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New Thursday Video - On A Monday

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Posted on 02 Mar 09


Thursday have always been, personally speaking, a tricky one. They always inspired so much devotion and adoration for ‘Full Collapse’ and their legendary live shows, but always left me cold. They were always one of those bands who my friends were into for one reason or another, but never grabbed me. Then, they released their new album, ‘Common Existence’...

That’s the video for ‘Resuscitation Of A Dead Man’, the latest snippet to have been taken from the album. It got a very respectable 7/10 from us a month or so ago and built upon the promising tracks they released alongside the unfuckingbelievably good Envy on their split EP out on Temporary Residence. You should definitely all go and buy that, by the way. And everything else Envy have ever done.

So, back to Thursday. All of this ended up putting me in quite the dilemma – when encountering a band you’ve been indifferent to for so long (and there’s nothing wildly different or new about their new album, it’s the same skyscraping post-hardcore they’ve always rocked, it’s just slightly more refined than before: it went down extremely well among the die-hard Cult Of Geoff Rickly, natch), is it easier to start from the present or try and delve back into the back catalogue?

Think of all the bands who started to kill it on their second or third album – the most obvious example is Refused who, for better or worse, only really achieved prominence for their seminal ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’. Granted, it really is an astonishing record that deserves every plaudit that’s been heaped upon it over the last decade or so, but how many people that bought it will have investigated ‘Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent’, released a couple of years earlier and a truly brilliant all-out hardcore album? ‘The Shape...’ is one of the all-time greats, and casts a long shadow, but classing Refused as ‘that band who did ‘New Noise’ is a travesty. Hell, ‘The Deadly Rhythm’ (below) is arguably the better song...


Any examples of your own of bands you got into late? Leave your comments below...


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