Waiting (Thursday album)

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Studio album by Thursday
Released December 6, 1999 (1999-12-06)
Genre Alternative rock,[1] indie rock[1]
Length 33:47
Label Eyeball, Collect (reissue)
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)[2]
Pitchfork (2015) 6.5/10.0[3]
Punknews.org 2.5/5 stars (2001)[4]
5/5 stars (2015)[5]
Sputnikmusic 2/5[1]

Waiting is the debut album by the emo 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.


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.

2015 reissue[edit]

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".[6][7][8]

Track listing[edit]

  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[edit]

  1. "This Side of Brightness" (demo)
  2. "Dying in New Brunswick" (demo)
  3. "Mass as Shadows"


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