There’s nothing better to break up the monotony of the holiday season, with all its peace and rigid structuring and fruitcake, than with a punk rock dropkick to the face in the form of an all-star punk tour of Thursday, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Fake Problems. And like the fruitcake, there should be plenty of nuts.

The show kicks off on December 4th in Farmingdale, NY before winding down on December 19th in Cambridge, MA. But before you West Coast punks start thrashing in the streets, know that the tour will be playing mostly East Coast shows, going no further west than Illinois.

Now if we had to choose which band were to go on last, Thursday and its post-hardcore melodies would get our vote. Face it: they released their fifth studio album, Common Existence, back in February and they headlined this year’s Taste of Chaos tour, making bands like Four Year Strong their music underlings.


Of course, the boys of Dillinger Escape Plan are no slouches. They started their own label, Party Smasher, Inc., back in May, hit up Bonnaroo with Trent Reznor, and they’ve got the album Option Paralysis out in early 2010. Rounding out the trio is Fake Problems; sure the Naples, Florida band isn’t as big as their counterparts, but with a sophomore effort out back in February and a sound that draws from everyone from Blink 182 to Waylon Jennings, they’re sure to make the crowd scream, “Oy.”

Tickets go on sale October 10th via Ticketmaster.

Thursday 2009 Tour Dates:
12/04 – Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey *^
12/05 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon *^
12/06 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques *^
12/07 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club *^
12/09 – Poplar Grove, IL @ Chubby Rain House of Tunes *^
12/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection *^
12/11 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter *^
12/12 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s *^
12/14 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre *^
12/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar *^
12/16 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club Downstairs Lounge *^
12/17 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock *^
12/18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights *^
12/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs *^

* = w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan
^ = w/ Fake Problems