Formed two decades ago in New Brunswick, NJ, seminal post-hardcore act Thursday, who rose to fame in the early ’00s adjacent to the booming emo and pop punk scene, found a loyal and widespread fanbase after breakthrough 2001 effort Full Collapse. Channeling dark and earnest lyrical themes and a heavy, visceral, and driving musical style, the group managed to find a bridge of crossover appeal between the lighter, indie-influenced emo scene and fans looking for something packing a punch more akin to hardcore. After a lauded run, which saw their sound involve into more atmospheric and experimental territory throughout six full-length releases, the group disbanded in 2011, at the time plagued by personal difficulties.
After years of mixed signals, Thursday officially mounted a surprise return last year, performing at Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball fest, both Denver and Chicago Riot Fest outings, Austin’s Sound on Sound Fest, and two intimate hometown New Jersey shows to end the year, stressing that they only chose to return after mending fences, finding a way to operate on their own terms, and feeling assured that their decision felt organic and fan-driven, rather than a nostalgia grab. By all accounts the performances were phenomenal, and apparently the band are feeling truly whole again as well, as they’re currently in the midst of their first proper tour in years, which brings them to Nashville for the first time in years (we can’t even find evidence of their last Music City show) tonight, April 5 at Marathon Music Works. And, as if a Thursday reunion tour couldn’t get any more exciting, buzzy post-hardcore/screamo group Touché Amoré, celebrating a phenomenal new album, English alt/post-hardcore outfit Basement, who’ve become incredibly active since reuniting in 2014, and likeminded up and comers Wax Idols have been tapped for support, making this, perhaps, the show of the year for fans of punk and post-hardcore. It’s all ages and tickets are still available, so you’d be crazy to miss it!
Thursday, Touché Amoré, and Basement will perform tonight, April 5 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors), and tickets are available to purchase for $33 (or use code ‘NITR’ for $14 tickets).
After the show (or, if you’re just looking for a late night hang), Nashville Is The Reason are throwing the official afterparty at The Pub at The Basement East. Per usual, the DJ night/punk rock social will feature classic favorites ranging from emo to punk to hardcore, with guest DJ sets from Thursday’s Geoff Rickly and Tucker Rule. If you haven’t checked out NITR yet, you’re missing out. More low-key then some of the trendier emo nights popping up around the country, it’s simply a great opportunity to get nostalgic with some quality tunes, and hang with a lot of great people, often local musicians and industry folks.
Nashville Is The Reason, featuring guest DJ sets from Geoff Rickly and Tucker Rule, takes place tonight, April 5 at The Basement East. The party is 21+, gets started at 10 p.m. and runs late, and it’s totally FREE.