Between jumping from indie Victory Record to Island and back again, scoring MTV and radio play, having demos stolen in 2005, going on hiatus, and the lead singer getting his nose smashed in, New Jers

Between jumping from indie Victory Record to Island and back again, scoring MTV and radio play, having demos stolen in 2005, going on hiatus, and the lead singer getting his nose smashed in, New Jersey hard rock troupe Thursday have had a tumultuous time of it for the last few years. But the new CD/DVD set of unreleased material and live tracks, "Kill the House Lights" (Oct. 30, Victory) captures the essence of the band's five studio albums at their raw, live best. With in concert portions recorded at a pair of late December shows near Thursday's New Jersey hometown during their grueling 2006 tour.

With the release of "Kill the House Lights" and an upcoming fall tour in support of the set )Alaskan psych-rock band Portugal. The Man will open), Billboard had a chat with drummer Tucker Rule about road-related injuries, emo and the band's lost and found.


Does the band have any favorite on-the-job injuries?

Why yes we do. On Warped Tour in 2006, [vocalist] Geoff [Rickly] broke his nose on stage by getting smashed in the face with his mic. There was blood everywhere. It looked like he dunked his head in a bucket of red paint or ketchup. It made for some pretty amazing photos though... We looked like freakin' Gwar.

What's your least favorite interview question of all time?

"Do you like being called an emo band?" I think we all dislike that question. Another horrible question is "Why not Friday or Wednesday?"

Would you recommend people pick up "Kill the House Lights" if they're not already familiar with the band?

I absolutely recommend picking it up... I think it shows all the trials and tribulations of being in a real band with real problems. It shows that no matter what the industry tried to throw at us, we were still able to keep going because we love what we do. I think that it also shows that you have to believe in your art cause that is the one true thing. You can't trust anyone but your art in this revolving door industry. Lastly, we are all very handsome.

The last time I was at a Thursday show, I was near the pit and I lost a shoe. As I'm sure you guys collect all the crazy stuff that gets lost or forcibly removed at your shows, can you tell me what has since happened to my shoe and if it's leading a happy life on its own?

That shoe has actually carried me all across the country... It is a glorious shoe, a survivor of a shoe. Thank you for passing such a wonderful shoe to us, we actually got it bronzed last week as it will hang triumphantly from Geoff's mic stand in our future touring endeavors. The corporation greatly appreciates your contribution.

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