The band narrowly avert tragedy....

The NEW JERSEY-five piece THURSDAY have cheated death after their van was struck by lightning, NME.COM can reveal.

The group were on the road travelling in upstate New York en route to a date on the US Hellfest festival when tragedy was narrowly averted.

“We were in our mini van and there was this huge crash like the sound of a bomb going off,” dazed singer Geoff Rickly explained to NME.COM, recuperating in his New Jersey home. “I didn’t know what was going on and I thought the noise was the sound of our fuel tank exploding or something.”

“Our radio antenna was all black after the storm so the lightning probably hit that,” Rickly continued. “They say the chances of getting hit by lightning are pretty low and they say that lightning never strikes twice so we’re hoping we had to take it that one time and now we’re good.”

When the group started on their way again, things didn’t get much better. “The next day we were in Ohio and all these tornadoes were touching down. It was like someone’s trying to kill us,” Geoff joked.

It’s not the first time that Thursday have avoided tragedy – Wrigley suffered a collapsed lung just days after completing the bands previous LP ‘Full Collapse’.

Thursday’s new LP ‘War All The Time’ is scheduled for a September 15 release. The band have also announced details of a special one-off gig at the London Garage on September 4. For tickets contact the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.