Thrice/The Bronx/Teenage Wrist – North Seventh Philly – 10/6/18
Review and Pictures: Tara Lakatos
Thrice brought their Palms tour to North Seventh Philly (formerly The Electric Factory) on October 6, 2018. They brought along the explosive, The Bronx and new comers Teenage Wrist. This concert went from a bit underwhelming, to a fiery rage, to pure smolder.
First up for the night was Teenage Wrist out of Los Angeles. They recently released their debut album “Chrome Neon Jesus” on Epitaph Records. Their sound is a blend of grunge and pop punk, I hadn’t heard of them before this show so I didn’t know what to expect. The band is comprised of Marshall Gallagher (vocals, guitar), Kamtin Mohager (vocals, bass), and Anthony Salazar (drums).
Their set was a bit underwhelming, I love new music and new bands but these guys need a little bit of polish. Their songs all sounded similar even though Marshall and Kamtin traded off vocals on different songs. Marshall was a much better vocalist, Kamtin was off key most of time and clearly auto-tuned in the recording which I listened to after the show.
The music itself was good but the songs blended into one another for me, leaving the show a bit flat. I believe as they get more experience that they will excel; most of the mechanics were there, but the edges were all a little rough.
Next up, The Bronx. This band blew the roof off, set the stage on fire, and performed from the center of a mosh pit. Bronx are ironically out of Los Angeles and have been on the punk rock scene since 2002. They are comprised of Matt Caughthran (vocals), Joby Ford (guitar), Ken Horne (guitar), Brad Magers (bass), and recently acquired Joey Castillo (drums).
They are out supporting their 2017 release “The Bronx (V)”. The Bronx opened their set with “The Unholy Hand” off their 2013 release “IV”, this song is fast, rocking and will probably get you a speeding ticket if you listen to it in the car. Matt’s vocals are a little different, kind of spoken, but sung. This melded perfectly with the normal punk distortion of the guitars, and the fast beat by the rhythm section. Their second song, “Sore Throat”, ramped up the pace and sent the crowd into a mosh pit frenzy. The styling of the song reminds me of something Jack White would have written 10 years ago.
About two-thirds into their set Matt jumped the rail and went into the crowd. A circle pit formed around him and he proceeded to perform 3 songs from the floor, in the middle of the mosh pit, I’ve never seen anything like it. It was amazing to watch from the balcony, there was so much energy and even though the crowd was pretty rowdy they all watched out for the artist and made sure he wasn’t bumped during his performance. The Bronx were a complete breath of fresh air that literally set the venue ablaze. Thrice had a very hard act to follow.
Last but not least, Thrice. The band is comprised of Dustin Kensrue (vocals, guitar), Teppei Teranishi (guitar), Eddie Breckenridge (bass, synth), and Riley Breckenridge (drums).
They formed in Irvine, California in 1998 and released 8 albums up to 2011 when they announced that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. The band reformed in 2015 and released a killer album “To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere” in 2016. Their first single “Black Honey” dominated the rotation on Sirius XM’s Octane for a good part of the year. This June, they announced that they were signed to Epitaph Records and released a new album “Palms” shortly after.
Thrice opened up with a new track, “Only Us”. The song hangs on a dramatic build, as each band member is held back in the pocket for the first 45 seconds of the song. This song started off with a persistent bass beat and then their distinctive synth came in. Dustin’s vocals crept in as Riley quietly tapped the cymbals. Next up was “Image of the Invisible” from 2005’s “Vheissu”, this song, unlike the previous one, hits you right from the start with a punk drum beat and rough vocals unlike the silky smooth vocals on “Only Us”. What I was not expecting was security tapping my shoulders because crowd surfers were coming over into the photo pit. There was such a contrast in energy between the two songs; this band has definitely lived a few lifetimes during their career. Going back even further they hit on “The Artist in the Ambulance” from 2013. This track was a total punk rock anthem; it really kept the energy infused into the crowd.
Thrice mixed up their set list for the remainder of the night. They played some of their newer tracks that everyone sang along with including: “Hurricane”, “The Grey” and “Black Honey”. Thrice has really made a resurgence since their hiatus. The newer songs, while styled a bit differently than their older ones, have breathed new life into the band. Whether the songs were new or 15 years old, they played them with enthusiasm and the crowd responded with a ton of praise. The only negative from my perspective was the lack of lighting on the band. This seems to be a current trend, and as a photographer it makes my job next to impossible. As a concert goer, I really enjoy seeing the band and not just the illusion that they are there somewhere in the dark.
This concert was great overall, and was highlighted by the insane energy of The Bronx and the stellar performance of Thrice. Thrice has a few tour dates stateside through the end of the year and they head down under to Australia in February. Since their new album is only a few months old they will be out touring for quite awhile, catch them when they come to a city near you.