Dustin Kensrue of Thrice at The Novo in Los Angeles

Thrice revisits the past at The Novo in Los Angeles

Thrice revisits the past with the Vheissu Tour

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice at The Novo in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES — Revisiting the past often has negative connotations. Unless, of course, you’re celebrating the life of a career-defining album like Thrice is doing right now.

Entering the final stop of its tour, the iconic alt-rock band honored 15 years of Vheissu, its fourth studio album, to a sold-out crowd at The Novo. The Orange County natives, comprised of vocalist-guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Ed Breckenridge and drummer Riley Breckenridge, performed the aggressively complex sounds of Vheissu in its entirety.

As the lights dimmed, the indistinguishable chatter of the crowd fell silent, and the theater began to fill with the faint crescendo of haunting morse code taps to signal the hit song “Image of The Invisible,” which began the show.

Thrice continued to play each track with very little conversation with the crowd, until the fading notes of “Red Sky,” the final song of the album, led Kensrue to proclaim, “And that was Vheissu!” before playing some hit songs off of other albums, such “Black Honey,” as an encore.

Thrice also received support from Philadelphia experimental rock band mewithoutYou, which consists of vocalist Aaron Weiss, guitarists Mike Weiss and Brandon Beaver, bassist Greg Jehanian, and drummer Rick Mazzotta. During a break mid-set, Weiss announced that mewithoutYou will be breaking up at the end of 2020. But such a sharp statement didn’t kill off any energy from the crowd as fans moshed to the beat of thrashing guitar riffs and thunderous percussion.

Phoenix natives Holy Fawn, known for their unusual sound of tormented tranquility, opened the show with their anomalous track “Dark Stone.” As the ghostly hypnotic tones from guitarist Evan Phelps transitioned to the soft-spoken words of vocalist-guitarist Ryan Osterman, the rhythms of bassist Alexander Rieth and drummer Austin Reinholz ventured into the depths of songs like “Candy” and “Blood Pact.” The latter songs explored the realm of disturbing emotions. Holy Fawn had concluded with its dramatically complex ballad “Arrows.”

Hardcore punk group Drug Church erupted onto the stage with the fast and aggressive distortion of “Grubby” leading its set as vocalist Patrick Kindlon, guitarists Nick Cogan and Cory Galusha, bassist Pat Wynne and drummer Chris Villeneuve reminisced about the old-school, in-your-face bite that was so distinct of the ’90s West Coast punk scene. Drug Church never let off the gas as each song grew more intense, until Kindlon concluded the final song of the set by shouting, “We are fucking Drug Church!” and walked off, having the band exit as abruptly as it started.

Thursday sets a record at The Glass House in Pomona

Thursday sets a record at The Glass House in Pomona

The Glass House - Pomona

Post-hardcore pioneers Thursday entered their final show of 2019 with a performance at local iconic venue The Glass House in Pomona, California. The lineup comprising of vocalist Geoff Rickly, guitarists Tom Keeley and Steve Pedulla, touring bassist Stuart Richardson, and drummer Tucker Rule were coming off a massive show the night before at The Shrine in Los Angeles, opening for fellow New Jersey-based artists and close friends, My Chemical Romance.

As the night progressed, the small showroom that is The Glass House was rowdy with a sold-out crowd anxiously awaiting Thursday’s arrival… 

Suddenly, a total blackout engulfs the audience… fans screaming from every direction, speakers begin peaking from the bass blasting while faint, shadowy silhouettes float across the stage into position. We hear open guitar notes strumming as bright blue lights wash the room… Thursday has officially taken the stage.

Frontman Geoff Rickly emerges with his back to the audience, he begins swinging his mic over and over until he rushes to the edge of the stage and we hear the sudden intro to For The Workforce, Drowning… causing the crowd to scream so powerful, they actually drown out the music itself. Rickly goes on to introduce himself and the band between songs before performing their hits Cross Out The Eyes, Jet Black New Year, and the Billboard charting Signals Over the Air.

The energy and sheer force that Thursday brings onstage is what separates great performers from the living legends. And as Thursday finished the closing sounds of Division St., the thunderous roar of “ENCORE” echoed the venue. 

Thursday reemerged once again to play Time’s Arrow, Beyond the Visible Spectrum, and War All the Time.

And while many believed War All the Time would signal the end of their sold-out show, they treated their loyal fans to a cover of the Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love and then closing out with Turnpike Divides.

Rickly stated to the crowd that this show tonight was record setting, as it was officially the longest setlist Thursday had ever played in their existence with a total of 18 songs.