Thrice / Poison the Well / Vaux

Thrice / Poison the Well / Vaux: live in Providencelive in Providence (2004)
Island Records

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This show was basically one surprise after the other. When I walked in, local act Verse was already in the middle of their set. I'd already seen the semi-melodic hardcore outfit play at the All About Records Fest last month and wasn't thrilled then, so I didn't expect much there. Maybe it was t.

This show was basically one surprise after the other.

When I walked in, local act Verse was already in the middle of their set. I'd already seen the semi-melodic hardcore outfit play at the All About Records Fest last month and wasn't thrilled then, so I didn't expect much there. Maybe it was the acoustics of the venue or something, but they actually sounded really good, inexplicably together, and definitely energized.

Soon after, Moments in Grace took the stage to bore me for the next twenty-five minutes. Previous to this, I had heard the Brian McTernan-produced EP from the band and wasn't impressed by meandering, boring emo rock. Although their performance here was a little better, it was still far from wholly good or original.

Now, I still haven't heard a single song outside of a live set by them, but after seeing them for the second time, I can certify one thing: Vaux fucking rip. The band was incredibly energetic, and the singer stormed the stage in all directions, getting the crowd up and moving. The spotlights created this ironic arena rock feel while the band's crowd interaction was still there, and the fog machine smogging the general area. The only song titles I caught were "Do It For Sixty" and "Shot in the Back," the last two off their only full-length.

Poison the Well had never done anything for me. At all. The only previous debt of gratitude I ever owed them was that the first time I saw them live was the same day I discovered Rise Against. It was just one white ball of noise, nothing more then...but last night, they actually weren't bad. Even though the growling seems a bit forced, the double-bass is cool and the set flowed well. I actually heard the melody in the music and things were set up well for the headliners.

Explaining just how Thrice played is difficult. Their chosen set list was the most fucked up order and choice I've seen a band choose, and not in a "well, at least they're not doing things people expect them to do" way. Instead of choosing a typical fast song to open things up ("Kill Me Quickly", anyone?), they started with "Silhouette." Well, okay, I guess it's a good midtempo rock tune to start out with; when they followed up with "Under a Killing Moon," it made a little more sense. They then moved to two songs off Illusion of Safety, "Kill Me Quickly" and what I remember as "Betrayal is a Symptom." A few people in the crowd nearly shit themselves when "Phoenix Ignition" was played next, with Dustin standing near the barricade leading the chant of the bridge. Unfortunately, that was the only song they played off Identity Crisis - which, frankly, is unadulterated horseshit. I know bands have hangups with playing old songs, but please...plus, it disappointed me a bit when Dustin said "that's probably one of the last times we play that." One song they played I'd never heard before, and Dustin was mumbling too incomprehensibly beforewards for me to find out what it was. It had growling verses and a melodic chorus, and a lyric along the lines of "we make these weapons" that sounded fairly political. They also played "Hideous Strength," their older Hopeless comp contribution, with Teppei's solo right on. Although they blatantly fucked up a few times during the set (notably the bridge of "Deadbolt" and the bridge-to-breakdown transition of "See You in the Shallows") it was the tightest I've seen them out of three times (please hold all obvious jokes until the end). "Stare at the Sun" got the reaction I expected it would. Their fake closer was "Cold Cash and Colder Hearts," and they came back out to play "Don't Tell and We Won't Ask" and officially closed with "To Awake and Avenge the Dead" as Dustin's voice started to go hoarse. The encore was strangely surprising considering they ended up letting their set sit void of "All That's Left" (good song, but I'm not complaining).


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Anonymous (May 13, 2004)

to the person who wrote the review, the song that u didnt know about "weapons" is a B'Side called Eclipse. and it rules. =)

Anonymous (April 8, 2004)

"Poison the well is watered down pmfs." what is pmfs?

inagreendase (April 1, 2004)

50rrY 1 d0N't bR1nG t3H m05h, d00d

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

I saw thrice in ft. Lauderdale it was honestly one of the best shows ive seen in the last couple of years again whoever does the criticism for this website is a fuckin donkey who has know taste in good music. I was in the pit the whole time. Theres not many bands that i would be in the pit the whole show for.

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

you thought the show was over? you're an idiot.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

I saw this show last night in Houston and Thrice owned, this was my 4th time seeing them.

This was definitely the longest and best set I have seen them play. This is their set from what I can remember:

Under a Killing Moon
Stare at the Sun
Kill Me Quickly
Betrayal is a Symptom
Phoenix Ignition
Artist in the Ambulance
Where Idols Once Stood
Old Song from their first EP
A Subtle Dagger
See You In The Shallows
Cold Cash and Colder Hearts
Motion Isn't Meaning
I don't know what they played, I thought the show was over.

theevilmonkey (March 29, 2004)

I like how the same guy posted twice about how much he hated this review and tried to make it seem as if he were two people. Good for you.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

Caught the Thrice tour in Ft. Lauderdale. And, maybe there's a little hometown bias here, but PTW ripped it up on this date. Someone above complained about no "Nerdy" .. well, not here. Last song they played and The Factory (good, small venue) Exploded! I honestly wasn't a big PTW fan before, either -- but damn did they rock out.

Thrice tore it up as well. I thought it was strange not having them play "All That's Left", but their set balanced it pretty well. "Under A Killing Moon" sped up, and after a few chants of "Deadbolt", it was On. Dustin and Teppei hung out after the show at the edge of the stage and talked w/fans, while the brothers chilled at sidestage, and rolled bottles of water to us sweaty pigs.

Great show. Worth my 14 bucks. It's too bad Thrice is gonna open for Dashboard on that Civic tour ... I'm sure they'll water their set down a bit as well.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

i have seen thrice more than once... but i have yet to see them snap as hard as they should playing the music they do. i guess their passion is only paper thick.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

this just might be the worst review I've ever seen on this site..... moments in grace is one of those bands that will be over everybody's head until people start to notice how good that shit is......oh yeah planes mistaken for stars rips all these bands apart you moron

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

this might just be the worst review I have ever seen on this site... i saw this same tour stop in Orlando also..... moments in grace blows away any shit you fucking dimwits might enjoy - it's possibly just over your heads right now. oh yeah, darkest hour and poison the well suck too.

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

"if you go see thrice and expect to hear that, you are a fucking moron"

they played a torch to end all torches in both rochester and cleveland on the thursday tour. you my friend, are a fucking dimwit. at least try and get your shit straight.

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

Haha Poison the Well is a watered down PMFS????? They sound NOTHING alike you idiot. Speaking of Planes Mistaken for Stars how did they get all popular all of a sudden??

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

As much as it sucks, Thrice stopped playing Identity Crisis-era songs a long time ago. I saw them two years ago (which was prior to TAITA) and the only songs off the album they played were Pheonix Ignition and Identity Crisis. They opened the set with them and that was it.
But come on...We know the song we all really want to hear is T&C...

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

poision the well puts on a good show no matter who they play with they can play with britney spears and they would still be awesome i maight lose all my respect for them but hey whatever

devildog1507 (March 28, 2004)

All 3 bands suck.....

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

of course they don't want to play phoenix iginition...they've played that song to death. don't you think they'd be sick of it?

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

that first space should say WASTE


Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

If you think Thrice are a bunch of pretensious assholes you're a fucking mongoloid space of space/food/air and you need to immediately commit suicide.

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

Damien Rice is just a watered-down Refused! How can that guy get away with such blatant plagarism?

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

The Thrice song you don't know the name to is 'Motion Isn't Meaning'... it was released on the All That's Left CDS. Reall one of the better songs from the TAITA sessions.

FortyMinutesWest (March 27, 2004)

"Poison the Well is watered down PMFS"

Have you ever listened to either band?

TJmoney (March 27, 2004)

I just got back from this show tonight...Thrice was so fuckin rad they played "Phoenix Ignition" here in Orlando too!! Poison the Well wasnt horrible here but they were so much better at warped tour...at least they played "Artists Rendering of Me" but dammit no "Nerdy." Darkest Hour was crazy and Moments in Grace have some potential.

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

"Damn that comment makes me wanna go listen to OK Computer, bye


Someone finally sees the light.
-Thom Yorke.

bryne (March 27, 2004)

I saw this show tonight, except Darkest Hour was in place of Vaux, and I thought it fucking ripped.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

"Poison the Well is watered down PMFS."

haha. what? that's just a dumb statement.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Damn that comment makes me wanna go listen to OK Computer, bye


Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

they were awesome when i saw em in jersey. vaux got repetitive, i never really got into poison the well, but i didn't think moments in grace was THAT bad. i liked that they opened with silhoette, thats a great song

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

That's such a gay trendy thing to do. "We refuse to play the song that introduced the world to our band."

See also, Radiohead.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

why don't they play all thats left? Its not their best song, but its not horrible or anything. Anybody know why this is?


Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

"Only one song from Identity Crisis is pathetic......I'd be so mad if I saw them and they didn't play "A Torch to end all torches."

if you go see thrice and expect to hear that, you are a fucking moron

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

thrice never plays all that's left. never.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Of course Vaux rips.

Minor Threat

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Only one song from Identity Crisis is pathetic......I'd be so mad if I saw them and they didn't play "A Torch to end all torches."

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Identity Crisis was their best album, they need to realize that.

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

I saw it in albany as well. It's official, moments in grace suck more ass than something that sucks a lot of ass. I don't understand all this Poison the Well hating, they were quite awesome live. Thrice was better than I expected.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

i saw this show in albany. it was ok. thankfully vaux didnt make it cause of snow, so we didnt have to sit through two opening bands that no one knows. i don't throw out opening bands just because they are openers, ive actually been very impressed with some opening bands recently, but moments in grace were downright boring. it was like they knew no one cared that they were playing and didnt bother trying to impress anyone. poison the well was decent, pretty energetic and fun. thrice, as much i love thier music, was a little disapointing. just seems like they could have put more into it. stll good to see them though.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

good review. i have heard a few vaux songs and they are good, but the songs are repetitive.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

I saw this show in Boston, MA.

Moments in Grace were ok.

Vaux fucking suck. How can you like that band? EVERY song sounds exactly the same, and the singer can't even scream.

Poison the Well is watered down PMFS.

Thrice always does a good job playing stuff from a few albums, but I agree that the order was weird.

poopypants (March 26, 2004)

i'm not much for thrice live, they seem like a bunch of pretentious assholes. yea all they ever play is phoenix ignition off that album, sometimes identity crisis. no 'all thats left' is bullshit, single or not i thought that was one of the better songs off that album.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Denali playing with Poison the Well back in November? Do you like Maura?

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