Asbury Park, New Jersey (August 24th, 2018) – On an almost autumnal night, a crowd began to gather outside the Asbury Lanes, anxiously awaiting to scream along with local legends Thursday. The New Brunswick post-hardcore rockers brought along Denver, Colorado’s DeVotchKa to open up their second of four 20th anniversary shows at the Lanes. Thursday alternated the shows by playing their seminal albums Full Collapse on the first and third nights and War All the Time on the second and fourth. This night belonged to War All the Time.
DeVotchKa warmed up the crowd as if they were the “calm” before the storm. Their set was filled with energy and enthusiasm as the band was celebrating the release of their first album in seven years, This Night Falls Forever. DeVotchKa didn’t just play rock n roll and do the typical “band thing”, they showed that they are true musicians. Bassist Jeanie Schroder switched from an upright bass to a sousaphone while violinist Tom Hagerman switched from the violin to an accordion. While their set was mostly comprised of songs off of This Night Falls Forever, DeVotchKa threw in some of their classics like “Till The End Of Time”, famously from the movie Little Miss Sunshine, and “The Clockwise Witness.” DeVotchKa may not be a punk band but they played what and how they wanted to, which is as punk as punk can get.
Thursday kicked off the second night of their residency in Asbury Park with their song “For The Workforce, Drowning” to which the already amped crowd went wild. The sold-out venue was packed wall to wall with fans that have been with Thursday since their inception and those who recently found out about them, all equally screaming along to Geoff Rickley and co. The intimate shows were to celebrate the band hitting their 20th year mark and the choice to play War All the Time and Full Collapse was simple, they “decided to take the two albums that defined [their] legacy and play them in their entirety.” Thursday tore through War All the Time briefly stopping to dedicate songs “Division St.” and “M. Shepard” to feminism and members of the LGBTQ community respectively. Thursday have always been aware of the world around them as each song on War All the Time proves and manages to stand the test of time. The band closed out the night with fan favorites “Jet Black New Year” and “Turnpike Divides” while blasting off confetti cannons like all good party hosts do.