Update: Thursday Inks With Island Def Jam
Updating a story first posted yesterday (May 29), rising underground rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Island Def Jam and taken to its official Web site to decry what it says is unfair tUpdating a story first posted yesterday (May 29), rising underground rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Island Def Jam and taken to its official Web site to decry what it says is unfair treatment from Victory Records, to which it was previously signed.
The New Jersey-based quintet -- consisting of vocalist Geoff Rickly, guitarist Steve Pedulla, bassist Tim Payne, guitarist Tom Keeley and drummer Tucker Rule -- alleges that Victory founder Tony Brummel, "deceived, bullied and compromised" the group to an unsatisfactory end.
"When we first signed to Victory Records we were really excited about the idea of working with a label that supported bands we all grew up listening to," reads Thursday's post. "Once we signed, many of our friends warned us that we had probably gotten ourselves into a situation that we would regret. Soon after beginning our relationship with Victory we began to realize what people had been warning us about."
The statement goes on to chronicle disputes over radio promotion and artwork for the band's album "Full Collapse," and its shock over the discovery that Thursday "whoopee cushions" had been passed out at last year's Warped Tour without the band's permission.
"It is regrettable that the members of Thursday wish to voice their imaginary grievances with Victory Records on the Internet and in the press," Brummel says in a statement. "Victory has fully lived up to its agreements with the group. Thursday has breached those agreements. The members of the group have resorted to misrepresentation and unwarranted character assassination in an attempt to justify retroactively their improper signing of a recording agreement with Lyor Cohen at Island/Def Jam, one of the Universal Music Group labels."
"Full Collapse" is No. 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally this week. The set has sold 111,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. When the band began to graduate from VFW halls and basement shows to a support slot for Saves The Day at considerably larger venues, members say Brummel changed his tune about the band.
"We suddenly found ourselves with a new best friend," the band wrote. "We found it disheartening that this support wasn't there from the beginning. Instead of Tony's relationship with us being based on a love for music, it was based entirely on numbers."
The band says that during its recent ascent it was approached by a number of major labels, but didn't ultimately decide on Island Def Jam until Brummel sold a portion of the label to MCA. The band claims it was contractually blocked from moving to another independent label, but could leave Victory for a major.
Thursday closes the post by stating, "Victory Records has helped us very much. They helped us to make a record and to get it out to people. However, we have realized that we are not and never will be creatively aligned with Tony and his vision for our band and his company. The idea of family is very important to us [and] members of a family should treat each other in a forthright, honest, respectful and supportive manner. This is not the case with Victory because of the way Tony has acted towards us."