Thursday was a "screamo" band from New Jersey, fronted by
screaming vocalist Geoff Rickly and featuring guitarists Steve Pedulla and Tom Keeley.
Waiting (1999) and especially Full Collapse (2001), with the catchy
Understanding in a Car Crash, Standing on the Edge of Summer
and How Long is the Night, displayed a virulent
strand of emocore, highlighted by the vocalist's passion and by a uniform mood
The somber mood of the September 11 terrorist attacks permeated
War All the Time (2003), that featured new keyboardist Andrew Everding
and pointed towards a more extroverted sound, basically transposing the
intimate angst of the first two albums into the collective psyche
(This Song Brought to You By a Falling Bomb, Division St).
Longer and more complex songs, and a shiny production, transformed the band's
sound on A City By The Light Divided (2006), separating the strands of
epos (Counting 5-4-3-2-1),
aggression (At This Velocity)
and atmosphere (Running from the Rain).
The last four songs (Telegraph Avenue Kiss, The Lovesong Writer, Into the Blinding Light, Autumn Leaves Revisited) showcased
a mature storytelling talent.
Dave Fridmann's production is the antithesis to Thursday's screamo.
While most bands become more accessible as they age, Thursday's fifth album
Common Existence (Epitaph, 2009), again produced by Dave Fridmann,
was their most difficult, both in
terms of song dynamics and in terms of instrumental scores.
It also leaned more towards the dark aspects of their music than towards the
No Devolucion (2011), their third collaboration with Fridmann, completed
the transformation from rebellious youth
to mature philosophers and eccentric arrangers:
occasionally catchy (Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart),
but mostly closer to the austere mood of post-rock
(No Answer, Stay True) and to the oneiric mood of dream-pop
(A Darker Forest).
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