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Interview:
Thursday Frontman Has His Eye On Tomorrow
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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New Jersey hardcore rock sextet Thursday is on its fifth album and still in the relatively early phase of its career. But frontman Geoff Rickly is already looking ahead to a time when the group will be slowing down.

“Yeah, definitely in the next five years,” says Rickly, whose group recently released the album “Common Existence.” “I’m turning 30 this year. Definitely in the next five years I want to start having kids, and once that happens, I don’t think I’ll want to be on the road. Tim (Payne), our bass player, has two kids and it totally tears him up when we go on the road.

“So I love the idea of doing as much of this as I can now, ‘cause I know someday I really won’t, or won’t be able to do this. It’s one of the best things in my life, so I want to get a few more tours in before I deal with the rest of my life.”

Thursday’s first road trip for “Common Existence” is a big one; the group is headlining this year’s Taste of Chaos tour, a winter outing put on by the organizers of the summer Vans Warped Tour. Rickly says that the audience is “the same kids that go to Warped Tour ... maybe even younger,” but he finds a different kind of energy in these shows.

“It doesn’t have an all-day, festivaltype feel, obviously,” he explains. “By the end of the night, kids are totally, totally wiped (out), though — so that’s like Warped Tour.

“I can see that the peak of the energy comes towards the end of the band before us. The whole beginning of our set is really good, but I can see by the halfway mark, the energy starts to flag. We have one slower song in the middle, and I can see the kids are totally toasted by then.”



Thursday headlines the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Four Year Strong, Bring Me the Horizon, Cancer Bats and Pierce The Veil also perform. Tickets are $21.50. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www,livenation.com

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