Whatever else you do, Stay True.
Thursday were an Alternative Rock
band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They were one of the forefathers of the 2000s Emo
scene, credited for influencing many bands, especially The Wave
bands like La Dispute and Touché Amoré. They would later switch to a more Alternative Rock
sound with a bit of Shoegazing
and Post Rock
elements while keeping what would be their distinct sound. They unfortunately have broken up as of 2011, after releasing what some fans believed to be their Magnum Opus
, No Devolución
After splitting ways, members have joined other side projects while Geoff Rickly has toured solo (with some help from backing members and friends). He released his first mixtape (read: EP)
in November 2012.
- Geoff Rickly - vocals
- Steve Pedulla - guitar
- Tom Keeley - guitar
- Tim Payne - bass guitar
- Tucker Rule - drums
- Andrew Everling - keyboards (post-War All the Time)
- Waiting (1999)
- Full Collapse (2001)
- War All the Time (2003)
- A City by the Light Divided (2006)
- Common Existence (2009)
- No Devolución (2011)
- Five Stories Falling (EP, 2002)
- Kill the House Lights (Rarities compilation, 2007)
- Thursday/Envy Split (EP 2008)
Thursday contains examples for the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: The topic of "Time's Arrow".
- Album Title Drop: The title of Common Existence can be heard in the closing track "You Were the Cancer".
- Broken Record: Repeated at the end of "Last Call":
"Everything is falling apart."
- Careful With That Axe: Very often. From Geoff, backing band members, or guest vocalists (either Tim from Rise Against or Tom Schlatter from You and I).
- Call Back: "The Other Side of the Crash" tells of another viewpoint of "Understanding in a Car Crash".
- Cover Version: They had quite a few, including Negative Approach's "Evacuate", Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love" among others.
- Crapsack World: The setting in "Paris In Flames" and "Autobiography of a Nation."
- Creator Breakdown: They have stated to have come close to breaking up dozens of times. It was particularly bad after they wrapped up recording for War All the Time, but decided to stay together after touring like it was their last run.
- "Turnpike Divides" was written about Geoff's divorce.
- Day of the Week Name
- Downer Ending: "i1100", the outro to Full Collapse.
- Driven to Suicide: Many of their lyrics revolve around the concept of suicide, and their experiences with loved ones who fell to this. One line in "War All the Time" talks about one of their friend's older brother who fell off a cliff.
- Executive Meddling: A big reason they decided to jump ship from Victory Records to a major (Island) was because they resented a lot of the decisions their label made without their consent, from cutting out lyrics from the artwork to cut cost to designing "Thursday whoopie cushions" with an intent to sell at Warped Tour.
- Though not as bad but to a lesser extent, Island Records.
- Grief Song: Geoff wrote "Standing on the Edge of Summer" about his dying grandmother.
- Joisey: The band is from New Brunswick. As you can tell from their lyrics, they're not very fond of their hometown. Especially evident in "Dying in New Brunswick" and "Counting 5-4-3-2-1".
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: "Fuck You, I'm In Space" and "Hide From the Orchestra", two fan favorites made only available on limited fanclub vinyl. Only low-quality rips of both songs are floating on the net.
- Literary Allusion Title: The band, consisting of literature fans, has a lot of references in their lyrics. One of them, War All the Time is named after a Charles Bukowski poem.
- Madness Mantra: The end of "Into the Blinding Light".
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: ranges from 6 to 7, with some songs going as low as 3 ("Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart").
- New Sound Album: started with A City by the Light Divided. Their transformation would reach the apex with No Devolución.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: mostly evident in Waiting and No Devolución
- Shout-Out: The band, big fans of Joy Division, have made many allusions to the band, naming one of their early songs after their iconic vocalist, "Ian Curtis". Also, "Love Has Led Us Astray".
Love has torn us apart!
- Spoken Word In Music: Geoff loves to do this a lot. One of many examples in "Paris In Flames":
Here in this collapsed lung of a borough
There is no sunlight
The sunlight is manufactured in a windowless room
Distant and incoherent businessmen hang themselves.
- Waiting's closing track "Where the Circle Ends" is just Geoff rehearsing a long poem set to the rest of the band playing.
- Surreal Music Video: "Signals Over the Air", "Cross Out the Eyes"
- Take That, Critics!: "Stay True":
"Disregard the critics' praise, they'll be the first to tell the news that you've sold your soul."
- Title Track: War All the Time. Common Existence also has one, but it's been reduced as a B-side.
- Uncommon Time: "Steps Ascending" is still a 4/4 song, but switches up to 7/8 time in the middle of the song.