While many people in Denver Monday night were busy thinking about Friday, those at the Summit Music Hall were busy thinking about Thursday, who took the stage along with their friends in Touché Amoré, Basement, and Cities Aviv. As musical signals began to rise over the air, the crowd was transcended into this rare space where authenticity and emotionality thrive. Artful and ardent, this tour is bound to make you feel long after the last note ends. Check out our photos their uniquely stirring performances.
In a world where artists and bands are living just to please, Basement are making music from a place of honesty and sincerity. It comes as no surprise that their sound is rooted in 90’s DIY punk and grunge; Two forms of music that are musical expression at its most guttural. Live, Basement are just as cool and composed as they are on record, sending sound waves of gloomy goodness into the air. A sort of eerie comfort will overcome you as they perform. It’s almost like you are experiencing the changing in the tides. One minute you are wading within calm waters during songs like “Aquasun”. The next you are in dark turbulent waters with songs like “Covet”. You can’t help but dive completely into their stormy-yet-serene performance.
In a world that constantly makes us question what’s true or not, Touché Amoré are a breath of much needed fresh air with their emotionally exposed and unapologetically honest music. When you hear their work, not only will you believe them, but you will also feel them. And if you think their records make you feel something, wait until you see them live. Their show in Denver may have been pleasing to the ears, but it was much more than that… It was nourishing to the soul. And I know, that sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s true.
Much of Touché Amoré’s set was composed of their most recent record, Stage Four, which is one of their most moving releases to date. On record, you can hear every layer of emotion that Jeremy Bolm felt during the recording and writing of the album. Live, it affects you even more as he pours that very emotion into his performance. Opening up the set was “Flowers and You”, which chimed out delicately. Amongst a rhythmic hum of music, Jeremy Bolm expressively called out with conviction, “I’m heartsick and well rehearsed, Highly decorated with a badge that reads “It could be worse”, So prideful I choose to live in disguise with a levee set for my heavy eyes”. Poetically, he moves across the stage; His body language just as avid as his words. In that moment, we were immersed in Touché Amoré’s performance, which was already off to a beautiful, heart-wrenching start.
Though the entirety of their set left you breathless, one particular moment shone through in “Displacement” that I haven’t been able to forget about since I left the show that night. Jeremy reached up towards the ceiling and poured every ounce of his being into his words as he cried, “But I know she’s looking out for me, The way she said she would”. Honestly, I have never heard someone deliver a lyric so purely or so powerfully. That moment, in particular, will shake you to your very core. For those who have had similar experiences with loss, it will hit you hard, but it’s a reminder that you aren’t alone. As Touché Amoré continued to let you in throughout the remainder of their set, sadly we reached the end with “~” off their highly-acclaimed record, “Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me”. Catharsis seemed to fill Touché Amoré’s souls as they performed their last track of the night. Clocking in under two minutes, “~” is proof that though Touché Amoré’s songs are short, their impact is everlasting.
You know that one friend you go several years without seeing, but the minute you reconnect it’s like no time has passed at all? That’s what it feels like to see Thursday in concert for the first time since their disbandment in 2011; Six long years have gone by, but like an old friend, you welcome them with open arms. Suddenly, you are back to way things used to be, reminiscing on all the memories and times you’ve shared together. The venue killed the house lights, initiating further excitement as a mass of shadows took the stage. Lights illuminated the triumphant figures in front of us; Their faces already greeting us with warm smiles. Circuits of fever sparked within our brains as Thursday took us beyond the visible spectrum and into their artfully crafted and sonically-impressive world.
A flood of memories bombarded us as “For The Workforce, Drowning” came roaring in. Geoff Rickly sang in his signature angsty, emotive tone, “Falling from the top floor your lungs fill like parachutes, windows go rushing by, people inside dressed for the funeral in black and white”. For many of us who just got done drowning in that mundane 9-5, Thursday were sending us all a lifeline with their powerful anthem. “The Other Side Of The Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)” came speeding in after, causing the room to spin out of control. At this velocity, Thursday were set on igniting the Summit Music Hall on fire with their seemingly endless passion. The crowd, in turn, responded with vigor as they adamantly sang every world along with Geoff and banged their heads ferociously to the beat. Over the night, you couldn’t help but marvel at their performances during songs like “The Other Side Of The Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)”, which were full of life and anticipation.
The one thing that really excited me was the fact that Thursday chose to celebrate all eras of their career from their earlier days with Full Collapse and songs like, “Understanding In A Car Crash”, to their last released album, No Devolución, with songs like “No Answers”, showing just how important every record is to them. It also allowed fans to relive their journey with a band that has had such a profound effect on their lives. It’s rare that you are a part of something that is just as important for the band as it is for the fans, making it an all-around exhilarating experience. Thursday are one of those bands that influenced a generation, and whether they like or not, they have become something of an icon. There is something so undeniable, tangible, and accessible to what they do, allowing them to capture the hearts of anyone who listens to them.
When Thursday announced their disbandment in 2011, they left a hole in the music world. In turn, that created this intense desire for their music in a time that was sadly leading us all to believe that there would be no return. In the end, whether they make more albums or not, it’s enough to see Thursday enjoying music together again on a full-fledged, headlining tour. The last call and second encore, “Turnpike Divides” punched out, closing the curtain on their glorious set. Soon after, they headed off stage to the roar of a raving crowd that was just happy to see them lighting up the stage again.
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