Fox Theater in Pomona
July 17, 2010
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Pomona was literally and figuratively the hottest place to be on Saturday. After baking in a brick oven to catch a fiery debut performance of One Day As A Lion at Aladdin Jr, I stumbled across the street seeking the cool refuge of air conditioning at the Fox Theater for a sold out show with Thrice. It didn't stay cool too long, as the masses of humanity on the floor started to swirl once Thrice hit the stage.
The throbbing bass line of "All The World Is Mad," from their latest album Beggars, ignited the crowd. Tension started to build with the paranoia infused guitars of "The Weight." As if things couldn't get any crazier, "The Artist In The Ambulance" forced me to watch out for the crowd surfers storming over the barricade while I was photographing the band.
Teppei Teranishi worked his guitar magic on the swirling riff of "Of Dust and Nations" while brothers Eddie and Riley Breckenridge held down the bass and drums, respectively. "Firebreather" was nothing short of being the most ferocious tune of the evening with Eddie's Gibson ripper bass clogging most of the frequencies in your ear canals. Dustin Kensrue was on point whether he was screaming or covering the melodic parts of songs.
After the searing post apocalyptic scorch of "The Messenger," Thrice downshifted the tempo to "A Song For Milly Michaelson" but managed to keep a firm grip of the audience. Teranishi switched over to a Nord Electro keyboard to dial up some Rhoades keyboard sounds for "Circles." Everyone started to clap as Kensrue encouraged everyone to move during "Doublespeak." Things quickly shifted back into a higher gear with the detuned sludge of the raging bull riff to "Blood Clots and Black Holes."
"Silhouette" had the crowd emphatically screaming "Your Eyes!!" as Kensrue visually acted out the lyrics when he sang "Slit My Throat!" "Image of The Invisible" was another immensely loud sing along as members of the opening bands stormed the stage to assist on background vocals and throw water out into the crowd.
For the encore, Thrice unleashed their cover of the Beatles "Helter Skelter" followed by the title track "Beggars." The audience still refused to leave even though the house lights were turned on. Thrice could have played all night if the audience had their way. Although Pomona was as close to home as they played on this leg of the tour, one can only hope for a proper Orange County homecoming show before they head back to the recording studio.
A triplet of opening bands provided something for everyone before Thrice hit the stage. The Dig reminded me of a harder rocking Helio Sequence. Bad Veins were a dynamic duo mixing a blend of fuzz and keyboards with a high energy drum assault. Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band won over the crowd with their anthemic jangle crunch.
Crowd: A mix of folks in their 20s to 30s who probably saw Thrice at Chain Reaction back in the day.
Overheard In The Crowd: The lyrics to every Thrice song. Everyone was singing along throughout the entire show.
Random Notebook Dump: It was a long evening with the doors opening at 6:30 and the show ending close to 11:30.
"All The World Is Mad"
"The Artist In The Ambulance"
"Of Dust And Nations"
"The Earth Will Shake"
"A Song For Milly Michaelson"
"Blood Clots and Black Holes"
"Come All You Weary"
"Image of the Invisible"
"To Awake and Avenge the Dead"