Just one day after Thrice announced their indefinate hiatus, today I saw this come across my Twitter time line:
You can read the band's statement here.
It seems not THAT long ago I first heard "Full Collapse" - in a car on the way home from a Vermont boarding weekend in the early spring of 2001 and I was hooked. Mr. ChickPhilA's company was managing them at that time and what fun it was to see them grow from New Brunswick basement show band to being on the cover of magazines and having songs played on radio stations across the country.
Over the course of the next few years I was able to see them play countless live shows. From a tent (literally) at the 2001 Warped Tour in Camden, to sweaty, packed sing-a-longs at Irving Plaza. From a huge stage at Jones Beach (opening for Iggy Pop and Sonic Youth) to the annual homecoming shows around Christmas time with all my Jersey friends at Starland Ballroom. How about a state fairground (right along side "giant produce" ribbon winners)? Yep seen them in that setting too (Allentown, 2003).
I think my favorite show of their's, however, was in September of 2002 at the Electric Factory in Philly. It was the Plea for Peace tour stop in Philly and they headlined. The show also featured The (International) Noise Conspiracy and My Chemical Romance (it was the 1st time My Chem and Thursday shared a bill, after Geoff from Thursday produced their 1st record). We watched the show from the side of the stage and I unconsciously "drummed" along (aka pounded my leg like it was a snare drum) with my hand along to every song. I ended up with a bruised thigh because of it.
That's the kind of energy I always felt at their shows - I just couldn't stand still. I always would leave with no voice from screaming along, and a thigh in various states of bruising from "drumming" along.
The band is playing a few more shows to end out the year before really packing it up - notable dates in the area include tomorrow (11/23) at Irving Plaza in NYC, Dec 26 (holiday show) at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, and then they finish it off right here in Philadelphia at the TLA on December 30.