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Album Review

This Providence's self-titled debut for Fueled By Ramen is a sweet, warm and melodic indie rock affair. It's really nothing more and nothing less, which is a good thing depending on how you look at it. The guys sound strikingly similar to their Seattle peers in Forgive Durden, albeit in a much less quirky and much more straightforward rock way, and fans who enjoyed 2004's Our Worlds Divorce will take to this album with open arms, as the two aren't so dissimilar. The emo quartet starts out on a strong foot with the urgent stomp of "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" before injecting some swagger in their step with the great driving bounce of "Card House Dreamer." From here, however, some tracks start to blend into one another, their varying tempos about the only thing to largely distinguish one from the next. And while none totally miss the target altogether, the band struggles a bit to make sure their consistency doesn't just turn into a predictable uniformity. Singer/guitarist Dan Young has a lazy sort of delivery that matches the steady roll of the band's songs, and that makes for an especially nice effect in tracks (as in "Losing Control") when his voice contrasts against bassist Phil Cobrea's more forceful backing parts. No one can accuse This Providence of making a bad album here, and as far as their emo peers go, these guys are definitely one of the more promising. But something is going to have to be done before their next record to really help them stand out from the exuberant pack, since as things stand now, they're still just a face in the crowd.


Formed: 2003 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emo pop/rock act This Providence came together in the summer of 2003 in Seattle, WA, recording and self-releasing their first EP soon after their formation. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Dan Young, guitarist Gavin Phillips, bassist/vocalist Phil Cobrea, and drummer Ryan Tapert, the group began gathering a decent local following while still in high school, playing in the same regional scene that spawned peers Gatsbys American Dream and Forgive Durden. The guys concurrently hooked up with Seattle-based...
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