New Jersey's volatile, experimentalist rock band Thursday will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their classic, groundbreaking album Full Collapse by kicking off a US tour with their friends, Underoath, in January/February where the band will perform the celebrated record in its entirety. Tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Released in April 2001, Thursday's sophomore album, Full Collapse, pulled Thursday from the underground basement and VFW shows they were used to and propelled the band to the forefront of mainstream rock with its unique melding of emotionally charged post-punk and aggressive post-hardcore.
"Full Collapse was a record that changed the course and shape of my life," says singer Geoff Rickly. We began touring for it in basements and VFW halls, continued, opening for bands like the Murder City Devils and Rival Schools and ended up as a full time touring band meeting hundreds of thousands of people with whom we formed deep and lasting connections. Time passes and we embrace new music and different goals but, ten years later, Full Collapse continues to move people and for that we are very grateful. This tour is a celebration of those times and the end of a chapter in the life of Thursday."
Called "harsh...catchy and just beautiful" (Punknews.org), Full Collapse opens with the ambient, calm-before-the-storm intro track "A0001" before seguing into the vehicular smash hit "Understanding In A Car Crash." Rickly holds nothing back as he pours his heart out about child abuse on "Concealer" and gnashes his teeth during the stirring tale of manifest destiny in "Autobiography of a Nation." Even today, fans continue to relate to Full Collapse's honest lyrics about life, finding individuality and the crushing loneliness of post-modernism. Musically, Full Collapse weaves outside the lines of standard hard rock with Steve Pedulla and Tom Keeley's innovative and dueling riffs that blur the lines between metal, hardcore, new wave and post-punk influences as heard on "Cross Out the Eyes," "Paris In Flames" and "Wind Up." From beginning to finish, Full Collapse stands the test of time and remains a relevant classic from one of the decade's most groundbreaking bands.
In the ten years since the release of Full Collapse, Thursday have gone on to release three more fan-coveted studio albums, including 2009's Common Existence with their new label Epitaph Records. With each release the band continues to grow and evolve, pushing boundaries, genres, labels and categories aside. In July, the band entered the studio to begin work on their sixth studio album, which will be released in 2011.
Catch Thursday performing Full Collapse live this coming January and February and stay tuned for news about Thursday's much anticipated new album coming in 2011!