What Artist(s) Inspired Your Current Taste In Music? Cont.

So I saw the original blog post, and despite not being a DJ anymore, wanted to get in on the fun! I sent my thing to Melissa, and she told me to make it its own post. Without further adieu, here is the band and the explanation of how they inspired my current taste in music.

Thursday

When I was in middle school music was almost exclusively MxPx, NOFX, and Pennywise. If it didn’t sound like that I thought it was bullshit, basically. The first time I heard Thursday’s Full Collapse, I hated it. It was lofty, and nebulous; it didn’t get to the point; it didn’t act like it was working against anything—not that MxPx was working against anything—but my twelve-year-old mind was shockingly not always consistent. But I had a cut-out of an in-store flyer of theirs stuck on my agenda book because I liked bands and thought it looked cool and my social studies teacher commented on it and said it sounded like something she would like.

I went back home and re-listened to Full Collapse and everything changed. Music could be poetic but not whiny; it could be dense, but not baroque; it could have layers. Mind you, this was before Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and all those other singing and screaming bands. The closest type of band to Thursday style-wise at this point was Saetia (I guess? Come at me emo purists). This is 2001 and pre-9/11. The world was a very different place.

Every song on that album—save for “Wind Up” (I can’t think of a song deserves to have been left off an album more) is a gem and jar a wide range of thoughts and emotions when I listen to them to this day.

Thursday represents such a generational shift. The starting track starts off: “We’ll all look the same someday And even now the robot starts to think.” Ahead of the world being vastly more interconnected by the Internet and computers (Remember, this is the early 2000s. Not everyone owns a computer or even has access to the Internet) it was like Thursday was foreseeing a society that was more alienated from itself.

This album totally expanded what I thought music could, and should, be. It encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and be less dismissive of new music. It is easily the album I would point people to if they were interested in harder music (for lack of a better term). It’s accessible, yet opaque. Relatable and deep. It’s a series of contradictions. Thursday seemed to unite the hardcore scene, and then divide it upon the release of their next album. This band was a massive walking contradiction that did not receive the credit they deserved as musicians and was dismissed by a music scene that valued consistency over quality. Their last album—No Devolution (Which I reviewed for this blog, by the way)—is masterfully done, and got almost no attention for it.

It’s still very much a go-to record for me. I get jaded by a lot of music and listening to it gets me back on the ground.

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