I saw Thursday last Tuesday, April 11th!
Jokes aside, I caught Basement, Touché Amoré, and Thursday to end my 4 days of shows over the course of 6 days. I had never seen any of these bands before, so I was very excited for the sets to begin. Back in 2012, I tried to catch Thursday at Irving Plaza in NYC for their “last show”, but I was unable to. Good thing they decided to start playing again!
The UK’s Basement was wonderful live, bringing about a sound very similar to that of Title Fight and reminiscent of Quicksand and Sunny Day Real Estate. Their energy was captivating as was their humility and appreciation on stage. Touché Amoré played second to a packed, hometown show. Jeremy’s stage presence is invigorating; his energy, contagious. The band supported their newest record, Stage Four, out now on Epitaph Records.
Finally, the band of the night took the stage. Thursday has been a very important band in my life, introducing me to bands such as My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday back in the day just by association. Did you know that Geoff Rickley of Thursday produced MCR’s first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love? Anyways, Thursday’s set was one full of nostalgia, energy, and equality. The band’s backdrop displayed the iconic dove logo, decorated with the word “Refugees Welcome Here” and “Protect Immigrant Communities”. They were vocal advocates of creating a kinder – and more open minded – world, and their music speaks for itself.