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Thursday announce 20th anniversary London shows (2019)


Preview by Jack Foley

GROUND-breaking post-hardcore band Thursday have announced two exclusive 20th anniversary shows at London’s Electric Ballroom this December (2019).

The shows will see them performing their most celebrated albums over two consecutive nights – Full Collapse (show one) and War All the Time (show two).

The New Jersey sextet, who released six records since their formation in 1997, and enjoyed cumulative worldwide sales of nearly two million units before disbanding in 2011, originally reformed (in typical Thursday manner at two days’ notice) in 2016 to play the Sound on Sound Festival in Atlanta..

Rising from New Brunswick, NJ, in the midst of a DIY basement culture revival, Thursday has always been in a constant state of transition that seemed out of step with the traditional hardcore of their peers.

Favouring jagged post-punk rhythms over metallic breakdowns and quoting from Neil Young and post-modern poet, Michael Palmer, instead of Henry Rollins and Noam Chomsky, the band always seemed at odds with the awkwardly applied label of “post-hardcore pioneers”.

Their singer Geoff Rickly after all produced the first My Chemical Romance record and the band shocked an entire scene by touring with The Cure in 2004.

When Thursday released Full Collapse, it defined a genre, signalled a change of the guard and started a backlash all at once. Kerrang praised the band with five K’s (highest marks) as being “in an entirely different class” than anything else at their Reading festival debut.

Thursday’s first album for the majors, War All The Time, was a critical and commercial success selling over 74 thousand copies in its first week alone and topping various album lists.

Never afraid to wear their hearts (or their politics) on their sleeves, the band criss-crossed the United States with 70+ sold out concerts, over the course of 2018 / 2019 performing under two banners that read ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ and ‘Protect Immigrant Communities’ in open defiance of atrocious politics, ran rampant.

This outspoken stance not surprisingly garnered both controversy and respect, two notions long synonymous with Thursday.

Don’t call it a comeback and don’t call it nostalgia, the band’s singer Geoff succinctly summarizes these shows: “These shows are going to be amazing and are a dream come true for us to be able to do! It’s been nearly nine years since we last played London, so this is long overdue. We cannot thank you all enough for asking us back. It means the world.”

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 26 at 10am.

The shows are (both December 2019)

1 – London Electric Ballroom (Full Collapse)
2 – London Electric Ballroom (War All The Time)