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Double Bill Fills Terminal 5

February 18th, 2011

Underoath/Thursday – Terminal 5 – February 17, 2011

Underoath - Terminal 5 - February 17, 2011
On Thursday night at Terminal 5, Thursday, out of New Brunswick, N.J., played through its genre-defining 2001 Victory Records release, Full Collapse, to a passionate crowd that kept the downstairs in a forever-moving frenzy. An album that impeccably blended punk rock and post-hardcore though vibrant melodies and piercing screams, Full Collapse was one of the decade’s most noteworthy releases, bringing a once-underground style of music and a band of twentysomethings out of basements and VFW halls and propelling both into the mainstream.

In line with the album’s track listing, Thursday hit the T5 stage to the calm-before-the-storm opening track, “A0001,” and then tore right into the disc’s standout hit single, “Understanding in a Car Crash.” Progressing through the LP, Thursday also soon played fan (and critic) favorites “Autobiography of a Nation,” “Cross Out the Eyes,” “Paris in Flames” and “Standing on the Edge of Summer” before ending its set with a new song, “Turnpike Divides,” about growing up in New Jersey, so close but so far away from New York City. Throughout the set, singer Geoff Rickley feverishly swung the microphone like the old pro he is, a move that also put the band at the forefront of and defined a genre 10 years ago.

Underoath, on tour in support of 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation), played a set equally as furious as Thursday’s, though slightly heavier in tone. The Florida band, fronted by the forever-playing-with-his-dreadlocks Spencer Chamberlain, played a number of tracks from the new record alongside older and best-received material, like “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door.” —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com