PICS: Thursday at Soda Bar

New Jersey post-hardcore titans Thursday brought their "Full Collapse" and "War All the Time" albums to life at Soda Bar on Sunday, April 29 -- with Far's Jonah Matranga opening.

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With a capacity of about 230 people, the band said Soda Bar was the smallest stage/venue they've played in 15 years. We don't doubt it!
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They played two shows on April 29: An early show, in which they performed "Full Collapse" in full, and a later set that featured the entirety of "War All the Time."
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The band chose to perform those specific albums to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band, as they feel they're the records that "defined our legacy."
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The Soda Bar shows were part of a series of performances in only two other North American cities: San Francisco (a two-night stand at Slim's) and Los Angeles (a two-night stand at the Echoplex).
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The band's members include vocalist Geoff Rickly (pictured), guitarist Tom Keeley, bassist Tim Payne, drummer Tucker Rule, guitarist Steve Pedulla and keyboardist Andrew Everding.
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Thursday got its start in 1997 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. They were reportedly heavily influenced by Joy Division at the time.
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The band released their debut album, "Waiting," in 1999 via Eyeball Records.
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After signing to Victory Records in 2001, they'd release their second album, "Full Collapse," which would eventually reach No. 178 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album would propel them toward the front of the early-'00s post-hardcore movement. (Rule pictured)
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They've long been considered highly influential within that scene, and credited as one of the key bands to popularize a darker emo sound with screaming vocals.
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Following some much-publicized label issues, Thursday finally got out of their contract with Victory Records by signing with Island Records in 2002.
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According to their contract buyout, Victory Records received a payment of $1.2 million -- which Rickly said the band would be "[paying off] that bill for as long as we were on the new label." (Pedulla pictured)
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They released their third album, "War All the Time," in 2003 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The record spawned two big singles: "Signals Over the Air" and the title track.
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In 2006, Thursday released their fourth album and second major label release, "A City by the Light Divided."
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Fun fact: "A City by the Light Divided" got its title by Rickly combining two lines from the poem "Sunstone" by Octavio Paz.
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After leaving Island Records in 2007, the band signed to Epitaph Records and released the album "Common Existence" in 2009.
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About the label change, the band has said: "It's a great feeling to have a label encourage you to be more socially conscious and politically active."
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Following the release of "No Devolucion" in 2011, Rickly announced that Thursday had disbanded in 2013.
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Three years later, talk of a reunion surfaced and after performing a couple of one-off shows and Riot Fest, the band announced a 24-date tour for 2017. (Keeley pictured)
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Hopefully even more shows are planned for the band -- and maybe, fingers crossed, some new music?
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Either way -- come back soon, lads!
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Jonah Matranga (member of the bands Far, New End Original and Gratitude) opened the shows.
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The singer, songwriter, and guitarist has released a variety of solo material under his own name and onelinedrawing. Check him out!
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