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Soul-baring post-hardcore} quartet Thursday} formed in New Brunswick, NJ, in 1997. Led by vocalist Geoff Rickly}, the band also included guitarists Steve Pedulla} and Tom Keeley}, bassist Tim Payne}, and drummer Tucker Rule}. After releasing their debut, Waiting}, in 1999 (through N.Y.-based indie Eyeball}), the band signed to Chicago's influential Victory} label for 2001's Full Collapse}, and toured with acts like Boy Sets Fire} and Sparta} in support of the effort. Thursday}'s frequent gigging and furious passion fueled a grassroots response, and by 2002, the band was on the main stage of the Warped Tour} and enjoying radio and MTV} support of its single "Understanding in a Car Crash."} The quintet signed to Island} in the wake of its breakthrough success, and issued the 2002 live EP Five Stories Falling} through Victory} as a placeholder for its eventual major-label debut. The ambitious song arc of War All the Time} dropped in September 2003. The album was met with considerable critical acclaim for its ruminations on 9/11, its poetic, personal lyrics, and a wildly shifting, kitchen-sink approach to pensive post-hardcore}. Playing keyboards on the album, Andrew Everding} was later added as a full-time member. Extensive touring behind the record took its toll on the band; tensions between members and personal problems soon made Thursday} appear to be on the fast road to breaking up. Band problems aside, Rickly} was additionally diagnosed with epilepsy. Problematic allergic reactions to his medication eventually culminated in May 2004 on-stage during their performance at California's Coachella Festival}; the band's set was cut short as Rickly} began coughing up blood and was unable to continue. After he recovered, the guys hopped back on the road for a full U.K. tour. Still unhappy, Thursday} felt a responsibility to finish out their existing tour commitments, with that summer's Warped} to be their final run. However, issues between the bandmembers somehow worked themselves out during the festival's run -- they were found having more fun playing than ever -- and the guys decided to stick together. First taking some time off for themselves, the re-energized group next headed back into the studio with producer Dave Fridmann} (the Flaming Lips}, Mogwai}). A City by the Light Divided}, the album that almost never was, appeared in May 2006. A tour supporting both the album and the Shirts for a Cure organization followed with openers that included Minus the Bear} and mewithoutYou}. ~ Johnny Loftus & Corey Apar, All Music Guide

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