Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thrice at the Observatory (6/18/12)

The farewell tour for Thrice is winding down as this was the last night with openers O'Brother and Animals as Leaders. Thrice's final show will be a multi-hour affair with no openers at the Observatory.

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O'Brother really blew me away. Tapping into a primordial sludge in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age, they are touring behind their full length album Garden Window. Check them out if you have a chance.

Animals As Leaders
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Dueling detuned eight string Ibanez guitars. Yes. Animals as Leaders shredded the audience with their inspired gymnastic dancing on their 2x4 sized fretboards. One must see them live to grasp their musical talents by colliding off kilter drumbeats and ten ton hammer riffs. Their latest album is Weightless on Prosthetic records. Don't miss them when they play your city.

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Thrice received a hero's welcome when they appeared on stage. I've been a long time fan of Thrice dating back when I saw them film the video for "Deadbolt" at Chain Reaction in Anaheim. As it was one of their last shows, I decided to absorb their set and enjoy myself more as a fan instead of taking copious notes.

01 Yellow Belly
02 Image of the Invisible
03 The Artist in the Ambulance
04 Kill Me Quickly
05 Hold Fast Hope
06 Silhouette
07 In Exile
08 The Weight
09 All the World is Mad
10 At the Last
11 Promises
12 Words in the Water
13 Of Dust and Nations
14 The Earth Will Shake
15 The Messenger
16 Flags of Dawn
17 Stare at the Sun
18 Deadbolt
19 To Awake and Avenge the Dead
20 Beggars
21 Higher (Creed Cover by O'Brother)
22 Helter Skelter
23 Phoenix Ignition
24 T&C
25 Anthology

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