With Thrice about to embark on their final tour and Thursday just having finished up their last shows, post-hardcore, in the terms of what originally attracted me to the genre, is dead. That’s not to say that a vibrant new community hasn’t sprung up out of the underground to replace it in the burgeoning screamo scene, or that this is the first time it has died as a similar comparison can be made of Fugazi’ and At the Drive-In’s demise after their reign as genre kings throughout the 1990’s, but certainly the aged scene which many of us were once attracted to in some way or another has reached it’s end. These two bands, besides having seemingly parallel careers and similar starting names, were in many ways the pulse of a generation of kids in the early and mid-2000’s. One doesn’t have to go far to see the influence, good and bad, that these bands have had. Sure, they are in part responsible for what Warped Tour has become over the last few years, which is dubious at best, but they never sunk into that mess themselves. After both redefining the style with Illusion of Safety and Full Collapse respectively, and then finding commercial success with releases on Island records, they continued to push themselves forward and both got themselves dropped from their labels for not sacrificing their own vision. There was no cash in. Thrice spent their advances on building and maintaining their home studio and Thursday got dealt the weaker hand with members not only having to worry about their next album but where they would sleep the night as well. In the end it resulted in what could arguably be considered some of the finest releases in their careers with Major Minor and No Devolucion. It’s sad to see them go, but both went out not only on a high note, but with their integrity still in tact.
With the scene kids migrating almost solely to the metalcore side of the spectrum and the third generation of copycats being more akin to 80’s cock rock than anything that resembles punk aesthetic, Thrice and Thursday managed to hold fast to their original fan base by growing with them. As the new rebirth of the post-hardcore indie-verse ushers in their time to shine, there is a whole lot of former scene kids in their twenties who are finally ready to bookend their teenage memories.