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

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