Thursday - Kill the House Lights
I remember when Thursday was making plans for this release, they were spouting all kinds of absurd shit about how it was going to be a huge collaboration album featuring Jacob Bannon and Tim Kasher and a million other people (much like every Converge record is), which is a cool idea (much like Against Me! & Lucero’s abandoned idea for a collaborative split with both bands playing the songs together) and all, but something that’s never really been accomplished. Tim Kasher does show up here though, lending vocals to the stellar opener, “Ladies & Gentlemen, My Brother the Failure”. Other than that and “Dead Songs”, there’s not much offered here. Live versions of some fan favorites (but not that many), an alternate extended version of 2001’s “How Long is the Night”, a demo version of a song that would become “Time’s Arrow” from 2009’s surprisingly aggressive and consistent Common Existence. It’s a fan treat, an accompaniment for a live DVD release, a stopgap in a three-year absence from recording, a lead-up to their excellent split with Envy from two years back. The quality of the material isn’t bad, there just isn’t much of it there, but for Thursday die-hards (are there still any?) it’s a definite must-have.