What’s in store for us in 2020? Many, many things… and among those many things we will see THRICE return to the City of Sin on February 27, 2020 for their 15th anniversary tour for the album, Vheissu. (Pronounced ‘vee-sue) Supporting Thrice on this tour are mewithoutyou, Drug Church (who played at Punk Rock Bowling 2019), and Holy Fawn. It’s crazy to think that album was released that long ago. Well, at least I hope I’m not the only one who remembers 2005 and forgets that we’re headed into 2020. Now that I feel old as fuck, lets get into it!
Who are Thrice, anyway? (Lets hope you’re not seriously asking that… but just incase…) Thrice are listed as an American rock band from Irvine, California. Although, I struggle with them being given that specific label. What Thrice actually are, are one of those post-hardcore bands that broke out in the late 90’s. They fit in with the likes of bands such as; Thursday, Finch, Alexisonfire; and even fans of From Autumn to Ashes or Every Time I Die could likely appreciate the experimental tones that Thrice took on for the Vheissu album. (Personally, ‘The Illusion of Safety’ was always one of my favorite post-hardcore albums, but Vheissu was difficult not to like and appreciate.)
Vheissu did however take on more of a rock vibe rather than a post hardcore vibe, so I definitely understand why the guys are listed as such now. (To me they’ll always be post-hardcore though...ha!) What separated this release from the prior released was their added use of instruments and sounds; along with an intensified atmospheric tone. The most popular single from this album, ‘Image of the Invisible’ peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The album also spent about 7 weeks on the Top 200 chart, peaking at number 15. That is pretty fucking impressive for a band with origins in the punk and post-post hardcore scene. I don’t often agree with the likes of what typically tops these kinds of charts, but it’s an amazing thing to see a band like this on them.
Vheissu has been seen as Thrice’s most successful album, as well as considered one of the best post-hardcore album of the 2000’s. (Check out this bitchin’ list from Paste Magazine! It’s from 2017, but it’s still an awesome list of great bands from the 2000’s.)
How do you feel about this album being 15 years old? What do you guys think of the overall progression of Thrice’s music? I’ll tell you for sure you won’t want to miss this album anniversary tour! Thrice has packed the venues the last couple times I’ve been fortunate to see them and I don’t expect this show to be any different! Get down to Brooklyn Bowl and be ready to celebrate! See you in the pit, Vegas!
For more information about Thrice, tour dates, merch, and all those goodies, head on over to the band's OFFICIAL WEBSITE.