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03 Jun

By Keeyahtay Lewis

Last year Thrice announced that they would be going on hiatus after a final tour. For those who know me, it is well known that Thrice is my favorite band. So this made me a little bummed, but I knew it would also mean that I would get a chance to see them at least a couple more times. Thursday night, May 24, was the first of two nights I would be seeing them. They came into NYC with O’Brother and Animals as Leaders in tow for their “Farewell Tour.”

O’Brother was first, and I was pumped to see them. They were on tour with Thrice last year so I knew it would be a good show. Hailing from Atlanta, O’Brother is made up of singer/guitarist Tanner Merritt, Anton and Johnny Dang on bass and guitar, and Michael Martens on drums. They were also joined by a 5th member, who I can’t find a name for, on guitar and sometimes, drums. O’Brother is called an “experimental rock band” and I guess this is fitting, but mostly they just rock.

They came out and opened with Lo, Sputnik, and Machines Part 1 and 2. O’Brother has a sound that is certainly their own, and the energy between the 5 guys on stage is incredible always. Tanner’s vocals are hard to describe. At times high pitched and delicate, and then powerful and on edge in the next second. The band owns every inch of the stage, never staying in one place for more than a few seconds. The soft songs are soft, but the loud songs hit you like a punch in the chest.

They finished out their too short set with Poison!, Lay Down, and the crowd and personal favorite, Ascension. I think that Ascension sums up the band well. It starts slow and soft with ambient noise and and re verb, but then it explodes into a powerhouse song. I think with that song you can hear everything O’Brother is trying to do. I love it.

Next up was Animals as Leaders. I had never heard of them and really didn’t know what to expect. Tosin Abasi on guitar, Javier Reyes on bass, and Matt Garstka on drums. No one on vocals. It took me about two minutes to realize there would be no singing. This, frankly, threw me off completely. Singing and lyrics or so important to me when I am listening to something. Not having any made it difficult for me to watch them play. I don’t think it was just me either. The band sounds incredible together, and the musicianship is all top notch. But after 10 min or so I found myself losing interest, and it was clear to see I wasn’t the only one.

Their set included Wave of Babies, Tempting Time, Earth Departure, An Infinite Regression, Cylindrical Sea, Somnarium, Weightless and CAFO. The songs are definitely all metal/prog rock based and there were moments that were really amazing. But again, for me at least, I can only listen to a guy solo on guitar for so long. I felt like having Animals as Leaders come on after O’Brother brought the energy in the room down a bit.

Next up was the band that the sold out crowd was there to see. The roar that erupted from the crowd when Thrice took the stage was deafening. As soon as they picked up their instruments they launched into Yellow Belly, a roaring track from their latest release, Major/Minor. It was clear in the first 4 seconds that 2000 + people came to get sweaty with their favorite band.

With the next three songs Thrice showed us all that this was going to be a special show: Image of the Invisible, Artist In The Ambulance, and Kill Me Quickly. Clearly Thrice was going to give the show of their lives tonight, a send of that won’t be forgotten. The show spanned all of their albums pretty well. They were definitely playing songs that the people wanted to hear, and I heard them play songs that night I thought I would never hear. The one two punch of Under a Killing Moon and Silhouette kept the energy high, before they brought it back down a bit with In Exile and The Weight.

Thrice has been around for 14 years, the same 4 guys, and I have never heard them sound better. Dustin Kensrue on vocals and guitar, Teppei Ternaishi on lead guitar, and Eddie and Riley Breckenridge on bass and drums. It always amazes me how Thrice manages to create something together that sounds so much more powerful than 4 guys should be able to do together. It was easy to see how much they all love playing together. I have never seen Dustin smile more during a show.

Promises was up next, followed by a song I was so excited to hear live, Daedalus. Before playing the latter, Dustin told the crowd that it was a song the fans voted that they wanted to hear. It sounded incredible live. They continued to bounce around all their albums with the next songs: Words in the Water, Of Dust and Nations, Red Sky, Digital Sea, Firebreather, The Earth Will Shake and Stare at the Sun. Then they launched into Deadbolt, a song they haven’t played on tour in a long time. It is a clear crowd favorite and everyone lost their minds. It showed again, that this “Farewell Tour” really is for the fans. To Awake and Avenge the Dead and Beggars were the last two tracks before the encore.

The band left the stage for a couple of minutes then came back and opened up with a slower song from The Alchemy Index, Come all You Weary. This song was definitely the lull before the storm. The next two songs would threaten to bring the roof of Best Buy Theater down on all of our heads. Phoenix Ignition, and the first song Thrice ever wrote: T & C.
Holy shit.

They left one more time as every person screamed for “one more song” then came back out to give everyone what they asked for: one more song, closing out with Anthology. They thanked everyone, took a bow, and left.

24 songs, Thrice played 24 songs for New York City. I can only think of maybe one or two songs I would have loved to hear that they didn’t touch on. But overall, this show was for the fans. As they left the stage and everyone chanted “THANK YOU THRICE” over and over, it was clear to see that the show we had just seen was a love letter to us, the fans.

I spent Thursday and Friday night seeing and shooting, my favorite band, for maybe the last time. It was bittersweet at best. As I said, they played some of the best shows I had ever seen. But not knowing when, or if I would see them again, left me feeling hollow.

I will never be able to thank those guys, Dustin, Teppei, Eddie, Riley, I will never be able to thank them for what they have given me. 10 years ago I remember being at one of their shows just wanting to be able to take pictures of them. Now I have shot them several times, interviewed Riley, gotten a record signed, and more.

I have grown up as they have, and they have never failed to impress me. With the music they make, and the people they are. As I spent the last couple nights with a few thousand people screaming every word along with the band, so many things swelled up in my chest.

I dunno. I feel like there is so much more to say about this, but the bottom line is, I feel grateful that I have been able to be inspired by them. I named my company after their song. They inspired me to shoot music just because I wanted to be able to have a reason to hang out with them.

I literally wouldn’t be the person I am now if it wasn’t for them.

So when it is all said and done, I just want to say thank you. Your fans all over the world will miss you. We will listen to the music, get your lyrics tattooed on us, and wait, breath held for you guys to come back.

But until then, thank you for the memories and the music.

Thank you, Thrice.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of

22 Feb

Southern California’s THRICE today announces the dates for their farewell spring tour. After thirteen years together, singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge and drummer Riley Breckenridge will begin their final tour together on May 4 in San Diego, California. The tour spans major cities in North America and is set to wrap with a hometown two-night stand at House of Blues in Anaheim followed by the final show in Los Angeles at Club Nokia. In November 2011 Thrice announced that the band would be taking an indefinite hiatus following the spring tour.

A limited number of tickets have been held for Thrice fans and will be available through an exclusive Ducat King presale that begins Thursday, February 23 at 12pm local. To buy tickets: Tickets for the general public will go on sale Thursday, March 1 at 12pm local time.

Thrice will be recording live audio at select stops along to the tour for a proposed live album slated for release in late 2012. Supporting Thrice on all dates will be Animals As Leaders with more information including the announcement of additional support bands and details of commemorative merchandise available at the shows will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thrice released their first proper full-length, Identity Crisis, in 2001 and quickly stormed to the forefront of the indie music scene as listeners rejoiced and formed what can only be described as a cult following. Thrice went on to release six highly praised albums – fan favorites The Illusion Of Safety (2002), The Artist In The Ambulance (2003) and Vheissu (2005), the brilliant and intricate four-piece concept album The Alchemy Index: Fire and Water (2007) and Earth and Air (2008), and the band-centric masterpiece, Beggars (2009). Thrice released their most recent full length, Major/Minor last September on Vagrant Records. Thrice has become a staple in the alternative-modern-rock world for nearly ten years now and is known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records.

Thrice was recently recognized by their local music community with the announcement that the band has been nominated for Best Album (Major/Minor), Best Song (“Promises”), and Best Rock band for the 2012 OC Music Awards. In addition, the band will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award when the awards ceremony is held on Saturday, March 3. More information can be found here:

THRICE Farewell Tour:
05/04 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues-San Diego
05/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
05/06 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
05/08 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/09 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
05/10 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
05/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
05/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
05/16 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
05/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
05/20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
05/22 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
05/23 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
05/24 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre Times Square
05/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
05/27 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
05/29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
05/30 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/01 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
06/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
06/05 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
06/06 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
06/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
06/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox @ The Market
06/10 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
06/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
06/14 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/15 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live
– Animals As Leaders supporting on all dates -

27 Oct

By Keeyahtay Lewis

I will say the thing I looked forward to most this year took place on Friday night; Thrice came into town. Their fans are loyal and ravenous. I feel like the guys don’t tour often, so whenever they do they do not hold back at all. I can also say that they consistently bring pretty amazing bands on tour with them. On that night, October 14, Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ was in for a real treat.

Opening the show were the pretty incredible band out of Atlanta, O’Brother. I got the chance to talk to the drummer for Thrice, Riley, before the show and he mentioned the new O’Brother album as one he was looking forward to. It is easy to see why. Led by Tanner Merrit, they wasted no time whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Loud when needed, and at other times almost delicate. The rhythm section kept the beats flowing into the audience, and the heads nodded along the whole time.

Next up were the band out of Westchester, Moving Moutains. Another band that took command of the stage. Atmospheric and powerful would absolutely be two words that came to mind while they were playing. But this sound was punctuated at times by incredible, well placed screams. Their brand of spaced out rock kept everyone’s attention. Judging by the amount of kids singing along, everyone was super pumped to see these guys play.

Michigan’s La Dispute took the stage third in line. The spoken word hardcore style of this band was almost a shock after the first two acts, but the band’s energy was undeniable. La Dispute has racked up a ton of fans as well as accolades since forming in 2004, all well deserved. Singer Jordan Dreyer literally never stops moving. Never. Stops. Moving. Shuffling and strutting across the stage, such passion in his voice. At various times he jumped into the crowd where kids grabbed onto him and screamed every word at the top of their lungs. It was pretty amazing to see.

Finally taking the stage after these three incredible bands was Thrice. The crowd started chanting their name long before they came out, and as soon as they stepped out into the lights the place erupted. Ripping into one of their stellar new tracks, “Yellow Belly,” it was clear to see that they were as ready to play these songs live as everyone was to hear them. At times during this song the crowd singing drowned out Dustin Kensrue’s voice. It was clear that everyone was pretty well versed in the new album. Next up from Beggars was “The Weight” followed by another new song, “Promises.” They kept the set list to mostly Beggars and the new album Major/Minor but about half way through they pulled out “Silhouette” and “Cold Cash, Colder Hearts” from the fan favorite album, Artist in the Ambulance. To say that the place exploded when these songs came on would be the understatement of the year. It was incredible.

Live, Thrice sounds bigger than the 4 guys creating the music. The passion in Dustin’s voice while he sings these songs that mean so much to all of us is something that everyone can feel. Teppei and Dustin trade guitar licks back and forth. And the Breckenridge brothers, Ed and Riley keep everything moving along nicely. It is easy to see that Thrice love their fans, and they love playing music. The new song “Words in the Water” and the slightly older one, “Circles” sound gorgeous live. They may have started out as a hardcore band but over the years Thrice have shown themselves to be much more than any label put on them. Before coming back for an encore they closed out the set with the powerful “The Earth Will Shake” and the equally powerful new “Anthology.” The band left the stage and returned shortly while the crowd chanted “Encore!!!” and quite an Encore it was. I don’t think anyone expected what came next. The one two punch of “Phoenix Ignition” and “To Awake and Avenge The Dead.” These songs from their first two albums sounded amazing, even now. Fast, loud and pretty perfect. They definitely played these songs for the crowd but at one point the guys all looked at each other with the biggest smiles, clearly they were enjoying this blast from the past as well.

Thrice is my favorite band and everytime I see them play I reminded why. I don’t think there has been another band like them in a long time. Able to go from straight up metal to hauntingly delicate in the next breath, it is amazing to see. I can honestly say I don’t think I have seen an overall better night of music in a long time. There were no filler bands on this tour. Every band brought something amazing to the table and every band left an impression on all of us. If you have the chance to check this tour out you should absolutely be there.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos


Moving Mountains

La Dispute


04 Sep

Thrice will be releasing their seventh studio album, Major/Minor, on September 20th with an early vinyl LP release set for this Tuesday September 6th. The band released a lyric video for “Promises” on Vimeo recently. Download the lead single “Yellow Belly” for free now here.

Pre-order your copy of Major/Minor now at and catch the band on tour this fall (dates below)

Sep 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct 01 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 03 – Dallas, TX – The Door
Oct 04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Oct 07 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Oct 08 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
Oct 09 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Theater
Oct 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Oct 12 – Richmond, VA – The National
Oct 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Oct 15 – Towson, MD – Recher Theater
Oct 16 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Oct 18 – Boston, MA – Royale
Oct 19 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Oct 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Oct 22 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Oct 23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 26 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 27 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Oct 28 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 29 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Oct 30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Nov 01 – Magna, UT – SaltAir
Nov 03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
Nov 04 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov 05 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Nov 06 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Nov 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
Nov 09 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov 11 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

04 Sep

Brand New are gearing up for the release of their new full-length album, Daisy, out September 22nd, featuring the first single “At The Bottom.” The album, which promises to be another boundry breaking assault, is the follow-up to The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, an album that earned critical acclaim from SPIN, Blender, NY Times, LA Times and Billboard, among others.

With The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, and early works Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu already in the books of Brand New’s storied career; the band is set to take fans down another path with their defiant new album, Daisy. The new record features a collection of songs produced by longtime friend Mike Sapone and mixed by Dave Sardy (Rage Against the Machine, Cold War Kids, Slayer). Brand New continues to break the mold and, in true Brand New form, they delve into new musical territory that will astonish both critics and fans alike.

In support of their forthcoming album, the band will embark on an extensive tour across the United States culminating in an epic headlining performance at Nassau Coliseum on November 28th in Uniondale, NY. The band will be joined by a slew of distinguished guest artists they handpicked to share this special occasion with them, including a performance by friends and fellow Long Islanders Glassjaw. Other stops on the tour will also feature Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, and Crime In Stereo among others.

For the latest news, information, and tour dates for Brand New, visit or or and to keep up with the band at all times, follow them on twitter @BrandNewStreet.

09.16.09 Puyallup, WA Puyallup Fair and Events Center
10.01.09 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
10.02.09 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
10.03.09 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
10.04.09 St Paul, MN Myth Nightclub
10.06.09 St Louis, MO The Pageant
10.07.09 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
10.08.09 Denver, CO The Fillmore
10.09.09 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Palace Convention Center
10.13.09 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10.15.09 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena & Convention Center
10.16.09 San Jose, CA Event Center @ SJ State U
10.17.09 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
10.18.09 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
10.20.09 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10.21.09 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10.22.09 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
10.23.09 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
10.25.09 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
10.26.09 Austin, TX Emo’s
10.27.09 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
10.29.09 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
10.30.09 Dallas, TX The Palladium Ballroom
10.31.09 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
11.01.09 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Experience
11.03.09 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11.04.09 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11.05.09 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
11.06.09 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11.07.09 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
11.09.09 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
11.10.09 Richmond, VA The National
11.11.09 Baltimore, MD Sonar
11.13.09 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
11.14.09 Philly, PA Electric Factory
11.15.09 Philly, PA Electric Factory
11.17.09 Boston, MA House of Blues
11.18.09 Boston, MA House of Blues
11.20.09 Montreal, Quebec Olympia De Montreal
11.21.09 Toronto, Ontario Kool Haus
11.22.09 Toronto, Ontario Kool Haus
11.24.09 Rochester, NY Dome Arena
11.25.09 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theater
11.28.09 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

14 Oct

Rise Against came through the NY area last night for the first of two sold out shows at Roseland Ballroom in NY. Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem and Thrice supported. Here are some videos from the show. The Perv hopes to have some up for you as well as The Perv will be attending tonight’s show.

Swing Life Away

Swing Life Away (diff angle)

Give It All

Hero Of War


Chamber The Cartridge

Collapse (Post Amerika)

State Of The Union


Re-Education (Through Labor)

Prayer of the Refugee

Alkaline Trio – Calling All Skeletons (the recorder’s camera was close to the speakers so watch your volume while listening to this)

Thrice – Firebreather (the recorder’s camera was close to the speakers so watch your volume while listening to this)

04 Oct

The Audio Perv is a big fan of this tour which is coming to the NY area on October 13th and 14th. Here are some videos of Rise Against and Thrice from the first stop on their tour which brought them to Time Warner in Cleveland, Ohio. We are very excited and looking to be enjoying a heavy buzz at Roseland Ballroom. See you guys there. Enjoy the videos.

Swing Life Away

Ready to Fall

The Good Left Undone

Hero of War (acoustic)

Hero of War (diff angle)

Thrice covering Helter Skelter

30 Sep

This past weekend in Arizona, the local radio station 103.9 KEDJ The EDGE had their annual EDGEFEST concert with a weird mix of rock and crappy rock and DJs. Rise Against, The Kooks, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Mickey Avalon and Paul Oakenfold played and more.

You can see a bunch of pics here and read all about it here or here.

I have videos for you below. There’s one of Alkaline Trio playing their single “Help Me” but the douche who uploaded it (thanks for uploading, f you for not sharing) has disabled embedding. So go here to watch it.

If you wanna see a sideshow of hot chicks from the show, go here. Enjoy the videos after the pics of some of the hot chicks

Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee


Thrice – Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)

NOFX – Don’t Call Me White

29 Jul

Go herefor a message from Rise Against about their upcoming tour. Here are the dates:

October 02nd Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
October 03rd Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
October 06th Worcester, MA – Palladium
October 08th Wallingford, CT – Chevrolet Theatre
October 09th Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory
October 11th Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
October 12th Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
October 13th New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
October 16th Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
October 19th Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
October 20th Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 21st Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing
October 22nd Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater
October 23rd Orlando, FL – House of Blues
October 26th Austin, TX – Austin City Music Hall
October 27th Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
November 04th Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
November 08th Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
November 09th Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Arena
November 11th Magna, UT – Salt Air Theatre
November 12th Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
November 13th Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
November 14th Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
November 16th St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
November 17th Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
November 18th Minneapolis, MN – Myth
November 20th Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
November 22nd Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
November 23rd Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

18 Jul

Rise Against are droppin their new album on October 7th. They’re also going to be touring this fall with Alkaline Trio, Thrice, and The Gaslight Anthem. I like a total of two songs out of those three other bands. Oh well. Go here for more news and check out Prayer Of The Refugee from the Download Festival a few weeks back.