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They Came from Jersey to Rock NYC

October 26th, 2009

Thursday/Far/Midnight Masses – The Bowery Ballroom – October 25, 2009

Thursday - The Bowery Ballroom - October 25, 2009
Last night’s Bowery Ballroom show boasted an impressive lineup: Thursday, Far and Midnight Masses. The latter is known as a collective of musicians from bands like …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Santogold, while Far is known for its highly influential sound and cult following that formed in the ’90s. But the band of the night was definitely Thursday, out of New Brunswick, N.J.

When Thursday played The Bowery just a month ago, they announced that last night’s show would have them playing their entire 2001 Victory Records debut, Full Collapse, the album that took them from playing dingy basements to headlining large tours. From the first chords of the disc’s opener—and unexpected hit single—“Understanding in a Car Crash,” The Bowery Ballroom’s floor was alive with action from the fans. Onstage, singer Geoff Rickly danced around, arms flailing in his perfectly calculated and characteristic way. While it’s a spectacular genre-defining album in its own right, it’s only when played live that the band’s fury is really showcased. “Autobiography of a Nation” and “Cross Out the Eyes” contained blood-curdling yelps and screams that starkly contrasted with the smooth tones of Rickly’s singing voice.

After completing the 42-minute Full Collapse and leaving the stage, Thursday returned to play a handful of songs, including “The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control),” off 2006’s A City by the Light Divided, and “Friends in Armed Forces,” from their most recent release, this year’s Common Existence. Thursday finished by releasing a dozen large black balloons into the air and playing fan favorite “Jet Black New Year.” —Kirsten Housel

(Far plays tonight at Mercury Lounge.)

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel