Waiting is the debut album by the emo quintet 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.
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.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Thursday's debut album Waiting, Geoff Rickly's label Collect Records will release a remastered version of the album on March 24, 2015. The updated version will feature updated artwork and be 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".