Sometimes, concerts are a sensory overload because the stage is too cluttered with visual art, crazy pyrotechnics, animation or props to focus on the music. I think the best kind of show happens when the stage is made up merely of the band members and their instruments, and the intricacies of the well-crafted music is allowed to really shine.--- That was my experience at the Thrice show at Saltair on Tuesday night, which was part of a tour in support of their new album, Major/Minor.
Thrice played an incredibly strong set that started with their newest material and worked backward through their entire musical catalogue, to the delight of the huge crowd of devoted fans. With hardly an introduction, Thrice opened the night with the searing "Yellow Belly" from the new record. They followed that with "The Weight," from 2009's Beggars, and "Promises," another new song, which was an obvious crowd favorite. I've been to shows where the frontman had to coax the crowd to participate; that was far from the case here. The crowd reacted to each song in unison, all led by singer Dustin Kensrue's quiet charisma. Next, they played "All the World is Mad" and "In Exile," both from Beggars, and Kensrue's powerful voice hit every note perfectly, especially during the soaring choruses. I was happy they played one of my favorite songs off Major/Minor, "Call It in the Air."
It doesn't matter if you'd never seen Thrice live before this show. They played such a diverse collection of their songs that this concert felt like every amazing show Thrice has ever played, rolled into one dynamic, powerful night.
For a review of Major/Minor, click here. (All photos by Brandon McConnell.)