Thrice's Ed Breckenridge Remembers How His Band Built Up Anticipation for Their First Show

At this stage of things, Thrice has survived a couple of generations of punk and hardcore fans.

A thinking-man's band since their debut ten years ago -- even that album featured a blend of hardcore, emo, electronica and full-on rock -- it's no surprise to see the group still at it. (Plus, have to say, it's nice to see drummer Riley Breckenridge serving as a columnist for sister publication, OC Weekly.)

Touring behind this year's Major/Minor release, the band hits the Prophet Bar tonight. As a little preview, bassist Ed Breckenridge was willing to share with us his first show stories, including the first time the band played the North Texas area.

What was the first show you remember seeing? Were you with your parents?
The first show I remember seeing was at a surf video premiere in my home town. The bands played directly after the video was shown. I think Pennywise, Unwritten Law and Sprung Monkey played. I was probably 11, maybe. So, 1991? I wasn't with my parents. I went with a few older friends that I would surf with regularly.

What was the first show you remember paying to see? Anything to brag about today?
Same show as above. Nothing I could really brag about, but I had an amazing time and the video premiere was for a video called "Focus," a great surf video from the early '90s.

What's the worst show you've ever seen?
Hrmmm. Not sure. It's harder to recall bad shows, I think. Probably some garbage band that was more about image than the music.

Do you remember the first Thrice show?
Absolutely. I was so, so nervous. We played at a community center battle of the bands sort of thing. We wouldn't tell our friends what we sounded like and built up this anticipation for the show. It ended up being a great time, and it was fun to surprise our friends with our music. We were pretty stiff, but I think we played alright.

What do you remember about the first time you played this area? Was it that Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios show with Samiam and Red Animal War?
Yeah, it was with Samiam. We were so lucky to be able to tour with them. Amazing dudes, really inspiring. We've been really fortunate over the years to be able to tour with some really important bands. I remember Red Animal War, too. Great times.

Thrice plays The Prophet Bar tonight.

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