When I bought my ticket for the Disambiguation tour featuring Underoath and Thursday, I was thrilled that I was going to have the pleasure of seeing two of my favorite bands show off their respective talents on stage. After buying the VIP package to meet Underoath (which also included a collection of other nifty gifties from the band), I became the most excited I have ever been to attend a show. When I found out that I was one of the few lucky fans to receive a nice little gift from Thursday and the people at Epitaph records in the form of a trip onto Thursday’s bus and a sneak preview of what they are bringing to the table with their new album titled No Devolución, set to be released in April, I nearly passed out from the building excitment and anticipation. As the time finally came to meet out in front of the large white bus, I didn’t know what to expect going into the listening party. But as I stepped onto the bus and sat down with some of the guys in the band, I was left feeling ecstatic by the end result.
As the four other winners and myself entered the bus, we were greeted by drummer Tucker Rule and guitarist Steve Pedulla. After a quick hello and a little joking around here and there, we all sat down on the comfortable leather seats and jumped right in to listening as they started off by playing the first two tracks from the record titled “Fast to the End” and “No Answers” (“No Answers” being the band’s overall favorite track according to both Pedulla and Rule).
Right away these songs appear to reveal the overall ambience of the album. Moving along slowly, and almost ghostly, the airy vocals of Geoff Rickly float along with the erratic guitars and smooth drums. More singing and next to no screaming in these first two tracks exemplifies an overall softer tone to the opening of the record. It’s easy to see that Thursday decided to dive into a spacey, more atmospheric direction with this record. Case in point by the mistiness of these first two tracks, along with the public release of “Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart” earlier this month.
For those afraid that No Devolución will be completely void of any heavier, more frantic songs that Thursday are well known for, worry no more. The final track that they played for us was track number five, titled “Open Quotes.” Vocals keep the airyness, but the guitars and drums backing the vocals become very powerful and moving, as they hit me, the listener, incredibly hard in the best way imaginable. It’s clear that in this song, Thursday delivers an overall bigger sound that left me salivating for more. When the track finally ceased and I came to the realization that this was to be the last song played that night, I was left hoping and begging that they would play just one more song.
Departing the bus with more handshakes and warm smiles from all the band members lounging about, I could not help but feel that Thursday has done it again. I have only heard four songs from No Devolución, and I already feel that Thursday has produced another quality release and quite possibly an early album of the year contender.
Here’s to hoping that the rest of the record measures up to these first few songs!