The first time I heard of This Providence, I was at the Ludo, Sing It Loud, and The Morning Light show back in February. When they came on stage with their long dark hair and black skinny jeans, I thought Oh, great. Another pop/punk band with boring lyrics about girls and drinking. I was completely wrong. They opened up with A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing. I quickly picked up the chorus, sang along at the top of my lungs, and danced the whole time. It was the most fun I've had at a show. Their set was my favorite that night.
Dan Young: Vocals/Guitar
Gavin Phillips: Guitar
David Blaise: Bass
Andy Horst: Drums
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, This Providence, a Christian indie/rock band has received over 3 million plays on Myspace, released 3 albums and an EP within 6 years, and toured with numerous bands. I wasn't surprised when I discovered that they were considered a Christian band. Not all, but the majority of This Providence songs are about God. Listeners know that this band puts all their heart and soul into the music, whether it's writing songs or performing them live. Each song is catchy and just plain honest.
This Providence has shared the stage with The Cab, Copeland, Paramore, Sing It Loud, All Time Low, The Morning Light (RIP :'( ), Relient K, Brighten, Ludo, The Hush Sound, and many more. Over the Summer, they toured with Hey Monday, The Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline, and The Bigger Lights. This Fall, they will be touring with Cartel, The Summer Set, and Runner Runner.
Daniel Young (vocals) and Gavin Phillips (guitar) started This Providence in 2003. After graduating high school, This Providence worked with Seattle-based Rocketstar Recordings and released their debut full-length record, Our Worlds Divorce.
The quartet was signed to Fueled By Ramen in early 2006. They released their self-titled full-length Sophomore album in September 2006.
The opening track, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, is clearly about Satan. Young is telling us to stop giving in and stand against the devil."I've had enough of your games. If you're not trembling, you'd better be, because we're gonna be the end of you. I'm gonna show them who you really are. And I can tell you right now, it won't be pretty / You held me down for so long, but it's not gonna last, because I can see right through your beautiful eyes."
Last October, the band released an EP titled The Bright Lights EP. This past March, they released their third album Who Are You Now? Compared to their self-titled album, Who Are You Now? shows how they developed their own sound and how they've grown as musicians.
Who Are You Now was recorded with Matt Squire(All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Panic! At The Disco). Oscary Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray inspired Young to write a short story, which led him to write the 13 tracks of Who Are You Now?. This album is a collection of mostly rock songs with the occasional acoustic, slower songs.
Squeaking Wheels and White Light, the renovated version of My Beautiful Rescue, and Playing the Villian tend to be crowd pleasers. They have amazing lyrics and a fun, great beat that makes everyone want to dance. Chasing the Wind is the one of the acoustic songs that starts out mellow and gradually gets more powerful. My personal favorite is Sand In Your Shoes. Every since I heard Dan sing it back in February, I've been hooked. I can't go a day without listening to them.
Moral of the story? Don't judge a band on their looks. Even if they look like your typical pop/rock band. You will never know if their music could change your life if you don't give them a chance. I love that This Providence isn't afraid to share their message about God. Their talent definitely won't hold them back - making their future very bright.
This Providence - Letdown
Today, This Providence released the music video for their new single Keeping On Without You.
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