When emo/post-hardcore giants Thursday split up in 2012, many wondered if they would ever have a chance to see the wildly influential New Jersey rockers play live ever again. Last year fans were pleasantly surprised when Thursday was announced as part of the lineup for the punk rock festival Wrecking Ball in Atlanta, GA in August. After a few more select festival appearances and some hometown shows at the end of the year, Thursday announced in early 2017 that they would head out on a nationwide reunion tour. On Tuesday, that reunion tour kicked off at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
Opening the show for the first night only were Boston locals Animal Flag, who were playing on a stage much bigger than the size of most of the basement and bar venues they typically play. Their 30 minute, hard rocking, progressive set was a wake up call to any local music fans that have been sleeping on the band up to this point.
The national touring package kicked off after that, with hardcore band Touché Amoré who played an intense 30 minute set, into which they crammed 13 songs filled with loud, high energy action. Touché Amoré are on the road in support of their November 2016 release “Stage Four” the band’s fourth studio album and first with their new label, Epitaph Records.
Direct support on the tour is coming from UK emo rockers Basement, who represent the new wave of emo music, one with a sound more reminiscent of 90’s grunge like Soundgarden and Nirvana rather than the once popular screamo genre. Basement’s 45 minute, 11 song set was drawn up almost perfectly evenly, pulling songs from each of their 3 studio albums. Basement recently signed with US label Fueled By Ramen, after releasing all their previous music on Boston based indie label Run For Cover Records. Upon signing a new label deal, Fueled By Ramen re-released Basement’s most recent album “Promise Everything” as a deluxe version on March 3rd.
Finally it was time for the triumphant return to touring of Thursday. Frontman Geoff Rickly briefly spoke before beginning the band’s set, just to say he had once wondered if he’d ever take the stage with Thursday again, but was happy that he finally was. Rickly and his band then launched into “For the Workforce, Drowning.” What would follow was a hour plus of Thursday putting on a not soon forgotten show, it was one of those shows were everything seemed to come together at once to make for the perfect atmosphere; a flawess lineup of bands, a nearly packed, but not overcrowded venue, a fun stage show that included oversized balloons bouncing on the crowd and confetti cannons going off during the show.
Thursday played from almost all their albums, with “War All the Time” getting the most attention with 5 songs being played from it. For a band that’s been away from touring for almost 5 full years, it was pretty impressive to see Thursday get back to the stage without missing a beat. The band even had a backdrop professing their support for immigrants and refugees, showing their music still has message to it, and in an era when a lot of bands avoid onstage politics it is another rarity. Thursday, is no nostalgia act trying to live up to their glory days, Thursday are back and back with a vengeance.
Thursday Setlist 3/28/17:
For the Workforce, Drowning
The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control)
Cross Out the Eyes
Beyond the Visible Spectrum
Autobiography of a Nation
A Hole in the World
Signals Over the Air
Jet Black New Year
This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb
Circuits of Fever
Understanding in a Car Crash
War All the Time
Photos - Thursday, Basement, Touché Amoré, Animal Flag - 3/28/17: