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It starts and stops and starts and stops again
11/22/11 at 06:32 PM by Drew Beringer
We'll all look the same someday and even now the robot starts to think. I wonder what it dreams

Thursday was much more than just a band to me. They were my friend through the speakers, their music was the one confidant I could always trust. High school is never easy for anyone. There was plenty of bad moments for me in high school. Like everyone else I had my ups and downs and, also like everyone else, was looking to something to relate to, something to identify with it, something to celebrate. I found that something one afternoon after coming home from school. As a 15 year old, I didn't feel much responsibility to anything, so instead of beginning homework, I turned on MuchMusic (what many of you know today as Fuse) and was zoning out to a pathetic stream of music videos. I was about to turn off the TV when I heard that drum intro. You know what I'm talking about. The urgent beginning to a song called "Understanding (In A Car Crash)" by this band named after the fifth day of the week immediately caught my attention. The screams, the passion, the crude chaotic nature of the music video, it was all there and I was hooked. After the song I immediately dialed up my AOL internet to find out more. They were on this small label called Victory and their new album had come out in October. Being 15, I couldn't drive yet but I had my temp license so I waited for my mother to come home from school and then begged her to let me drive to Best Buy to get this Full Collapse. She relented and an hour later I had the album in my hands. Little did I know that this would be the album to change my life. Needless to say, it was the only album I listened to for the rest of 2001 and early 2002 (before a band named Taking Back Sunday released their debut, if it wasn't for Thursday, I would probably have not discovered that band that early). Everything about Full Collapse is fantastic. It's heavy, it's dark, the lyrics and vocals were impactful, it had everything you wanted in a post-hardcore album. Because of this album I met my two best friends in high school because they noticed a crudely drawn dove logo that I drew on my backpack with a magic marker. My musical palate is what it is today because of Full Collapse.

since I replaced the I in live with an O, I can't remember who you are...

My friends and I were ecstatic when we heard the news that Thursday would be releasing their new album War All Time Time on a major label in the fall of 2003. We loved the eerie video and tone of Signals Over The Air and were anxiously counting down the days till we would drive to the record store to pick it up. Little did we know at the time the hell Island and Victory put Thursday through during the process, but at the time we were stoked when they debut in the top 10 on the Billboard. "It was about time other people recognized their greatness" we told ourselves and others. We never cared if Thursday was our little band, we wanted everyone to be affected and touched by their music. Indeed, a mini moshpit starting in my friend's Dodge Neon when the opening of "For The Workplace, Drowning" came pouring out of his crappy speakers. It was a moment of pure bliss and I'll never forget that feeling of the pre-download days of going to the store and ripping the plastic off to hear your favorite band's album.

There is blood on the tracks tonight and rust inside our veins. Will it ache every time I hear the storm running behind me?

Two Thursday albums were released while I was in college. I was changing as a person and learning new things about myself and what I believed and so on. Typical college kid stuff. This time would also deliver some endings and new beginnings for my favorite band. In 2005, they released their final record for Island, the atmospheric A City By The Light Divided, which was the first indication of the tonal shift in Thursday's music. While there was still some classic Thursday ("At This Velocity" and "We Will Overcome" two of the better examples), the band started to experiment a bit more with their sound by including some interesting post-rock work that mirrored The Appleseed Cast. It was polarizing at first, but I grew to love it over time. The album underperformed compared to the sales of their previous albums, but I never loved the band more as I appreciated them growing as musicians and pushing their boundaries. They'd leave Island and eventually signed to punk powerhouse Epitaph Records, which re-invigorated a lot of fans knowing that the band would finally have the label support they always wanted. What emerged was their most underrated album to date.

First we're cut from the cloth in perfect shapes. Then we're tied in a knot and we're left to fray

Thursday's Epitaph debut Common Existence released during the final stages of my college career. Released in the dead of February, it was a perfect album for the cold darkness that was settling outside. If A City By The Light Divided was about rediscovery (as I was finding myself at the time), then Common Existence was the band maturing in their music, as my friends and I were on the verge of graduation. This album harkened back to their older albums, as it was a bit more brash than its predecessor. It still maintained the moodiness that was introduced on A City By The Light Divided, but it was a bit more refined. On “Resuscitation of a Dead Man,” vocalist Geoff Rickly sings, “Can you feel a pulse?/It’s been stopped for so long./Let’s restart it!” And that's what it felt like on this album, that Thursday had finally found their true sound and were progressing towards something spectacular.

Stay true.

A mere 7 months ago I wrote this about their latest (and ultimately final) album No Devolución:
QuoteThe band has never sounded this synchronized as a unit, as each song is the perfect blend of atmospherics and vocals, which can be attributed to the sextet's relationship with prodcuer Dave Fridmann, now three albums deep.

I'd been listening to Thursday for over 10 years now, I feel like I'd grown up with them and matured with them at the same time, and this album was no exception. In fact, I'd go on to say how this is Thursday's best release ever, as they took numerous chances and dared to push their boundaries. This album is incredibly deep, textured, and moving - from the gentle haunt of "No Answers" to the triumphant battle cry of album closer Stay True, this album is the culmination of an illustrious career of a band who never coasted, never took the easy road, and always challenged themselves and their fans. I wouldn't have wanted to go out with any other release, as this is the closest we'll get to a flawless Thursday record. What started as something I shared with others (Full Collapse) ended as something that felt personal to me and only me (No Devolución).

12:03. Our last goodbye

And so this day will be remembered as one of the most bittersweet of my life. While I am incredibly sad that Thursday is no longer, I am thankful and grateful to Geoff Rickley, Tom Keeley, Tim Payne, Steve Pedulla, Tucker Rule, and Andrew Everding for always being there for me, for challenging me, for inspiring me, and giving me the best music someone could ever ask for. I'm thankful that Thursday has left me 8 great releases (the six albums, Five Stories Falling, and the 2007 retrospective), as they are something I'll always cherish and hold in high regard, passing down to younger music fans for years to come. What began in basements and VFW halls turned into something much bigger, inspiring countless bands and even more fans. I know Thursday said thank you to us today in their statement, but I wanted to write something to show my appreciation and thanks for them. Their music is the reason I have this passion for other music and why I write. Thank you for changing a 15 year old kid's life and sticking with him throughout his young adult life. There will never be another Thursday and nothing will ever replace them for me. Thank you from the depths of my heart.

Some things run deeper than blood. No answers. No answers when you're not around.
Tags: thursday
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Thursday - Common Existence
01/16/09 at 12:09 AM by Drew Beringer
ThursdayCommon Existence
Release Date: February 17, 2009
Record Label: Epitaph

The critical and fan reception to Thursday’s 2006 release, A City By The Light Divided, were, at best, lukewarm. It caused a divide among fans; either you loved it or you hated it. There was no middle ground. City took on a more experimental route with Thursday’s signature sound still woven in. Some complain about the tone of the album, most complained about the production of Dave Fridmann (I personally love it). So when the Jersey sextet announced that Fridmann would be producing the band’s Epitaph debut, Common Existence, fans were naturally wary.

The fears of some will be squashed immediately when first single “Resuscitation of a Dead Man” blasts out of the barrel. The openers on each Thursday album have always been a kick in the balls, and this track is no different. “Resuscitation” sets the pace of Common Existence: urgent and in your face. “Last Call” gradually rises into the beautiful crashing of cymbals and chords. The track is calm and chaotic at once, leaving you dizzy. And “Friends In The Armed Forces” is an absolute doozy. The guitar chords rip as vocalist Geoff Rickly yelps frantically.

“Beyond The Visible Spectrum” begins with a methodical drum roll and sampled strings that are quickly evaporated by the frenzy of chords from guitarists Tom Keeley and Steve Pedulla. The song is equally gentle and forceful, incorporating different sensations throughout. “Time’s Arrow” is a slow acoustic track that will swoon through your earphones.

“Unintended Long Term Effects” is like one of those 5-hour energy drinks. The urgency in Rickly’s voice, along with some well-placed screams, will make this an immediate fan favorite. The fluidity of “Circuits Of Fever” and “Subway Funeral” is pristine and set the stage for the final two tracks of Common Existence. “Love Has Led Us Astray” is a delicate track that pulsates through your veins. The subtleties in this track are what make it standout.

The final track, “You Were The Cancer,” reminds me of why I fell in love with Thursday so many years ago. The intro of the track is like a warning signal, informing you of oncoming chaos. This track bleeds emotion. The screams are perfect, the bridge is chilling, and the outro is remarkable. This is easily one of the ten best Thursday songs ever, and when the dust settles, you, the listener, will sit in silence briefly, trying to take in what just hit you.

Over the course of the last few years, Thursday has seemed to be the forgotten band, band we take for granted. But with Common Existence, the band will be knocking down doors throughout 2009. It has been a long time since Thursday has been this good musically and lyrically. This album will win back all of those who gave up on Thursday after City was released. On “Resuscitation of a Dead Man,” Rickly sings, “Can you feel a pulse?/It’s been stopped for so long./Let’s restart it!” I couldn’t sum up the album and its impact any better.

The Verdict: 8.8/10
Tags: review, thursday
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You Were The Cancer
01/13/09 at 01:12 AM by Drew Beringer
Just gotta say that the album closer on the new Thursday is fantastic. It has everything you love about Thursday blended into an intense six minute closer. So good, I would have to say it is in my top 10 of favorite Thursday songs ever.

you were the cancer, that's all you'll ever be
Tags: thursday, recommendation
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Thursday - Common Existence: First Impression
01/07/09 at 08:49 PM by Drew Beringer
Really good. In your face and loud. While I love ACBTLD very much, some times it felt that a lot of the tracks were pushing Geoff's vocals into the background. The production on that album didn't bother me much, because I understood what Thursday was going for with that tone. But on Common Existence, the production seems a lot more crisp and Geoff's vocals are front and center, and this album is produced by Fridmann again.

Early stand outs include Friends In The Armed Forces, Love Has Led Us Astray, and You Were The Cancer (the screaming on this song is some of the best screaming the band has ever done). Beyond The Visible Spectrum is also fabulous. On first listen, it is definitely a step up from ACBTLD. Thursday fans will eat this up, and if you were somehow disappointed by the last album, this will win you back.
Tags: thursday, first impression
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Thursday - Common Existence
01/07/09 at 02:38 PM by Drew Beringer
best day ever. I'll some thoughts on this soon. In the meantime, check out my P.O.S. review.
Tags: thursday
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Most Anticipated 2009: The Underdogs
01/04/09 at 11:13 PM by Drew Beringer
So there are always the albums that are huge in the scene and a bunch of people are excited about: Thursday, New Found Glory, Two Tongues, etc. But there are always albums that pop up that kick your ass that you did not expect. I feel like the new P.O.S. album, Never Better, is going to be that album for me.

I need to get a hold of this. haha
Tags: 2009, anticipated, pos, new found glory, thursday, two tongues
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A few thoughts on Thursday/Envy Split
09/25/08 at 02:30 PM by Drew Beringer
I love it. I liked A City By The Light Divided a lot, but the new songs by Thursday on this split blow that album out of the water. This is the Thursday I know and love. The Envy songs are fantastic too, this is a definitely must-own if you are a fan of either band. Plus "In Silence" by Thursday may be one of the greatest instrumentals I've ever heard. It's like a mixture of NIN, Radiohead, and Thursday.

This split just gets me that much more excited for new Thursday material in the future.
Tags: first impression, thursday
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please take these hands
08/14/07 at 09:34 PM by Drew Beringer

<3 Thursday and this song.
Tags: thursday
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