Glaring eyes illuminated on Thrice’s backdrop and hypnotically spun while darkness creeped over the stage. Crimson red stage lights flickered and shined down on frontman Dustin Kensrue, who now stood behind the microphone. The intro music transitioned into the moderate guitar riffs before Thrice broke into “Hurricane.” The vibrant multi-colored spotlights panned across the stage, creating an awe-inspiring light show behind the post-hardcore quartet.
Thrice returned to the stage with dominance after ending a lengthy hiatus. Charlotte clapped along and cheered as the veteran rockers blended their new album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, with their older tracks. The Californians unveiled “Black Honey” and “The Long Defeat,” two popular tracks off their ninth studio album, early in the set.
The crowd roared and empty beer cans flew through the air. The combination of instruments and Kensrue’s voice combined nicely and while the audience sung along in unison, Thrice’s sound remained dominant.
The band transitioned into “Backdraft” and “Wood And Wire,” two songs from the last decade. Thrice’s inclusion of old records defined the performance as a true reunion show. Once again, the audience communicated their appreciation through thunderous cheerful roars after each song.
As Thrice progressed in the set list, the tempo became heavier. Although the crowd hardly needed an extra jolt, Kensrue and company kicked the performance up a gear with the 11-year old track “Hold Fast Hope.” Thrice’s sound has certainly changed over the decades, however the heavier tracks mixed well with the material from To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere.
While Thrice is known for their commitment to their music and minimal talking between songs, Kensrue took time out of the 20-song set to voice his sentiments on the recent events in Florida and bring the audience together as one. His thoughts underlined an appreciation for the present in addition to the sorrow felt across the globe.
Even though Thrice planned an encore, the crowd wouldn’t have allowed the band to leave the building without returning to the stage. Individuals throughout the Fillmore Charlotte paced through the venue pleading for “one more song.” As expected, Thrice returned and signed off with “The Artist in the Ambulance,” “In Years to Come” and “The Earth Will Shake.” And once again, judging by the crowd’s reaction, Thrice is still the real deal.