Punk Rock Friday: Thrice’s Top 20 Songs

Last last year, Thrice announced that they would be going on hiatus after one last tour. It was unsurprising. Dustin Kensrue, the band’s frontman, has always had a way with words, and if you listened to “Anthology” off their latest record, Major/Minor, you could tell that it was a farewell song.

I first heard Thrice in 2002 during a break from band practice when our bass player played “To Awake and Avenge the Dead.” I’d heard of them prior from a friend in Southern California who had seen them play locally (they’re from Orange County). Honestly, I didn’t really think much of the song until we got to the end. A-freakin’-mazing. Over the years, I’ve bought nearly all of the records, a rarity in the Internet Age, and been to a half-dozen or more of their shows (and yes, Amanda, you have me beat). While I don’t always agree with the altruistic nature (and in one case, conspiracy theory) of Kenrue’s lyrics, the music is just awesome.

My wife and I went to see Thrice play on Sunday in Atlanta. She’d been to the last few shows, going as far out as Texas to see them play. They ripped through 24 tunes over the course of two hours to a sell out crowd. So, in celebration of their “farewell,” here are my top 20 favorite Thrice songs.

Song Record Year Label
“To Awake and Avenge the Dead” Illusion of Safety 2002 Sub City
“The Earth Will Shake” Vheissu 2005 Island
“Silhouette” The Artist in the Ambulance 2003 Island
“Firebreather” The Alchemy Index: Volume I 2007 Vagrant
“Anthology” Major/Minor 2011 Vagrant
“The Messenger” The Alchemy Index: Volume I 2007 Vagrant
“Deadbolt” Live at the House of Blues* 2008 Vagrant
“Daedalus” The Alchemy Index: Volume III 2008 Vagrant
“The Abolition of Man” The Artist in the Ambulance 2003 Island
“Kill Me Quickly” Illusion of Safety 2002 Sub City
“The Weight” Beggars 2009 Vagrant
“Yellow Belly” Major/Minor 2011 Vagrant
“Under a Killing Moon” The Artist in the Ambulance 2003 Island
“Hold Fast Hope” Vheissu 2005 Island
“A Subtle Dagger” Illusion of Safety 2002 Sub City
“Don’t Tell and We Won’t Ask” The Artist in the Ambulance 2003 Island
“In Exile” Beggars 2009 Vagrant
“That Hideous Strength” If We Could Only See Us Now 2005 Island
“Beggars” Beggars 2009 Vagrant
“Phoenix Ignition” Identity Crisis 2001 Sub City

*”Deadbolt” originally appeared on Illusion of Safety. I just dig the live version of the song more.