Five Stories Fallingby Thursday
The release of Thursday's Five Stories Falling EP offered a convincing argument for the New Brunswick, NJ, band's status as true comers in the hardcore rock hierarchy and unequivocally proved their mastery at creating tumultuous, anthemic emo-rock, built upon a fiercely confrontational affront and a melodic subtextual base. Albeit, Cure influences are readily palpable throughout (most apparent in the leadoff track, "Autobiography of a Nation"), the five-cut disc (featuring four live tracks from their 2001 Full Collapse CD, and one unreleased studio recording) showed Thursday's astonishing ability to completely captivate a live audience while also allowing for a fully realized demonstration of their cathartic guitar-heavy sound, replete with sentimental takes on impending death ("Standing on the Edge of Summer") and unreserved, freely vented rage ("Jet Black New Year").
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- Victory Records
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The first four tracks here are live from the Warped Tour when they hit New Jersey (Thursday's [and mine] home state). The sounds quality is okay considering it's a live outdoor concert but what I really bought this EP for was Jet Black New Year. It's the song that made me fall in love with Thursday to begin with. This EP is for completists mainly, but if you've never heard of 'em and you like screamo/emo/etc, give it a chance, you won't be dissapointed. (Side note: At first I thought the price was a bit too high for a EP but the CD did come with an additional mini comp of sorts, a cd with about 5 tracks from other Victory Records labelmates including a video for each band as well. Not too shabby.)