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A City By the Light Divided

Despite being signed to Island Records, Thursday have continued to maintain an influential presence among indie circles. Thursday's music has long inspired the spirit of positive social change, especially after the release of War All the Time. Their latest release, A City By the Light Divided, once again fosters the belief that change stems from actions...namely our actions. The underlying existential questions posed through the passion and charisma of vocalist Geoff Rickly are unforgettable. Themes of tragedy, death, and inward struggles are most prevelent. Musically, this release follows in the line of their signature dissonant chord progressions and unorthodox song structures birthed from a seemingly avant-garde songwriting approach. Perhaps the most memorable track on the album is 'Sugar in the Sacrament' which captures the overwhelming sadness and frustration humanity faces in relation to the spiritual. "What have you done? You followed footsteps in the dark and found your faith left out behind your father's car. You said, 'there's no one watching over me or over you, it's always out of reach...' I'm sinking still right into: Oh my god where are we now? ...fractured lives dissolving like sugar in the sacrament." It is my opinion that A City By the Light Divided will come to be considered one of the definitive records of post hardcore. I highly recommend it.


ok so i am/was a huge thursday fan!! and last year there were tons of rumors going around that thursday was going to break up, and geoff was going mute and couldn't release this album... but then i saw a post on their website that this album was actually going to be released and they were having a few shows in their home town in nj to kick off the tour in late december... i went with my girlfriend all the way from georgia because i was so excited to hear their new stuff... then they came on stage and the new stuff was very lacking but i gave them the benefit of a live show and was still hopeful for this album... then i bought it the second it was released and i am so so so so disapointed!! this is nothing like what they formorely released... it is really corporate and really unthought through in my opinion.. since they got a keyboardest in their line-up i thought they were going to utilize him more and they obviously tried to but not enough... i always respected the lyrics and i find them extremely chessy!!!!! WTF?!?! and if anyone wants to disagree with me about this album go ahead this is just my opinion..

A modern masterpiece

Explosive, incendiary, heartbreaking, all which describe Thursday's latest outing. Reminescent of 2001's Full collapse while capturing the intensity and darkness of War all the Time, Thursday manages to create their greatest record to date. They retain their signature style while managing to push the envelope in all creative aspects. Though shy of a dozen tracks (in store album), every song is rich varied and fully developed. It'll remind you that artists produce records and not just hit singles. It starts out guns blazing and never looks back. don't think any real Thursday fan will be disappointed. **Key tracks Running from the Rain At This Velocity Telegraphy Avenue Kiss


Formed: 1997 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A significant player in the early 21st century's post-hardcore scene, Thursday formed in 1997 in New Brunswick, NJ. 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...
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