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August 5, 2011
US Open of Surfing, Pac Sun Stage
Dustin Kensrue's acoustic strums seem like a good soundtrack to the lively and carefree party that is the US Open of Surfing. The Huntington Beach pier and Pacific Ocean waves framed Kensrue's performance perfectly Friday afternoon and his music just seemed to fit.
However, those who took the time to step away from the hustle of the crowds and sit on a grass hill heard a more somber side of his songs that the casual passerby might have missed. He sang of heroin, broken women and a prodigal son through a deep, soulful voice.
Through these tough lyrics a beauty shined through, as is often the case in folk music. "There's something about it that people can really relate to," Kensrue said of folk. "[It's] the music of the people." He's most known for his work as the singer and lyricist of Irvine's Thrice. In 2006 he released a solo album comprised of nine acoustic-driven songs carried by the weight of lyrics than Thrice's strong melodies.
Kensrue sat down with The Weekly after his performance on the Pac Sun stage. Read more from our interview, and check out a video of a new Thrice song, after the jump.More »