This past weekend I went to see one of my favorite bands, Thrice, play live at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas for the fourth time. It’s a show I didn’t expect to see after the band announced their breakup in 2011. Thankfully, the stars aligned and the band returned in 2016 with a new album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, and a tour to support it.
With a vast and eclectic catalogue, I was anxious to see what the band would play. Past shows were filled with all the fan favorites and singles off their albums, but this set list was a bit different. They played many of the ones you would expect to hear, like “The Artist in the Ambulance” and their newest singles “Blood on the Sand” and “Black Honey,” but they also got in some unexpected songs like “For Miles” and their more melodic song “Daedalus” off The Alchemy Index. I particularly enjoyed the two songs they played off Beggars, “All the World is Mad” and “The Weight.” Overall, it felt like the band had assembled a set list of the songs they really wanted to play and it showed in their perfect execution.The show was amazing, and while I stood in the balcony above the fray of the pit and general admission chaos, it reminded me of earlier times when I would go to shows for the excitement and fury that you can only find at a show where a band rocks this hard.
While there wasn’t a lot of commentary between songs, the show was strong from start to finish and they made sure to showcase what they do best: play great and moving music.