After counting down the days for over a month, one of the most highly anticipated shows I have been wanting to see had arrived. It has been over 7 years since I last saw Thursday live on stage and when I heard they were going to perform at Irving Plaza with Basement and Touche Amore, I made sure to buy a VIP ticket ASAP. I had previously enjoyed Thursday’s and Touche Amore’s music so I wasn’t expecting anything less by the two but good live performances so I was excited to see what they would do. Alright, let’s talk about it.
First performance I didn’t really care much for. It was a solo performer who goes by the name Cities Aviv who performs electronic-ish hip hop with him and a beat machine. Not what I was expecting to be the opening act as I was under the impression that Cities Aviv would be a full band. After he finished, Touche Amore was next. Touche Amore woke the crowd up by jumping into their first song and having a mini mosh pit going on in the middle of the floor. Funny story is that I thought for some reason that they were Cities Aviv and the first act went by a different name. But regardless, Touche Amore put on a great tight performance and had people singing along to certain parts of songs. Really showed how much their music is loved by many people including myself since their past couple of albums were really good. No bad words about the performance at all. If you haven’t listened to Touche Amore before and are just looking for good post-hardcore music, look no further! Now all I have to do is see Pianos Become the Teeth live soon.
Setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm): Flowers and You, Pathfinder, The Great Repetition, Art Official, Displacement, And Now It’s Happening in Mine, Amends, Benediction, Home Away From Here, Just Exist, Rapture, ~.
Basement, a band from the U.K. was up next. Before I got word of the tour, I have never heard Basement’s music before so when I found out they were playing I had to listen to a bit of their past music just to get an idea of what they were going to offer musically. They have a pretty good sound for themselves and little did I know is that they had went on hiatus for two years and got back together after some time to finish school and work regular jobs. They have just released an album just last year on Fueled by Ramen titled Promise Everything. As far as their live performance goes, they sounded good and was never sloppy. Definitely gives me something to look forward in case they do jump on another tour with a couple of my favorite bands in the near future.
Setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm): Whole, Fading, Aquasun, Spoiled, For You the Moon, Earl Grey, Brother’s Keeper, Promise Everything, Pine, Covet.
Now one of the fathers of the modern day post-hardcore genre took the stage to continuous applause and cheers from the audience before they jumped into the first song of the set “For the Workforce, Drowning”. The crowd was getting wild but was second runner up to the crowd at the Rise Against show I was at previously. With songs spanning across their entire discography, Thursday really held those in attendance by the balls by performing good song after good song without holding back whatsoever. Also at their ages, they still know how to put on a show. What can I say about Mr. Geoff Rickly himself? The famed Thursday frontman is a legend in his own way. During songs he would talk to the many fans that were watching him on stage tell stories of how the songs they were performing came to be and what were the reason behind them. Also he went on to speaking up for the refugees and the immigrants that come to New York City and making it a beautiful place to live that is rich in multiple cultures and opened up about his newfound sobriety and how he became the man that he is and how he is proud of the work that he and his bandmates put out over the 20 years they have been a band. Thankful for the band for providing jams such as “Understanding in a Car Crash”, “Signals Over the Air” and “Counting 5-4-3-2-1” throughout the night and made the show what it was! Word is that they will be performing a free show with the band PUP that they will be playing in Brooklyn this summer and I know I will be in attendance. Can’t get enough of the legends known as Thursday. 1997 until forever!
Setlist: 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, Counting 5-4-3-2-1 (featuring Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore), A Hole in the World, Signals Over the Air, Jet Black New Year, This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb, Division St., Sparks Against the Sun, Understanding in a Car Crash. Encore: War All the Time, Turnpike Divides.