After ditching their record label (Island Records) after their previous release, A City By The Light Divided was not received well by anyone, Thursday returned to their previous label, Chicago based Victory Records to release this retrospective CD/DVD package. Kill The House Lights features a few new songs, old demos, live tracks and even an alternative intro to the song “How Long is the Night.” Basically, whatever Victory Records could find in the archives with Thursday’s name on it was thrown on this album. The real reason to buy Kill The House Lights definitely proves to be the DVD. WIth the DVD showing the story of Thursday, from basements to big venues, it also details all the lineup changes and personalities of the band that mesh together their styles to form something that, at the time of their first and second releases, was extremely experimental and innovative for New Jersey’s growing music scene.
The DVD also features live concert footage during the documentary, as well as an additional 45 minute live concert in their hometown New Brunswick, NJ in 2006.
The new songs featured on Kill The House Lights are really similar to Thursday’s older releases, proving to be enjoyable, but out of place due to the 6 year time lapse between now, and Thursday’s most popular release, Full Collapse. However, since it is impossible to forget Thursday’s influence on the music industry, especially in New Jersey, and their habit of meshing genres and styles into musical masterpieces, we can forgive their last efforts, however last-minute they seem.
release date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007