The energy was high when Thrice took the stage at The Masquerade on October 9th in support of the band’s eighth album Major/Minor. This was my first time seeing them, but I had high hopes considering what I’d heard about their live performances. The band did not disappoint me in the least. Playing to a near sold out crowd, they launched into ‘Yellow Belly’, a song from the new album that had the fans singing along and jumping up and down so hard the floor shook. The band never lost their energy throughout the lengthy set, which included fan favorites like ‘Firebreather’ and ‘Silhouette’ along with songs from the new album like ‘Call It in the Air’ and ‘Promises’.

Singer Dustin Kensrue’s vocals shined throughout the performance and guitarist/singer Teppei Teranishi was amazing on the guitar and keys. The band had a high sense of fellowship with one another as they played, as if playing on stage together was just as natural as breathing.

The band encored with ‘Phoenix Ignition’, which had the fans going wild, and ‘To Awake and Avenge the Dead’.

After the show, Dustin Kensrue treated the remaining crowd to an intimate and unexpected three song acoustic set, which included one of my favorite songs,  ‘Come All You Weary’. The set also included ‘Blood and Wine’, one of Dustin’s solo songs that had a different sound from Thrice’s usual hardcore.

When I left the show I found myself a bigger fan of the band than I had been, which is exactly what I want from a live show. I definitely look forward to seeing them again.

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