In the midst of what Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly calls a "fantastic year" for the New Jersey modern rock troupe -- including the release of its sixth album, "No Devolucion -- the announcement of an indefinite hiatus less than two weeks ago came as a shock.
In a statement posted Nov. 22 at the group's web site, Rickly was quick to note that the New Jersey sextet has not had "any falling out and are still very close" and added that "I'm sure that we will continue to create, in some capacity, together." But he blames "personal difficulties" for the decision to put the group on ice.
"Things haven't been as easy for us on a personal level," Rickly, 32, wrote. "Without diving into detail, it's fair to say that this year has been an endless series of personal difficulties." He said that the band members have "talked about turning Thursday into something else: a non-profit, a band that only records sporadically, a collection of other projects. Underneath it all, the personal circumstances involved make it impossible to continue Thursday in the spirit that has made it special.
"So, we stop. For now, at least."
Rickly, meanwhile continues to work with United Nations, a punk rock "supergroup" whose membership is largely secret, though it's said to include members of Glassjaw, Head Automatica, Converge and made out of babies as well as comedians. The group is working on a third album, tentatively titled "The Dark Side of the UN."
Thursday, Maylene and the Songs of Disaster, Zech's Marquise and Native perform Saturday, Dec. 3, at the iLounge in Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Tickets for the original Eagle Theater show will be honored. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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