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Thrice / Circa Survive / Pelican: live in Clifton Parklive in Clifton Park (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Clifton Park's Northern Lights venue was a surprisingly cozy venue for a tour I figured would be drawing bigger crowds in cities right near major universities (SUNY Albany is 20 minutes away). It was a really promising trio and each completely delivered the goods. Pelican was already ten minutes .
Clifton Park's Northern Lights venue was a surprisingly cozy venue for a tour I figured would be drawing bigger crowds in cities right near major universities (SUNY Albany is 20 minutes away). It was a really promising trio and each completely delivered the goods.
Again, though, those performances of the new songs were mostly nicely done. "Digital Sea" was a little more gritty, as the band heaped on the distortion a bit, unfortunately draining the song of much of its beauty. However, "Lost Continent" really tested Kensrue's vocal abilities and he was up to its requirements there, turning in an arresting vocal display that the song really relies upon. "Come All You Weary" matched all its tones and benefitted heartily from the live full band treatment. The Appleseed Cast-esque prettiness of "Broken Lungs" was executed with shine, but it really seemed lost on those who clearly preferred the band's heavier dynamics.
I didn't even really recognize the third song they played, which I later learned was "Flags of Dawn"; interestingly, I'd surmised at the time that it was a song off 'Air' I haven't yet fully immersed myself in. However, it's actually a B-side from Vheissu, available on the Red Sky EP.
"Trust" was the sole other pre-Ambulance song played, and it fit surprisingly well in the set. The band added a more atmospheric nature to it, almost making it seem more like a late entry in Vhiessu's sequencing.
The encore was an incredibly weird choice: two non-singles off Vhiessu, but the crowd roared in approval and "The Earth Will Shake" turned out to be a powerful closer.
Set list (9:20-10:50):
Besides everything else, a surprisingly tolerable crowd and very modestly sized venue made for an excellent show. There's still a few weeks left, so hit it up.
Photos by: Me -- check out more Thrice pictures or Pelican pictures at my Flickr page
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