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Thursday Biography

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Birth Place: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Years Active: 1997-present
Genres: Indie Rock, Post-hardcore, Screamo, Post-punk

Thursday is an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Thursday was formed in 1997 by vocalist Geoff Rickly, guitarist Tom Keeley, guitarist Bill Henderson, bassist Tim Payne and drummer Tucker Rule.

They recorded demos to hand out at shows, and in the summer of 1999 issued their first official release, the “1999 Summer Tour EP,” which featured demos of songs that would soon be found on their debut album, “Waiting.” The album was released in December 1999 on northern New Jersey-based Eyeball Records without any singles or support from television or radio.

Hesitant to join a larger label, but with full support from Eyeball Records, Thursday signed to Chicago-based label Victory Records and released “Full Collapse” in April 2001, without much radio or television support. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and reached #178 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Victory Records filmed a music video for “Understanding in a Car Crash” consisting of live footage of the band and marketed the song as the band's first single, without the band's authorization. A second single, “Cross Out the Eyes,” followed.

Thursday was routinely upset at Victory Records over the use of the band's image and promotion, including the label's attempts to distribute Thursday-themed whoopie cushions. The band's newfound popularity and disgust with the label led to internal problems that bred the “Five Stories Falling EP,” a release the band used to fulfill contractual obligations with Victory Records.

Having parted ways with Victory Records and joining Island Records, Thursday issued their major label debut, the critically acclaimed “War All the Time” in September 2003. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. “War All the Time “spawned two singles, “Signals Over the Air” and “War All the Time.” “Signals Over the Air” reached #30 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

“War All the Time” featured Andrew Everding on keyboards, though he would not become an official member of the band until December 26, 2003, when he was officially welcomed into the band at the band's Christmas holiday shows held at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Following “War All the Time,” the band released two EPs. The first was “Live from the SoHo & Santa Monica Stores Split EP” and the second was a promotion found in “Revolver,” called “Live in Detroit EP.”

The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2004 and returned in 2006 with the release of “A City by the Light Divided” on Island Records. The album reached #20 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Rock Albums chart. Two singles were released from the album, “Counting 5-4-3-2-1” and “At This Velocity.”

The band parted ways with Island Records in early 2007 and released a compilation of unreleased versions of older songs as well as three new songs on the album, “Kill the House Lights.” It also included a DVD with a documentary on the band and live performances. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

In 2008 they released “Thursday/Envy” a split album with the Japanese post-hardcore band, Envy.

Their full-length album entitled “Common Existence” was released in February 2009 under Epitaph Records. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, #14 on the Alternative Albums chart, #19 on the Rock Albums chart and #56 on the Billboard 200. The album included the track “As He Climbed The Dark Mountain,” which previously appeared on the band's split EP with Japanese hardcore band Envy. The song “Last Call” originates from 2005 when five demos were leaked. While the first four demos were released on “A City by the Light Divided,” “Last Call” had not been previously released.

Their album, “No Devolución” was released in April 2011 and reached #10 on the Alternative Albums chart, #11 on the Independent Albums chart, #19 on the Rock Albums chart and #63 on the Billboard 200.