Former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, who was robbed at gunpoint in New York City earlier this month, has released a statement in which he discusses the difficulties he has faced over the course of the last year and thanks his fans and supporters for helping him make it through.
Click here to check out the full statement, download Geoff’s newest release “Darker Matter” for free (or for money, if you wish) and take a look at a full list of dates and locations on his upcoming tour with I Am The Avalanche’s Vinnie Caruana.
“Today I’m putting up my second release, Darker Matter//Mixtape 2, for free download. I put it up for you all with gratitude. Not only am I grateful for your continued support all these years, I’m grateful to be alive.
It’s been widely publicized that I was recently robbed at gunpoint. You can see stories on it here, here and here (nice awkward walking shots for the camera, Geoff). So many of you helped me out with a few dollars where you could. Some of you were far too kind. Thank you.
This isn’t why I’m so thankful to be alive, though. Less widely known, is that this has been the most unbelievably difficult year of my life. My health has been in question, my outlook has been bleak and my heart has been a broken city. I’ve stayed busy touring, meeting people, playing music… But, even then, I feel, ’I am carried in my shadow like a violinin its black case,” as Tomas Transtromer said.
The steady support and devotion of my friends, family, and bandmates, has kept me going: trying to place one day simply in front of the next.
This is my record of that time. It is difficult. And different from anything I’ve done before. I’m so grateful to still make music on my own terms, anyway that I want… even as I miss my old bandmates more than I can express.
So, yes, this release is free. If you’d like to pay for it, I will gladly except the help in replacing some of what I recently lost. Either way, if you are excited aboutcontinued free music, please check out the All Ages Movement Project. Because DIY, community-based scenes will always be the life’s blood of music AMP a great resource for it.
As I release this “mixtape”, I’m packing up to leave for a West Coast tour with my true friend Vinnie Caruana, whom I’ve toured with since the early days of The Movielife and Thursday. Come see us. Have a drink. Share a story. The shows are going to be very small and intimate and we’ll even be closing every night with a bunch of old songs together.”
6/22 – Portland, OR Backspace
6/23 – Seattle, WA The Vera Project
6/25 – San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
6/27 – Canoga Park, CA Cobalt Cafe
6/28 – Upland, CA The Wire Music and Art Venue
6/29 – Las Vegas, CA Backstage Bar & Billiards
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