The bright lights of the Las Vegas casinos are a lure. Whether it’s gambling or entertainment that brings you to town, you’re sure to find plenty of it. 3 Southern California bands added themselves to the Vegas show potpourri by gracing the stage of the House Of Blues.

One of Epitaph Records’ newest signings was up first. Teenage Wrist brought their style of alternative rock to the desert. Promoting their debut album Chrome Neon Jesus, the band already had heads nodding along. I’ve seen Teenage Wrist in much smaller venues and I know they feed off the energy of the crowd. And while that Vegas audience was a tough sale, the band sounded excellent.

 Up next was the Bronx. From previous shows, I knew what to expect: fast, energetic punk rock. Even with their engaging performance, the audience still looked disconnected (and I’m completely throwing out the fact that the stage is about a mile high). Unhappy with the situation, vocalist Matt Caughthran jumped out into the audience and continued the set from the center of the crowd. A circle pit formed around him and suddenly the audience felt alive. Caughthran returned to the stage but eventually came back to the floor to keep the audience going.

Thrice came on to close out the night. Armed with a plethora of songs to perform, they gave the audience a very diverse set. This, of course, included songs from their newest Epitaph Records release, Palms. The new songs were treated like old favorites by the die-hard fans who came out to sing every word to every song. While certain songs fit the flavor of the general audience better, it didn’t seem to phase Thrice. Over the course of the 17 years I’ve been a fan, they’ve always given consistent performances – Tons of energy, high musical talent, and connecting with their fans. Whether it’s a room of 200 or 2000, Thrice will perform at the peak of their abilities.

Many thanks to Felicia for setting me up for this show!