The album that started it all: released on D-Day in 1999, Thursday’s Waiting is now a full 13 years old.
Hard to believe that. If the album was an emo teenager then, I hope by now that it has worked through its issues and now maybe has a good job. Maybe it’s in an LTR and subscribes to the New Yorker. Maybe it went through a period where it thought cocaine was a good idea but has since gotten clean.
Or maybe it’s the same old punk kid, still doing DIY shows in basements or American legion halls where 10 people show up and everyone stands around, looking pissed off or hapless.
I don’t know, man.
The fact that Waiting was so well received, I think, is a testament to the Internet age. 1999 was the year of the Sega Dreamcast, Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile, and Napster. Were it not for the onset of file trading and sharing brought on by Napster, the landscape of the underground hardcore scene might not have been quite the same.
Waiting flies out the gate with its best song: “Porcelain.” And oh my god, that opening. Huge drums, escalating guitars… on my first spin through the album, “Porcelain” made it obvious to me how different that this band was different.
Elsewhere on Waiting is a song with one of the most memorable lines in all of the Thursday catalogue – which is saying quite a bit, considering the unreal imagery and stories Geoff Rickly has been able to create over time. On the emotion-packed “Streaks in the Sky,” lead vocalist Rickly says: “If we never meet again, it would be too soon.”
If it weren’t for this album, hundreds of terrible hardcore bands wouldn’t exist. But that’s not the band’s fault. It’s because they created an influential record that kicked off a decade-plus career and caused thousands of people to ink doves on their bodies.
From their debut release, this is Thursday’s “Dying in New Brunswick” –
Standout tracks: “Streaks in the Sky” and “Porcelain”
Weakest track: “Ian Curtis” sounds so dated now, and so unlike the rest of their work.
RIYL: Post-hardcore, emo, post-punk. Glassjaw, Thrice, Brand New.
Link: There isn’t a digital version of this album? Ridiculous. Buy the physical copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Thursday/dp/B00004HYFG