Seminal Post Hardcore band Thursday have big ambitious plans for 2018 to celebrate their 20th year as a band!The New Jersey sextet who released six records, since their formation in 1997and enjoyed cumulative worldwide sales of over three million units before disbanding in 2011 originally reformed (at two days notice) in 2016 to play the Sound on Sound Festival in Atlanta, although in typical Thursday fashion, it was the charitable element of their performance that enticed them and not the almighty dollar. After triumphant appearances at Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago, 2016 was topped off with magical (sold out) home coming shows at their spiritual home of The Starland Ballroom in NJ.In 2017, the band undertook a successful 24 date headline tour of the USA with Touche Amore and Basement in tow, as support. Never afraid to wear their hearts (or their politics) on their sleeves the band criss-crossed the USA performing under two sidebanners that read‘Refugee’s Welcome Here’ and 'Protect Immigrant Communities’in open defiance of the atrocious politics facing their immigrant brothers and sisters. This outspoken stance not surprisinglygarnered both controversy and respect, two notions long synonymous with Thursday. The band also went on to headline the Northside festival in Brooklyn to a record-breaking crowd. Don’t call it a comeback and don’t call it nostalgia, the band’s singer Geoff succinctly summarizes their reunion:‘This coming year, we are going to take the show across all the cities andcountries that embraced us so thoroughly "back in the day." You can probably guess a few of them.The problem with nostalgia, and memory in general, is that it's a destructive process. Much like recording over the same cassette, again and again, the quality degrades with each pass. Put in a modern way, our memory is like a hard drive: the more you try to fit on it, the further it compresses, lowering the quality of the new memory and the original experience, too.
Rather than endlessly overwriting the original experiences that we shared with so many of you, we've been discussing how and when to wrap up this trip downmemory lane. In the next year, we'll be announcing our international tours as well as a final group of dates in the US, that will be totally unlike anything we've ever attempted to do.Beyond that, we will only return in the event of new music. And new music will only come if we feel it's truly inspired and adds a new dimension to the band. In our humble opinions, there are only a few bands that have put out records worth coming back for. Bands like Portishead and MBV.We have loved every minute of these shows. We look forward to 2018 and everything it brings.
•Tom Keeley –lead guitar, backing vocals
•Tim Payne –bass guitar
•Geoff Rickly–lead vocals
•Tucker Rule –drums
•Steve Pedulla –rhythm guitar, backing vocals
•Andrew Everding –keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
Formed in 1997 by Ray Harkins (vocals), Chad Tafolla (guitar), Dan Baird (guitar), Nick Beard (bass), and Troy Born (drums), this Orange County, California-based melodic hardcore band enjoyed critical acclaim but only modest success during its eight-year performing career. Their early demo material was released via the small Here We Are Records label, and led indirectly to a contract with the Canadian independent Goodfellow Records. The Finding Solace In Dissension EP and the album And They Slept followed at the start of the new millennium. Both releases met with strong acclaim on the US hardcore scene, with comparisons made to the knotty alternative rock of pioneering bands such as At The Drive-In and Glassjaw.
Born was replaced by Juan Pereda at the end of 2001 and Baird by Erik Bensberg the following summer. Despite a formidable live reputation and a growing cult following, Taken chose to disband in 2004 after a series of emotional farewell concerts and the release of Between Two Unseens. Harkin went on to form Mikoto and Beard joined post-hardcore unit Circa Survive. 14 years later, in 2018, Taken came back with a new release consisting in an 5 track EP entitled With Regards To, via L.A based label Other People Records.