Thursday’s ‘No DevoluciÃ³n’ Marks a ‘Departure’ for the Band
It took New Jersey’s post-hardcore gatekeepers Thursday only seven days to write their new album, ‘No Devoluci ó n.’ Such creative efficiency isn’t surprising considering the band has been together long enough to know exactly what they want to achieve on record.
“‘No Devoluci ó n’ marks a departure from Thursday’s earlier work,” vocalist Geoff Rickly recently told Noisecreep. “Subtlety replaces on-and-off dynamics, and sonic textures are often more important than riffs on this record. The theme of the record is devotion, refracted through 12 different songs.”
Thursday are perhaps best-remembered for being one of the most visible bands at the epicenter of the screamy, post-hardcore sound that dominated the first few years of the 2000s. While many old-school Thursday fans may hope for ‘Full Collapse’ Part II, the band continues to evolve musically despite commercial pressures. “My fondest memory of that period was playing one of our very first shows in a basement with my roommate’s band, You & I,” Rickly recalled. “The thing about that period that has shaped ‘No Devoluci ó n’ is this: don’t ever fake it. Don’t rewrite a record because people want you too. Always follow your heart.”
Rickly says the new album’s closing song, ‘Stay True,’ is “a seven-minute, free-form piece of music that builds to an insane climax [that] really shows the chemistry of the band.” Rickly shared a story about the origin of the unusual song. “I would walk in on [guitarist] Tom and [drummer] Tucker messing around with the first guitar line as they warmed up before recording,” he said. “I would always convince them to keep playing around with it once the rest of the band came in. Every day, we’d write a new song around that guitar part before we would get down to the real business of recording. [Producer] Dave Fridmann caught on, and started recording the daily warm up. Some days it would be 10 minutes, others five, once even 20 minutes. The one that’s on the record is our favorite live version, with vocals added later.”
While New Jersey is best known for Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, the basement hardcore culture that fostered Thursday was just as important to those involved in it as any stadium rock legend. Rickly, a proud New Jerseyan, says, “My favorite thing about New Jersey is the random mash-ups of culture hiding in every forgotten corner of the suburbs. On any given night, there’s an awesome show in someone’s basement, a furry convention at the Ramada, and a trip to an abandoned mental hospital ahead of you. Jersey is not MTV’s ‘The Jersey Shore.’ But sometimes, it is.”
‘No Devoluci ó n’ will be out April 12th.