Thursday at Amplified Live in Dallas, TX

Thursday @ Amplified Live, Dallas | Photo by Jeff Anderson

Thursday took to the stage on Thursday night in Dallas with support from Cursive, The Appleseed Cast, and Nate Bergman. 

Nate Bergman started the night off singing acapella and playing acoustic songs. His first song was a cover of Higgs and Wilson’s “There’s A Reward.” In between songs, Nate joked about how he messed up because his solo career started March 1st, 2020. His first tour was in Sweden when the lockdown actually started and he was stuck over there for five weeks so he used the time to write a lot of the songs he is playing on this tour. “Ode to Manchester” is about the motel in Sweden that let him stay there for free during the pandemic because he was the only person in the hotel other than the workers. He ended the set by thanking Thursday for taking him out on this run and how it would be odd not getting this tour since he has a Thursday falling dove tattoo. 

The Appleseed Cast brought a nice mix of emo mixed with alternative. The setlist was short and sweet being just seven songs long. The band is from Lawrence, KS, and has a very unique sound. It’s indie mixed with ambient drones and loud swells of reverb. They are a band to just watch and listen to while taking in all of the sounds. 

Cursive was direct support for Thursday. They are a blend of post-hardcore and emo. What was awesome is that as the night went on the music got heavier and heavier blurring the lines between acoustic, indie, ambient, emo, and post-hardcore. Cursive started by stating “it’s hard to believe this tour is finally happening. This whole tour had been postponed and rescheduled even while it was going on.” They are happy to finally be getting to the last few dates of it so they can continue writing a new record. They played a new song from said record and lead singer Tim Kasher stated, “This song is going to be on our new album. It may come out in 2022 or 202,3 who knows.” They made sure to play fan-favorites such as “Botch Job,” “The Recluse,” and finished off the night with “A Gentleman Caller.” 

Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly took to the stage with his leg up using a scooter to get to center stage. A mere two weeks ago, he had surgery on his tibia after falling off a stage at the end of their set, but that doesn’t slow him down one bit. The band touched on five albums of theirs and played a cover as well.

The band started with “For The Workforce, Drowning” from the album War All Of The Time, followed by “The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control).” About a third of the through the set, everyone except drummer Tucker Rule and Singer Geoff Rickly leave the stage, and they play the very slow and dramatic “This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb.” Singer Geoff Rickly did the full album version, modifying his vocals by pulling the microphone far away so it sounded like he was falling from the sky. Everyone came back out and seamlessly transitioned into “Fast To The End” from their last studio album No Devolución which came out in 2011.

Midway through the set, the band played a cover of “If It’s Here When We Get Back It’s Ours” by Texas Is The Reason. Norman Brannon from Texas Is The Reason is currently filling in on guitar duties on this tour. In between songs, singer Geoff Rickly was in fine joking form since he was kind of immobile with the scooter. He joked about how “some people here were just forced to be there by a spouse, like at an emo night they don’t want to be at, but get happy when they hear ‘Understanding in a Car Crash.'”

When it came time for the encore, the band just stayed on the stage. Rickly stated, “Guys, I’m going to be 100 percent honest with you here. There is a ramp at that end of the stage, and if I go down it on this scooter, I probably will not make it back up so we are all just going to hang out here a minute and then play two songs about New Jersey.” The band then finished with two of their most popular songs, “Division Street” and “War All The Time.” 

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Jeff is located in Dallas, TX and has been photographing concerts since late 2009. His main musical tastes are metal, rock, pop punk and pretty much all music. He is comfortable covering small intimate gigs up to full day festivals. When he is not photographing, he is usually cooking at home or traveling with his wife.