Waiting (Thursday album)

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Studio album by Thursday
Released November 1999 (1999-11)
Recorded Spring 1999
Studio Big Blue Meenie, Jersey City, New Jersey; Mother West Studios
Genre Post-hardcore,[1] alternative rock,[2] indie rock[2]
Length 33:47
Label Eyeball
Producer Sal Villanueva
Thursday chronology
1999 Summer Tour EP
(1999)1999 Summer Tour EP1999
Full Collapse
(2001)Full Collapse2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic (favorable)[3]
Pitchfork (2015) 6.5/10.0[1]
Punknews.org 2.5/5 stars (2001)[4]
5/5 stars (2015)[5]
Sputnikmusic 2/5[2]

Waiting is the debut studio album by American rock band Thursday. The album was produced by Sal Villanueva and released on Eyeball Records in 1999. The photography throughout the album's artwork, with the exception of live shots, was done by Tom Keeley's uncle, Dennis Keeley.


With the exception of "Introduction" and "Where the Circle Ends", Waiting was recorded at Big Blue Meenie studio[6] in Jersey City, New Jersey in spring 1999.[7] Sal Villanueva acted as producer for the sessions. Jason Kantor engineered the recordings, while Tim Gilles mastered them at Surgical Sound. "Introduction" and "Where the Circle Ends" were recorded by Charles Newman at Mother West Studios. The two tracks were mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. A few additional musicians contributed to the recordings: Frank (guitar), Britta (violin), Mike (guitar input) and Kelly (live violinist).[6]


The song "Porcelain" is a tribute and call to action regarding suicide. Kevin, best friend to Geoff Rickly, had committed suicide soon after moving to San Francisco while suffering from Schizophrenia. At the time of his suicide, there wasn't a toll-free suicide hotline available in San Francisco that Kevin was aware of and he was unable to seek counseling at the time of his death. The song "Ian Curtis" was named after late lead singer of the UK group Joy Division. Another victim of suicide, Curtis hanged himself in his Macclesfield home in 1980. The song contains many Joy Division song references, most notably "Love Will Tear Us Apart".

The song "Dying in New Brunswick" was written by Geoff Rickly about his girlfriend who moved to New Brunswick and was raped while she was there. The lyrics are about how he hated the city for what happened and how he felt like he was dying whenever he was there.


In July 1999, while on tour the group released 1999 Summer Tour EP, a EP that featured demos and unmastered songs that would feature on Waiting.[8] Waiting was released through Eyeball Records in November.[7] The cover was taken by Dennis Keeley.[6]

2015 reissue

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Thursday's debut album Waiting, Geoff Rickly's label Collect Records released a remastered version of the album on March 24, 2015. The updated version features updated artwork and was released in a package containing the album on CD and 180 gram 12" LP with a bonus 7" containing demos of "This Side of Brightness" and "Dying in New Brunswick," in addition to the track "Mass as Shadows," which previously appeared on Thursday's 1999 tour EP. To promote the reissue, Collect Records released a lyric video for the track "Where the Circle Ends".[9][10][11]

Track listing

  1. "Porcelain" – 4:40
  2. "This Side of Brightness" – 3:35
  3. "Ian Curtis" – 3:47
  4. "Introduction" – 1:58
  5. "Streaks in the Sky" – 4:30
  6. "In Transmission" – 3:41
  7. "Dying in New Brunswick" – 4:06
  8. "The Dotted Line" – 4:19
  9. "Where the Circle Ends" – 3:11

2015 reissue 7" vinyl/CD bonus tracks

  1. "This Side of Brightness" (demo) – 3:33
  2. "Dying in New Brunswick" (demo) – 3:56
  3. "Mass as Shadows" – 6:33


Personnel per booklet.[6]


  1. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (March 27, 2015). "Thursday: Waiting". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Sputnikmusic review
  3. ^ Waiting at AllMusic
  4. ^ Punknews.org (2001) review
  5. ^ Punknews.org (2015) review
  6. ^ a b c d Waiting (Booklet). Thursday. Eyeball Records. 1999. EB015. 
  7. ^ a b "Thursday - Waiting". Bill Henderson. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Thursday - 1999 Summer Tour EP". Bill Henderson. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  9. ^ Sharp, Tyler (February 18, 2015). "Thursday announce 'Waiting: The 15th Anniversary Edition'". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ Biddulph, Andy (February 18, 2015). "This 'Waiting' Box Set Is A Thursday Fan's Dream Come True". Rock Sound. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Adams, Gregory (February 16, 2015). "Thursday Celebrate 15th Anniversary of 'Waiting' with Expanded Vinyl Reissue". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 

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