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Thursday

A significant player in the early 21st century's post-hardcore scene, Thursday formed in 1997 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Led by vocalist Geoff Rickly, the band's initial lineup also included bassist Tim Payne, drummer Tucker Rule, and guitarists Steve Pedulla and Tom Keeley. After issuing their debut, 1999's Waiting, through the New York-based indie label Eyeball Records, the band signed to Chicago's influential Victory label for 2001's Full Collapse. Tours alongside Boy Sets Fire and Sparta helped support the album, which cracked the Billboard 200 at number 178. Thursday's frequent gigging and furious passion fueled a grassroots response, and by 2002 the band was on the main stage of the Warped Tour and enjoying MTV support for the single "Understanding in a Car Crash."

Thursday signed to Island Records in the wake of their breakthrough success, although they issued the 2002 live EP Five Stories Falling through Victory as a placeholder for their impending major-label debut. The ambitious song arc of War All the Time arrived in September 2003 and was met with considerable critical acclaim for its ruminations on 9/11, its personal lyrics, and a wildly shifting, kitchen-sink approach to pensive post-hardcore. Having played keyboards on the album, Andrew Everding was later added as a full-time member. Extensive touring behind the record took its toll on the band, however, as tensions between members and personal problems mounted. Rickly was additionally diagnosed with epilepsy, and allergic reactions to his medication eventually culminated in a grisly scene in May 2004, during the band's performance at California's Coachella Festival. Thursday's set was cut short as Rickly began coughing up blood and was unable to continue. After he recovered, the bandmates returned to the road for a full U.K. tour. Although still unhappy, Thursday felt a responsibility to finish out their existing tour commitments, with that summer's Warped to be their final run.

Issues between the bandmembers gradually abated during the festival's run, however, as Thursday found themselves having more fun playing than ever. The lineup decided to stick together. First taking some time off for themselves, the reenergized musicians then headed back into the studio with producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Mogwai). A City by the Light Divided, "the album that almost never was," appeared in May 2006, followed by a tour supporting both the album and the Shirts for a Cure organization. Thursday parted ways with Island Records in early 2007 and canceled the majority of their tour dates, but not before recording two live performances in New Jersey. Portions of the footage were made available on Kill the House Lights, a retrospective CD/DVD package released by Victory Records in October 2007.

Thursday's next project was a split album with the Japanese band Envy that arrived in late 2008. That same year also saw the band inking a new deal with Epitaph Records. Reprising their relationship with producer Fridmann, Thursday retreated to the studio to record Common Existence, which melded their post-hardcore swagger with new elements of indie rock and new wave. Common Existence was released by Epitaph in early 2009, and Thursday joined the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour in support of the project. In 2010, the group went into the studio to start work on a new album with Fridmann at his Tarbox Road Studio. Their sixth studio album, No Devolución, was released the following year.

Months later, in November 2011, Thursday announced they were going on hiatus, which Rickly eventually confirmed in 2013 as an official disbandment. Despite the break, the band reissued a remastered version of its debut, Waiting, in 2015 on Rickly's Collect Records label. Five years after the group's dissolution, Thursday's social media sites began dropping clues to fans, sparking rumors that they were back. Indeed, Thursday announced their official reunion in March 2016. ~ Johnny Loftus & Corey Apar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: No Devolucion

1. Fast To The End

2. No Answers

3. A Darker Forest

4. Sparks Against The Sun

5. Open Quotes

6. Past And Future Ruins

7. Magnets Caught In A Metal Heart

8. Empty Glass

9. A Gun In The First Act

10. Millimeter

11. Turnpike Divides

12. Stay True

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Track List: Common Existence

1. Resuscitation Of A Dead Man

2. Last Call

3. As He Climbed The Dark Mountain

4. Friends In The Armed Forces

5. Beyond The Visible Spectrum

6. Time's Arrow

7. Unintended Long Term Effects

8. Circuits Of Fever

9. Subway Funeral

10. Love Has Led Us Astray

11. You Were The Cancer

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Track List: A City By The Light Divided

1. The Other Side Of The Crash / Over And Out (Of Control)

2. Counting 5-4-3-2-1

3. Sugar In The Sacrament

4. At This Velocity

5. We Will Overcome

6. Arc-Lamps, Signal Flares, A Shower Of White (The Light)

7. Running From The Rain

8. Telegraph Avenue Kiss

9. The Lovesong Writer

10. Into The Blinding Light

11. Autumn Leaves Revisited

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Track List: War All the Time

1. For the Workforce, Drowning

2. Between Rupture And Rapture

3. Division St.

4. Signals Over The Air

5. Marches And Maneuvers

6. Asleep In The Chapel

7. This Song Brought To You By A Falling Bomb

8. Steps Ascending

9. War All The Time

10. M. Shepard

11. Tomorrow I'll Be You

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Track List: Full Collapse

1. A0001

2. Understanding In A Car Crash

3. Concealer

4. Autobiography Of A Nation

5. A Hole In The World

6. Cross Out The Eyes

7. Paris In Flames

8. I Am The Killer

9. Standing On The Edge Of Summer

10. Wind-Up

11. How Long Is The Night

12. I1100

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Track List: Waiting

1. Porcelain

2. This Side Of Brightness

3. Ian Curtis

4. Introduction

5. Streaks In The Sky

6. In Transmission

7. Dying In New Brunswick

8. The Dotted Line

9. Where The Circle Ends

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Track List: Waiting: The 15-Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition

1. Porcelain

2. This Side Of Brightness

3. Ian Curtis

4. Intro

5. Streaks In The Sky

6. In Transmission

7. Dying In New Brunswick

8. The Dotted Line

9. Where The Circle Ends

10. This Side Of Brightness (Demo)

11. Dying In New Brunswick (Demo)

12. Mass As Shadows

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xbradkx
Still remember the first time I heard Full Collapse on a camping trip with friends in 2000. We were all in 10th or 11th grade....Oh man, how and why do those good times go by so fast? Thursday always brings up memories and feelings of some of the most fun and exciting times of my life....Than k you for keeping the memories alive Thursday!
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@loubro2006 I definitely know that he was involved in a skramz band called United Nations, but that's all I really know.
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loubro2006
Besides No Devotion, what other side projects does Geoff has or had?
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I have a cool story about this band, let me know if anyone wants to hear it!
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kc01000101
OMG do these guys suck
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I'm prob one of the biggest Thursday fans there is. Always in my car on repeat since 2002
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Love this band. So many awesome memories buried in many of their songs, for me.
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theaudi
Such a great band! I saw them with Millencolin in SLC many years ago. the years sure do tick by
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Good Friday
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Come play Starland again =< Was glad to catch Geoff live solo though
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One of the best bands!
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This has been my favorite band since the year 2000
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Wow, I haven't heard anything off of this album for years!
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animeishdwar f 3
Catch Geoff Rickley live if you can.
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freshrawchao s k i d 7
I Love thursday !!!
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Who loves Thursday?
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How come they don't have this version on iTunes only acoustic, love this version much more
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freshrawchao s k i d 7
Love this song !
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@pandaking that's so f**king sad
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Just heard this band today. Wish I heard them a LONG time ago :(
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Awesome band, wish they et back together and play in San Antonio!!!
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I freaking love this band I miss these memories I had playing Thursday loud as f
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One of the coolest f**king bands everr
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Love them hope they get back together been my favorite band forever
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Ur right claudia I love them u kno they split right???
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THURSDAY, I remember how i would replay this CD album and over and over... i never got tired...OMG and them lyrics!
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blockheadeig h t y
I wish my lawn was emo. Then it would cut itself.
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CLOSE BUT FRIDAY IS FISH DAY
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jblackjr
so sad these guys are calling it quits. top 5 all time band for me. can't wait to see them one last time in just a few days!
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One of the best bands ever!
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Their sound and style is so genuine. Thursday is a band that has never sold out and has never played to all the hype of the current emo movement. True post-hardcor e fans will always give bands like Thursday the most credit.
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morganafate
Don't you hate it when somebody talks crap about a band and doesn't even have the nerve to have a public profile?
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patoneal
Amazing band...Geoff , always a good frontman, is getting better in the vocal department when they play live. I saw them about 5 years ago in Milwaukee, let's just say he sounds a tad more in key on the albums than live! BUT, saw then with Dillinger and wow, can you say a 180? He even made a joke about it and said, "I was known as Tone-Deaf Geoff." Well, he got much-much better. "Procelin" remains one of the greatest rock songs out there. Boo-yah!
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Thursday is beyond amazing. Full Collapse and War All The Time are kick a**. Geoff Rickly is a genius.
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phantomopera r o x
Thursday= great awesomeness and like omg THEY WRITE THEIR OWN STUFF-how rare that is! They don't use auto tune. Thursday is TRUE TO FORM! keep rockin' Thursday! I love "The Lovesong Writer"
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daniel.lebla n c 8 8
ONCE AGAIN....THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN THIS BAND'S NAME IS ITS MUSIC. THIS IS TERRIBLE.
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used to listen to waiting and full collapse alot
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I LOVE FRIDAYS
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Always been one of my favorites since high school. Had a huge influence on the way my band sounds. And the new album? Awesome. Back to the Full Collapse days. THURSDAY everyday.
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I LOVE THURSDAY!!!
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full collapse = <3
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I will always love Thursday
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best band ever keep doing it
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mingliss514
they have great instrumental s but i wish they would stop singing..
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waiting is the best album.
i listen to it whenever im having a hard time.
its soooo good.
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Very catchy band.

I like them
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king_miz7
A City By the Light Divided/Kill the House Lights are my two biggest disappointme n t s , sub-par following there previous CDs
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Full Collapse was probably my favorite release during my high school days... outside of De-Loused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta.
It was incredibly original and passionate for the time, but unfortunatel y they ended up getting sucked into the ever-increas i n g deluge of "emo-core" groups.
Thursday's newer music is still better than 90% of the stuff out there in that genre, but they definitely lost a bit of their edge.
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superfreak91 4
thursday's always a good day :)
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To agree with freakshow down there there early music up to war all the time is by far the greatest sampling of their RAW talent the lyrics to their songs are like stories unto their own the rythyms and vocals ... could you find any better. The new stuff i havent really gotten into (not that i dont like it) but they are growing as a band guess i just like their earlier stuff. But all together great band great music great addition to any music library
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