If you don't know about Thursday and their album Full Collapse, then what are you waiting for? It wasn't a very popular mainstream album and it did not make a dent in the charts back in 2001 (reaching #178 on the Billboard charts), but the imprint that it has left in the world of music is very prevalent, as it has become a fan favorite in the punk/hardcore/underground scene and has influenced many bands that followed its release. It is truly a landmark of a gem in independent music.
So earlier this year, Thursday had announced that they would be touring in support of Underoath where they would play Full Collapse IN ITS ENTIRETY! I so happened to be there on February 9, 2011 at the House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois.
These old songs are still amazing and they have not aged a bit. They're as cutting edge as anything that's being released by other bands today. Thursday playing them live just justifies and confirms that belief. Another thing that stuck out as these memorable songs were being played live is the fact that, as intense as these songs are, they make you move. I'm not much of a dancer, but something in these songs just made me want to dance and as I was looking at the crowd, I wasn't alone in this thinking. I mean, even the song "Concealer," which starts out as a simple head-bobbing tune, eventually becomes a song that you want to dance to.
The crowd was pretty tamed, but that's at any Thursday show. Thursday is the only hardcore act where the entire crowd is mesmerized by the band's lead singer (in this case, Geoff Rickly) as there are no cirlce pits, no moshing, and no need for elbows to be up at all times. It is truly a sight to behold as the entire crowd is usually looking at the stage in awe.
The band finished their set with a new song from their new album No Devolucion, "Turnpike Divides." The song was so good, that I had made up my mind that I would go ahead and buy the album on its release date without listening to the other tracks (very rarely do I buy an album without listening to a few tracks first).
This album will always have a special place for me and I was glad that Thursday decided to pay homage to it. Outside of the very popular "Understanding in a Car Crash," the other songs are not played very regularly as they should be. But "Autobiography of a Nation" ("WRITE THESE WORDS BACK DOWN!"), "Cross Out the Eyes," and "Paris in Flames" never gets old ; Hearing songs "A Hole in the World," "I Am the Killer," "Standing on the Edge of Summer," "Wind-Up," and "How Long Is the Night" for the first time live was definitely a treat.
I wish more bands had the ability to play the 10 year anniversary of any albums. Albums released in 2001 that I wish would be played live in their entirety are as follows:
- Thrice--Identity Crisis
- Rise Against--The Unraveling
- Strike Anywhere--Change is a Sound
- Rufio--Perhaps, I Suppose...
- Hot Water Music--A Flight and a Crash
- Brand New--Your Favorite Weapon
- The Bouncing Souls--How I Spent My Summer Vacation (which they actually did in select cities this year. Obviously, I missed the Chicago date).
- Alkaline Trio--From Here to Infirmary
- Against Me!--Crime as Forgiven
Feel free to listen to the greatest NEW YEAR'S EVE song of all time, Thursday's "Jet Black New Year."
Also, check out Devon's interpretation of Thursday's "Autumn Leaves Revisited," along with other Song Facts