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Geoff Rickly

Geoff performing with Thursday.
Background information
Birth name Geoffrey William Rickly
Born March 8, 1979 (1979-03-08) (age 31)[citation needed]
Origin Dumont, New Jersey, United States
Genres Post-hardcore, Indie rock, Screamo, Hardcore punk
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1997–present
Labels Astro Magnetics
Associated acts Thursday
United Nations

Geoffrey William Rickly (pronounced Jeffrey) (born March 8, 1979[1] is the lead singer and songwriter of Thursday, an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released five studio albums. Rickly grew up in Dumont, New Jersey[2] 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", (based on his love of fabricating lyrics) Murder by Death's "Killbot 2000" and This Day Forward's "Sunfalls and Watershine." Geoff also occasionally performs solo, most recently in Hoboken, New Jersey at the Eyeball Records holiday party, performing Autumn Leaves Revisited and This Side of Brightness acoustic.

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[3], 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 most recent album, Common Existence, 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."

He is diagnosed with epilepsy [4] and at one point became severely ill while on tour because of the medication he was taking.

Rickly is currently writing and recording with Glassjaw singer Daryl Palumbo and rock columnist, Jonah Bayer, for United Nations, a grindcore collaboration. Rickly insists that his main effort will remain Thursday.[5]


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