The End of an Era: Thursday’s Final Show
Sad news for N.J.’s music scene: Thursday is officially calling it quits. We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. It’s hard to say goodbye to a band that’s had even half the amount of influence as Thursday has. Could anyone have predicted that they would become what they are today from the beginning? Originating in New Brunswick in 1997, the band started out playing basement shows to get the word out about their sound, and in a year’s time they played their first official show. Since then, the band has delivered nearly flawless discography, and their past two releases were both masterpieces. In fact, it is a little consoling to have them release their definitive album, No Devolucion, this year. In the vast amount of bands that have completely redefined their sound time and time again, Thursday stands as one of the most awe-inspiring. And no one can argue that this is the band responsible for the post-hardcore and emo scene that followed their fame.
There is a silver lining, however. The announcement of their departure was soon enough to allow anyone who would like to see them play live one last time a chance. On December 26th, at Starland Ballroom, Thursday will be playing their last New Jersey show – ever. Fans new and old should all take this opportunity seriously. You don’t want to have to say that you missed the chance to see one of our generation’s most important bands if there’s anything you can do about it. This is a night that everyone is going to remember, and no one is going to want to forget. Tickets for the show are still available on Ticketmaster. And to make the night even better, playing alongside them will be Screaming Females, mewithoutyou, and Make Do and Mend. If you’re unfamiliar with any of these bands, I highly recommend that you check them out. That way, you’ll be able to fully enjoy one of the last concerts 2011 will see, and perhaps its best. If you want to follow their last moments as a band, you can also follow their Twitter for updates about the final show.