Report: Thursday Live in D.C.


The Jersey
post-hardcore outfit, on a co-headlining tour with Underoath, performed their
Full Collapse classic in its entirety on Feb. 22 at the 9:30 Club.


Text & Photos By Adam Fried

About halfway through Thursday’s set at the 9:30 Club,
keyboardist Andrew Everding asked singer Geoff Rickly, “Is this the best show
ever?” Rickly relayed the question to the fans at the sold-out venue, and then
agreed: “I think he’s right. This is the best show ever.”


While the bandmates were obviously exaggerating, it
certainly didn’t come off as pandering; it felt sincere. From Rickly walking
on-stage with a huge smile, to repeatedly thanking fans during the roughly 50
minute set, the guys in Thursday all seemed genuinely happy to be there.


In the ten years since Thursday released its sophomore
effort, Full Collapse, the New Jersey
post-hardcore band has put out three other full-lengths and has a new one
coming out this April. Though the band’s musical style and direction have
changed from album to album, Full
remains its most popular and well-known work.


Songs like “Understanding in a Car Crash” and “Cross Out the
Eyes” have been crowd-favorite staples of the band’s live shows over the years
anyway, so it’s no surprise really that Geoff Rickly and company would see the
“10 year anniversary” angle as a tour opportunity.





And that’s exactly what they did, currently making their way
across the country on a co-headlining tour with Underoath, playing Full Collapse in its entirety. Though
Thursday is far from the first band to do this, it’s still a popular strategy:
Old-school fans get a chance to be nostalgic, and teenagers get to pretend they
were there the first time around.


As soon as the band came on-stage and the feedback led into
the first notes of “Understanding in a Car Crash,” it was an energetic
sing-along for the rest of the set. Large sections of the crowd were clearly
there just to see Underoath and bobbed their heads a little bit, but the
several dozen closest fans to the stage hung on every word – from the screamed
line “Write these words back down” a minute into “Autobiography of a Nation” to
the call-and-response vocals in album-closer “How Long is the Night?”






Following “Wind Up,” Rickly took another opportunity to
thank fans for their support over the years. “When we wrote this record,” he
said, “we never thought you guys would want to hear it 10 years later.” At this
point, he said they had two songs left, so mathematically inclined fans knew he
either a) was counting the album’s sample-heavy outro as a song, or b) had a
little bonus up his sleeve.


The latter was the case, and after “How Long is the Night?”
a shortened version of the outro led into “Turnpike Divides,” a new track off
their upcoming album No
song started off pretty frantic and high-energy, but then it slowed down and
sort of just fizzled out for a couple more minutes.


It wasn’t the most exciting finale for an otherwise
exciting set, and it would have been nice to hear 2-3 other non-Full
tracks. But that brevity is probably attributable to the
“co-headlining” tour with Underoath, which seemed to be in name only since
Underoath was clearly the headliner and responsible for the biggest draw.


Before leaving the stage, Rickly again thanked fans and
promised, “See you real soon,” hinting at another tour to support the new album
this spring. Fans who missed this one probably won’t get to see Full Collapse in its entirety again for
a while, but chances are good you’ll hear a handful of these songs at any given
Thursday show anyway.


Or just wait until 2021 for another anniversary tour.



[Photos by Adam Fried,]



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