Anthology, anybody relatively new to Thrice (or somehow missed them at one of their many past punk festival appearances) will be banging their heads, wondering why they missed out, while long-time fans will appreciate a sonic reflection on the band through a solid live performance.
We sat down to interview Thrice and caught their live performance at M Studio.