Kill the House Lights

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Kill the House Lights
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Compilation album by Thursday
Released October 30, 2007
Recorded 1997 - 2007
Genre Emo[1]
Melodic hardcore
Label Victory
Producer Sal Villanueva
Thursday chronology
A City by the Light Divided
Kill the House Lights
Thursday / Envy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (favorable)[2] 3.5/5 stars[3] 4.5/5 stars[4]

Kill the House Lights is a compilation album by New Jersey rock group Thursday.


The album includes many unreleased versions of older songs as well as three new songs. It also includes a DVD with a documentary on the band and live performances. The name of the record derives from a lyric from the song "M. Shepard" from the band's 2003 album War All the Time.

Thursday announced they would be filming a live album on December 27, 2006, at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.[5] They recorded their smaller show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ the next day.


On June 29, 2007, it was announced that the band would be releasing an untitled retrospective album through Victory Records.[6] On August 30, the album's title was revealed: Kill the House Lights, and would be released in October. Kill the House Lights was released on October 30 through Victory Records.[7]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Ladies and Gentlemen: My Brother, the Failure" (with Tim Kasher) - 4:12
  2. "Dead Songs" - 2:52
  3. "Voices on a String" - 3:33
  4. "Signals Over the Air" (Live at Starland Ballroom) - 4:25
  5. "How Long Is the Night?" (Original Intro) - 6:45
  6. "A Sketch for Time's Arrow" - 1:39
  7. "Panic on the Streets of Health Care City" - 3:15
  8. "The Roar of Far Off Black Jets" - 1:59
  9. "Paris in Flames" (Demo) - 4:32
  10. "Telegraph Avenue Kiss" (Rich Costey Mix) - 3:42
  11. "Wind-Up" (Demo) - 4:08
  12. "Music from Kill the House Lights" (Demo) - 1:16
  • "A Sketch for Time's Arrow" is a demo of "Time's Arrow" from the subsequent album Common Existence
  • "Panic on the Streets of Health Care City" is an alternate version of "The Other Side Of A Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)" from A City By The Light Divided
  • "Music from Kill the House Lights" is a demo of "In Silence" from the split 12" with Japan's Envy.

Best Buy Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Cross Out the Eyes" (Live at The Grove) - 4:22
  2. "Steps Ascending" (Live at The Grove) - 5:27
  3. "How Long Is the Night?" (Live at The Grove) - 7:24

Hot Topic Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Concealer" (Demo) - 2:23
  2. "Telegraph Avenue Kiss" (Demo) - 3:46

Live Performance (at the Starland Ballroom)[edit]

  1. "At This Velocity" - 2:50
  2. "Otherside of the Crash/Over and Out (of Control)" - 4:39
  3. "Paris in Flames" - 4:26
  4. "Autobiography of a Nation" - 3:35
  5. "Understanding in a Car Crash" - 4:12
  6. "Signals Over the Air" - 4:19
  7. "Sugar in the Sacrament" - 4:52
  8. "Jet Black New Year" - 4:44
  9. "Steps Ascending" - 4:19
  10. "Division St." - 4:04


  1. Intro: Live from Starland Ballroom, Music: "Otherside of the Crash" (in reverse)
  2. "At This Velocity" - Live at Starland Ballroom
  3. "This Side of Brightness" audio clip of early demo
  4. "The Other Side of the Crash" live at Starland Ballroom
  5. "Mass As Shadows" early demo
  6. "Streaks In the Sky" live in Geoff's basement
  7. "Porcelain" live
  8. "Paris In Flames" live at Starland Ballroom
  9. "In Transmission" live
  10. "Ian Curtis" live at the Melody Bar
  11. "Autobiography of a Nation" live at Starland Ballroom
  12. "Steps Ascending" live in Detroit
  13. "Understanding In a Car Crash" clips from the original music video
  14. "How Long is The Night" audio clip of original intro
  15. "Understanding In A Car Crash" live at Starland Ballroom
  16. "I Am The Killer" instrumental into live footage at Warped Tour
  17. "How Long Is The Night" live at the Warsaw
  18. "Cross Out The Eyes" instrumental mix
  19. "Division Street" live in Detroit
  20. "Roar of Far Off Black Jets" audio clip
  21. From "Marches And Maneuvers"
  22. "For The Workforce, Drowning" music video clip
  23. "Sugar In The Sacrament" live at Starland Ballroom
  24. "Music From Kill The House Lights"
  25. "Blinding Light" video clip from Taste of Chaos in Australia
  26. "Skate And Surf video Short"
  27. "I1100" instrumental mix
  • The track listing above is of the music featured in documentary entitled "Kill the House Lights".

The following is the track listing from an annual New Year's Eve show recorded in December 2006 at the Starland Ballroom which is included on the DVD.

  1. "At This Velocity"
  2. "Other Side of the Crash"
  3. "Paris in Flames"
  4. "Autobiography of a Nation"
  5. "Understanding in a Car Crash"
  6. "Signals Over the Air"
  7. "Sugar in the Sacrament"
  8. "Jet Black New Year"
  9. "Steps Ascending"
  10. "Division St."

Bonus material

  1. "I Am the Killer" (Live)
  2. "Moe, Larry & Surly"
  3. "Ballad of Andrew"
  • The recording of "I Am the Killer" is not the recording featured in Kill the House Lights.
  • "Ballad of Andrew" is video of Andrew before he joined as an official band member, working as the runner for War All the Time, doing tasks such as fixing the radiator in the producer's van.



  1. ^ "The Summer of Post-Prog". Bad-Assness. 2003-06-29. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ review
  4. ^ reviews
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  6. ^ "Thursday to release retrospective CD/DVD through Victory". Alternative Press. June 29, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Thursday name upcoming album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 30, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2017.