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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Understanding in a Car
  3.   Cross Out the Eyes
  4.   For the Workforce, Drowning
  5.   War All the Time
  6.   Signals Over the Air
  7.   Wind-Up
  8.   Resuscitation of a Dead Man by Tim McIlrath
  9.   Autumn Leaves Revisited
  10.   This Song Brought to You By a Falling Bomb
  11.   Fake Nostalgia
  12.   A Gun in the First Act
  13.   Past and Future Ruins
  14.   Last Call
  15.   Empty Glass
  16.   A Darker Forest
  17.   A Hole in the World
  18.   Time's Arrow
  19.   Subway Funeral
  20.   Love Has Led Us Astray
  21.   Circuits of Fever
  22.   Steps Ascending
  23.   Asleep in the Chapel
  24.   Between Rupture and Rapture
  25.   The Dotted Line
  26.   Streaks in the Sky
  27.   Marches and Maneuvers
  28.   You Were the Cancer
  29.   Into The Blinding Light
  30.   The Worst Vow
  31.   We Will Overcome
  32.   Turnpike Divides
  33.   Unintended Long Term Effects
  34.   A0001
  35.   Open Quotes
  36.   Fast to the End
  37.   In Silence
  38.   Appeared and Was Gone
  39.   An Umbrella Fallen into Fiction by Envy
  40.   An Absurd and Unrealistic Dream of Peace
  41.   Beyond the Visible Spectrum
  42.   Music from Kill the House Lights
  43.   The Roar of Far Off Black Jets
  44.   Panic on the Streets of Health Care City
  45.   A Sketch for Time's Arrow
  46.   Voices on a String
  47.   Dead Songs
  48.   Ladies and Gentlemen: My Brother, The Failure
  49.   Telegraph Avenue Kiss
  50.   Running From The Rain
  51.   At This Velocity
  52.   Sugar in the Sacrament
  53.   Counting 5-4-3-2-1
  54.   I Wanna Hear Another Fast Song
  55.   Ever Fallen in Love
  56.   Tomorrow I'll Be You
  57.   Division St.
  58.   Dying in New Brunswick
  59.   In Transmission
  60.   Introduction
  61.   Porcelain
  62.   Jet Black New Year
  63.   Understanding in a Car Crash
  64.   Concealer
  65.   Autobiography of a Nation
  66.   Paris in Flames
  67.   I Am the Killer
  68.   Standing on the Edge of Summer
  69.   How Long Is the Night?
  70.   I1100
  71.   Mass as Shadows
  72.   Intro
  73.   Stay True
  74.   Sparks Against the Sun
  75.   Millimeter
  76.   Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart
  77.   Common Existence
  78.   Friends in the Armed Forces
  79.   Arc-Lamps Signal Flares A Shower Of White (The Light)
  80.   Other Side Of The Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)
  81.   This Side of Brightness
  82.   Ian Curtis
  83.   As He Climbed the Dark Mountain
  84.   Where the Circle Ends
  85.   M. Shepard
  86.   No Answers
  87.   Lovesong Writer

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