Thursday - Five Stories Falling (Cover Artwork)


Thursday: Five Stories FallingFive Stories Falling (2002)
Victory Records

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I never really liked Thursday. With all the hype surrounding them since the release of Full Collapse I figured I would pick up the aforementioned LP. I thought it blew. I still think it blows. They sound like At the Drive-In with a singer who can't stay in key. Then I listened to their latest ef.
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I never really liked Thursday. With all the hype surrounding them since the release of Full Collapse I figured I would pick up the aforementioned LP. I thought it blew. I still think it blows. They sound like At the Drive-In with a singer who can't stay in key.

Then I listened to their latest effort "Five Stories Falling", and something clicked. There's an undeniable energy about the live tracks that really draws me in. It seems to me that singer Geoff Rickley's voice has really improved (even though the chorus is shrieked out of key on "Standing on the Edge of Summer") from Full Collapse, which especially shows on the new track "Jet Black New Year".

"Paris in Flames" and "Autobiography of a Nation" are the standout live tracks on the EP especially when they scream the opening lines of the disc, "WRITE THESE WORDS BACK DOWN!"

The studio track is nothing short of breath taking. If this is the new Thursday, I'm listening. They have definitely grown as a band and adopted a harder, more concentrated sound.

One of my major problems with their sound before was that it seemed as though they were trying too hard to have weird breakdowns, and most of the time they didn't fit.

Like in Cross Out the Eyes when they try to break down into "it was the first time face to face" it seemed as though they forgot what song they were playing, only to launch back into the screamed chorus of "CROSS OUT THE EYES!". Do I like it when bands try different things? Yes. I am not saying bands shouldn't branch out and try things like Thursday has done in the past, but I always thought that the conception and the execution by thursday never quite matched up. Like they wanted it to come out a certain way and they missed horribly.

They succeed everywhere they used to fail with the new song "Jet Black New Year". The break downs fit perfectly, even when changing keys and tempos, it just seems to blend so much better than ever before. I especially love the countdown at the end, pure and utter mastery.

Thursday, in my opinion, is a band on the brink of genius. A band that is, as I am writing this review, reaching their full potential as musicians.

I look forward to hearing the new full length which I have heard will be out early next year. If it is at all following the example set by "Five Stories Falling", it should be a masterpiece.


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Record slays

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

i love Jet Black New Year. its an awesome song. one of the best.

Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

Thursday just really seems like a one trick poney. They're the gateway drug for pop punk kids to get into hardcore. They're marijuana if Refused is opium and Dillinger Escape Plan is crack. But anyway, I'm not one of those anti-corporate guys but it just seems awfully anti-DIY to have to pay 10 bucks for 5 songs, when 4 of them are on full collapse (which is usually about 10 dollars) and there's just one new song. PLUS there is a bountiful amount of live thursday mp3s floating around the internet, AND thursday always talks about how people should burn their cds so why would you buy this?ryan (savingboyw@aol.com)

Anonymous (November 2, 2002)

what the hell is wrong with gaps in your teeth? i have one. anyway blah blah blah, blah. you guys are really beating this shit to death. the fact is, you can download the new songs or not. it depends on if you like live songs, and if you want to spend your money on them or not. suck it

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

Jet Black New Year sucks.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

This is pop rock and it sounds like they went overboard with the protools.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

I'd be so pissed if I was Thursday and Victory put a cd of their other bands in my record. I think thats just shitty.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

Why waste 10 bucks on a 4 live, 1 new song EP when you can go to Mickey D's dollar menu and get like 10 things!!! Anyway, I downloaded the song and its ok but not enough to praise this band.


P.S. I thought ATDI refrences were not to be used on this site. Oh well.

lockdown59 (October 31, 2002)

"Jet Black New Year" is one of my favorite songs of this year. and yes, if their Island Debut sounds like that, I'il buy 2! Thursday is indeed the best live band I have seen thus far. At plea for peace (which was great, kudos to all bands), they had the most energy and got the best crowd response. geoff nearly took some heads off swinging the mic though.

by the way, are there now officially 6 thursday members?

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

What losers ' Thursday sounds like At The Drive In. ' ' Thursdays an At The Drive In rip off band. ' ' I dont like Thursday cause of their hair cuts ' Cry me a fucking river you assholes. This is a REVIEW OF A CD. This isn't for what you think they sound or iif you like them or not. I know half the people that have posted and said Thursday sucks, havent heard Five Stories Falling. So please fuck off, got a problem with it? Too Bad.

Anyways This was a good cd. Though it only had 5 songs, the 5 songs are well played live and Jet Black New Year is a huge progression for Thursday. The Bonus disc is pretty cool too. It was well worth 10$.

Aol - LostinsilinceXx

Argue with me if you want its always nice to make a friend threw a arguement.

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

This is for the sick fuck who said that thursday should be shot by the sniper: Fuck you,you mindless idiot,go suck off your dad!Cumstain!

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

Hey, I heard the new Sum-41 song. It sounds totally different from their other stuff.Faster and harder. Oh yeah, Thursday rocks.

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

Why hasn't anyone commented on the extra disc that comes with the CD? I thought the Thursday disc, plus the video disc, was worth the $9.00.

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

i dont like thursday.. i think its something about their hair cuts that pisses me off.

punkcorekid (October 31, 2002)

Thursday are an awesome band and for what some people mistake as bad music is talent. If you don't like Thursday, don't comment and how much you don't like them and bad mouth them. Just simply say "I don't like Thursday (state your reason why you don't like them)" then say "It was a good/bad review." Don't sit here and bad mouth a great band, if you don't like them, fine. But they are great and that's all there is to it.

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

First off I would like to say that all the people who truly hate this band because they dont like their sound then I commend you however there are way too many people on this board who say that Thursday sucks because of a little thing called popularity. now my belief is if you can make money doing what you love without changing the person you are then more power to you. If you get popular and forget youre identity and change your entire self including your attitude and more importantly the music you play then thats where it becomes a problem. Im looking in your direction Blink 182. So if you hate Thursday because they are going to Island records fine, but show me proof that they have forgotten about their fans, the way they play music, or their way of thinking.

Second thing on the list: Thursday for the last time does not sound like ATDI. No one that displays a post on this board regaurding this comment has made a valid point. None. Prove me wrong people. Yes they have certain elements they feed off of eachother. Very few though and not distinct.

Third- Nice review of the record. No we didnt need two but it happens too often where you dont see someone has reviewed it already. So people please settle down.

Fourth- Has anyone heard the new Sum 41 song because I never thought I would say this but its not that bad folks. Way better then their other piece of shit record. But seriously its kind of suprising. -SideLinedForLife

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

"oh yea.. thursday.. they're like this really cool band from jersey.. the next at the drive in or something. its cool- they all have great haircuts and wear blue jeans with like tight tshirts.. just keeping it real. you should check them out"

overheard in virgin megastore today.. thought it was worth a post

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

you are all assholes

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

michael stipe dances around weirder than Geoff does and he is considered a legend and is respected in all musical circles. what the fuck does dancing around have anything to do with their music?

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

how would telling the kids to buy the cd at shows be redemption when he already tells the kids to download it and not bother to pay for it?

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)


Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

ummm ok,
I'm glad everyone liked my opinion and thought it to be valid, well educated and unbiased. You guys really are the most open minded individuals here at punknews.org. ok enough sarcasm.
I'll be the first to admit i'm a cynical asshole, so on and so forth but no one can ignore the obvious.
Thursday as a band should be contractually allowed to set the prices for their records. Especially one such as this. The Clash did it for years as did Minor Threat to name a few. I hope Geoff tells everyone not to buy the thing at shows because that would be working towards redemption in these eyes.
As for the live antics of the member with the best haircut, I've seen them four times now and everytime it looks more and more ridiculous. Maybe the kid likes to prance around on stage in such an emotional way, if so more power to him but when he starts doing sign language and other gestures to make the girls (s)cream than of course you have to drop the NKOTB reference. Bravo for Geoff for doing his research and fiding the proven way to make kids spend 10 dollars.
This may seem like complete bullshit to everyone else but it just seems like so many bands like this come and go and all these super fans just don't seem to see what I see. well fuck me than i say. glad to see i brought about a little more hate on this thing since it was the last thing i really wanted to do.
the voice of reason and elitist bullshit

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

"Geoff is only telling people to download it instead of buying it because they're not on Victory anymore - why put any more money in their pockets? " I heard Geoff say the download thing along time ago when they were still on, and happy with victory records. And thursday sounds nothing like fugazi. So that wouldn't make sense that most of you say thursday copied atdi, and atdi copied fugazi. Try it in a equation, it flat doesn't work. And probably none of what I just said makes any sense, oh well.

zim_nation (October 30, 2002)

what riffs did he "rip-off"? name one. I don't hear it.

projectaudicide (October 30, 2002)

I am just posting to respond to the guy who said "why do we need to reviews for one mediocre song?"

Honestly, we don't. I wrote this review the day the ep came out, and it didn't get put up until well afterward.

Anyhoo, THURSDAY DOES SOUND LIKE AT THE DRIVE-IN! Their guitarist ripped alot of the spacey riffs on Full Collapse off of At the Drive-In's In/Casino/Out.

Yes, they are way crappier, and they change it up, but in my opinion thats the sound they are going for.

Of course no one can touch ATDI, don't be stupid... I wasn't saying that.

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

Well, naysayers be damned! For all you people out there saying the "live tracks suck" on this EP, Geoff apparently agrees. Last night at the show, a great one by the way, he said that most so-called "live" albums are really just taped to sound live in the studio, whereas their's is actually live. In any case, what these tracks do succeed in is conveying the intensity and heart of these guys live.

Furthermore, they played a killer set, as per usual, and peformed "Jet Black New Year," a song that you could tell left the crowd in awe. Let me just say if you think it sounds amazing on the EP, you gotta hear it live!

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

I like how we can go through the likes of Fugazi, Thursday, At the Drive In and New Kids on the Block in one review.

I guess this was just a "contract obligation" release. Not really too interesting or exciting really.

maverick (October 30, 2002)

Geoff is only telling people to download it instead of buying it because they're not on Victory anymore - why put any more money in their pockets?

I still think this new song is just okay.


punky (October 30, 2002)

Great review...it took me a while to get into Jet black New Year, but it was worth it.

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

as far as the dumbshit who says thursday is putting this out to make money.......ive seen them 6 times, and at each show since they've started having mtv play, Geoff has encouraged the crowd to download their shit rather than pay for it. now if you call that greedy, you must be pretty fucking confused.

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

oh wait, you people actually paid for this one new song? hi, i'd like to introduce you to the INTERNET. have you met? i think you should talk. fuck the RIAA, and fuck poor releases.

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

does this make sense to everyone else?

just because a band was the first band to experiment in a new sound, that doesn't necissarily mean they are the best band to do it... i mean, god, you got your stupid beetles people who are like "the beetles invented rock" yea well i don't think they rock too much, i give them credit and all for what they did for music, but really i don't think it's much or they are anything to shit your pants over....

and it's like judy funny said on an episode of "Doug" "we're all ripping off someone else"

zim_nation (October 29, 2002)

As a comment to the guy/girl below who complained about Thursday making us all pay $10 for only one new song...remember that it's Victory who put this out. If your band was signed to a major, would you want to let your former label have distribution rights to your new material? This was smart on Thursday's part. If you're really that pissed about it, wait for the full length.

On the other hand, most of the comments here are negative toward the band anyway, so why are you worried about where people who like the band are spending their money?

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

I thought this EP was pretty good. Jet Black New Year is a good song, and all the other songs have more energy then they did on the album.
Also will you people stop saying that Thursday sounds like atdi? You all sound pretty lame repeating eachother, making unessesary comments about Thursday. And Geoffs voice maybe different but he sings alot better then alot of singers ive heard... Geddy Lee, Tom Delong, Dani Filth ect...

BostonMusicGuy (October 29, 2002)

So this site needs 2 reviews for one ok song? 2 that say the exact same thing pretty much huh. Not complaining really... just saying its a little unneccassary.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

ok first of all how exactly is it that you know that this is all a show, that its not real emotion but just a rehearsed act live?
second theyre not just releasing this ep to make money. i doubt they will even make much money off it. much more money comes from touring and merch sales than from cds. i am actually happy that they released something before the new album. if u read in the booklet one of the stories talks about the troubles they have had writing new material and the conflict between the group. thats why there isnt that much new stuff. and whats so bad about the live tracks, i like them. if u dont want to spend the money then dont buy it. or burn it, ive seen the band endorse that kinfd of thing.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Congratulations to the guy below me. You have no idea what your talking about. *applause*

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

uh ok i've never posted on this before so be patient.
I can't believe Thursday got away with this marketing scheme for all you scenester kids out there. They charge you 10 dollars for one new track which is pretty mediocre(i'll get to that) and a bunch of live tracks to prove to all the die hard fans how "raw" they are. No matter what your lips stay tightly wrapped around Geoff's phallus. While the rest of you clean the food between the huge gap in his teeth. Ridiculous.
This just seems like blashphemy, as if a band who honestly gives a shit about putting out good music would try this retard shit. I would figure the biggest fans would join in with the nay sayers to reject this gift wrapped peice of shit. Contractual obligation or not they could have just rereleased the first album or put out a greatest hits album at least let the good people know that your just trying to move in on to bigger and better pay checks.
I've seen the band live and all the overwhelmingly cute heart felt, hard core indie stage presence was nothing short of rehearsed. The overall sound of the band was good although they looked like the might be posing for a hot topic ad. Geoff on the other hand looked like an emo Jim Morrison with hand gestures that would make even the most flaming homosexual shriek in jealousy. I think he might have even stolen some moves from Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. It was a show alright, a show put on not out of honest feeling an intense performance but put on two make all you kids go buy a 10 dollar e.p. with on new track.
As for this new jem. I've heard the recording and I heard it live on the Plea for Peace a few days ago. The only thing I really liked about the thing was the guitar part and they generally have good guitar parts in the songs thanks to that big fat guy who sits in the back of the stage and just plays the songs. kudos to him. You can tell he is the brains of the operation. Geoff sounds pretty flat and the screaming of Jet Black sounds like the Old Woman demon on Evil Dead 2. horrible.
I've got to say i like the cover art on the ep. It might look artsy but it shows them for who they truly are thats for sure. mannequins how perfect. pehapr you could find the same dolls in your local hot topic. They are the New Kids on The Block of the heart-core scene. I wonder if the keyboard player is more like Jordan or Donny. Oh well I could go on but i'd rather not. enjoy.
the voice of reason

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

fuck i love both of those bands. the only reason why people call thursday an at the drive-in rip off is because they like to name drop the "in" band from 2 years ago so that they sound cool. its fucking lame. both of them were/are good bands. and both are different.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

At The Drive In rules, but they sound nothing like Thursday....At The Drive In were intense.....Thursday tries to be intense, but ends up looking like a screaming boy band.

chimericalburst (October 29, 2002)

guys, honestly, if you're a self righteous shit with nothing positive or interesting to say, don't spout idiocy. we have a large corporate owned media that has that shit on lockdown. making unsubstantiated claims about a band's style with no support is a waste of my time. if you're going to say something, say something of substance.


p.s. "everybody wanna talk like they got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a buncha gibberish and muthafucka act like they forgot about dre."

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

how exactly does atdi sound so much like thursday, i love both bands but they are really not that similar. atdi's sound is a lot less conventional id say than thursday's. their singers sound completely different, atdi does not really scream all that much in their songs, their lyrics are totally different, the feel of the music is just differnt, atdi has a more "fun" sound thursday has a more sad and emotional sound, the guitar is also a lot different, theyre not really all that much alike

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

i think thrusday sound like a really lousy version of at the drive in.. sorry if you think different. atdi were cool.. thursday should be shot. in the head. by the next sniper. thursday sucks. victory sucks. island def jam sucks. oh yea.. thursday sucks.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Still, there are plenty of great bands who are Fugazi rip-offs...i.e. Cursive, ATDI, Q and not U...

matter of fact, if more bands ripped off Fugazi instead of New Found Glory, music might not suck so much


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

at the drive-in is a Fugazi rip-off so everybody who speaks of them like gods should shut the fuck up.

and they are my favorite band. but i can be honest about what they are.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

At The Drive In and Thursday are very good in their own way. Very good. But people they sound nothing and I mean nothing alike. I wish people would get over with that stupid conversation.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Stop insulting At The Drive-in by comparing Thursday to them.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

'course not!

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

First "New Noise" and now Tool, christ, is nothing sacred?


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Aiight, I really like thursday, and especially the, er, new song, but it makes me think "tool", not ATDI or anything. I'm probably alone on this one, but it sounds like they're slowly progressing to become tool, undertow era.

zim_nation (October 29, 2002)

I'm really into Thursday, and have been into At the Drive In even longer...and where exactly are people drawing a comparison?

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Wohooo this release kicks ass. I enjoy, it twas a good DL.


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Did not like them before, downloaded "Jet Black....whatever", still don't like em. Put down the crackpipe kids, this ain't rockin.


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

It's been a long time for these guys hailing from New Jersey to release a record. Last year their debut full length succeeded in creating a stellar release. Its was witty and original despite the cries of a copy cat version of At the Drive In. Getting to the top ten list of several people it won its spot as a exceptional cd. Now the waiting is over as this new cd will be the last on Victory for the soon to be major labelers, but who wants a five song ep with four live tracks and one new song. One new moment to enjoy the young talented band. One song. One chance to prove Thursday is truly a machine out of control.

As I was saying there are four live tracks consisting of your favorites: "Autobiograghy of a Nation," Understanding in a Car Crash," "Standing on the Edge of Summer," and the always intense "Paris in Flames." In whole these songs are well recorded live songs. At a few points in the disc you can't hear whats being said, but of course that is live folks take it or leave it.

Understanding in a Car Crash is sang a little faster at times then normal which gives you more of the live feel. Another point about the live songs would be an unusual part at the end of Understanding in a Car Crash where the music kind of changes and new lyircs are added. A short but excellent addition.

The moment everyone is waiting for, and the main reason people will puchase this record. The song "Jet Black New Year" just became my favorite Thursday song. Why? Because its different, innovative, moving, extremely intense, and plain fucking amazing. This song is quite possibly worth all ten dollars I dished out for this record, and if this is going to be the new Thursday then they are on their way to being a band of influence if not already. The first part of the song is a fast palm muted riff, with the drums kicking in seconds later with a swift break neck pace. It builds up into one of the sweetest intros I've ever heard. When the vocals start up they are sung loud over the music with layered guitars. The singing echos which puts you in a trance. The part that is the best about hsi song is the screaming chant of "jet black." Its quite possibly the most chilling scream I have heard.

I gave Full Collapse last year five stars and a lot of rotation. This cd exceeds my expectations for a five song ep with blasting live tracks and one new song. One new moment to enjoy the young talented band. One song. One chance to prove Thursday is truly a machine out of control. One song that blew up my world.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

a ten for the review.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

ill second that. thursday bums me out.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

First "this band sucks" post.

chimericalburst (October 29, 2002)

you need to stop listening to nickelback. or earth crisis.


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

You need to get some better music.

chimericalburst (October 29, 2002)

jet black new year is the best song i've heard this decade so far.


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