Thursday, United Nations and No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly has launched a new podcast called Dark Blue. The description reads, "An exploration of the lives of musicians and artists, and the way they have dealt with health, trauma and other issues." Geoff also called it an "exploration of mental health in the arts" on Twitter, and he spoke to Noisey about it in further detail:
The frontman has seen some shit in his time leading a band that went through the wringer of indie rock stardom, major label struggles, and reunions. Not to mention his addiction to heroin, which he has been fairly open about. After kicking his use in 2017, people in his life started suggesting he consider a different career path, and tried to convince him that the life of an artist is not compatible with sturdy mental health.
His new podcast, Dark Blue, explores these crossroads—where creativity and mental health intersect. “I decided to start this show to document my own recovery and to explore the challenges that artists face and the solutions that have worked for them,” says Rickly. "This series is meant as a form of searching, seeking out help. I’m not a professional and I don’t claim to be an authority—just another person looking for answers."
The first three episodes of the podcast are up now. The first episode is an introduction episode by Geoff, where he discusses his personal reasons for doing the show. Episode two is with Saves the Day leader (and fellow New Brunswick punk scene veteran) Chris Conley, and episode three is with industrial/goth musician (and fellow Brooklyn resident) Pictureplane. Geoff also tells Noisey that he has an upcoming episode with his Thursday bandmate Steve Pedulla and Texas Is The Reason/New End Original member Norman Brannon "about touring with band members who don’t know you’re gay."
Listen to the first three episodes HERE and stay tuned for more.
In related news, Thursday are in the midst of doing Full Collapse/War All The Time shows, with four upcoming Brooklyn dates happening around the holidays.
Pictureplane just recently released a new album.