Alternative Press has exclusively learned that emotional post-hardcore pioneers Thursday have inked a deal with Los Angeles-based indie label Epitaph Records, joining fellow recent signees New Found Glory and Bring Me The Horizon.

“One of our biggest concerns was that we find a situation where we could be free to just be Thursday,” explains Thursday frontman, Geoff Rickly. “Epitaph have continually voiced their desire to help us become the band that we have always wanted to be. It’s a great feeling to have a label encourage you to be more socially conscious and politically active. It’s a great feeling to have a label owner push you to explore the most experimental and challenging aspects of your band’s music instead of dissuading you. It’s a truly great feeling to be working with a label that all of our friends have had so many great experiences with.”

The New Jersey sextet, who are releasing a split album with Tokyo’s Envy on Nov. 4, will release their fifth proper full-length this spring on Epitaph. There is no confirmation on who the band will record with yet.

“We’ve always believed that music has the power to change lives and that all of us who have been lucky enough to make music for a living have a responsibility to try and make the world a more compassionate and livable place in any small way that they can,” Rickly adds. “We hope that with Epitaph’s help and guidance, we can do our part.”