Geoff Rickly

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Geoff Rickly
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Geoff performing with Thursday
Background information
Birth name Geoffrey William Rickly
Born (1979-03-08) March 8, 1979 (age 35)[citation needed]
Origin Dumont, New Jersey, USA
Genres Post-hardcore, emo, indie rock, screamo, post-punk, hardcore punk
Occupations Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1997–present
Labels Astro Magnetics, Eyeball, Victory, Island, Epitaph
Associated acts Ink & Dagger, Thursday, My Chemical Romance, United Nations, Useless, Strangelight, No Devotion

Geoffrey William Rickly (born March 8, 1979)[1] is an American musician. He is best known for being the former lead singer and songwriter of Thursday, an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey and is currently fronting United Nations and No Devotion. He released six studio albums with Thursday and has released one with United Nations with a second due 2014. Rickly grew up in Dumont, New Jersey.[2][3] He was raised Catholic,[4] and attended Dumont High School, where he was a member of the band and played the tenor sax.

Rickly has contributed guest vocals to many songs, including My American Heart's "We Are the Fabrication", Murder by Death's "Killbot 2000", This Day Forward's "Sunfalls and Watershine", and Circa Survive's "The Lottery." Geoff also occasionally performs solo, most recently in Hoboken, New Jersey at the Eyeball Records holiday party, performing the Thursday songs "Autumn Leaves Revisited" and "This Side of Brightness" acoustically.

Lyrically, Rickly has been known to draw from a wide variety of influences, many of them being authors and poets. In a March 2009 interview,[5] he cited the works of Denis Johnson, Martin Amis, Roberto Bolaño and David Foster Wallace as being among his influences for the lyrics of Thursday's Common Existence album, which was released in February 2009. A tattoo on his forearm reads "love is love", a lyric from the band Frail; Rickly adopted these lyrics into Thursday's "A Hole in the World." Thursday's "Autobiography Of A Nation" is clearly influenced by poet Michael Palmer's "Sun."[citation needed]

He is diagnosed with epilepsy [6] and at one point became severely ill while on tour because of the medication he was taking.[citation needed]

Rickly is currently writing, recording, and playing for United Nations, an experimental grindcore collaboration, and No Devotion, the new band formed by the ex members of Lostprophets after their lead singer, Ian Watkins was jailed for sexual offences against children.[7][8]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jordan, Chris. "Thank God it's Thursday Kings of emo took a much-needed break instead of breaking up", Asbury Park Press, December 23, 2005. Accessed February 28, 2011. "'When we did that cover, it was sort of riding the line of we don't want it to be too much of a Buzzcocks song but rather our interpretation of it,' said Rickly, originally from Dumont."
  3. ^ Holahan, Catherine. "Generating emo out of real-life tragedy -- Thursday singer recalls Dumont", The Record (Bergen County), December 23, 2005. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Thursday's Geoff Rickly". 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Thursday Frontman Says He Doesn't Want To Exploit My Chemical Romance, But ...". MTV. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  7. ^ Denham, Jess (1 July 2014). "Lostprophets return with Geoff Rickly as new band No Devotion after Ian Watkins' child sex offences". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Michaels, Sean (1 May 2014). "Lostprophets members reunite to form new band". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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