Our Worlds DivorceReleased:
November 16, 2004Label:
RocketstarMyspace: http://myspace.com/thisprovidenceTrack List:
01. Well Versed In THe Ways Of The World 02:39
02. Thruth And Reconciliation 02:42
03. Everyday 04:33
04. Best Wishes 03:20
05. To Kill This 03:40
06. Ceartain Words In Uncertain Times 03:16
07. Catching My Breath 04:16
08. Twisted Sytem 02:22
09. Any Romantic Fairytale 03:24
10. Our Flag Is White 05:05Release Notes:
I heard about "This Providence" through means of browsing
through bands on Amazon like: Copeland, and Daphne Loves
Derby. I listened to the samples and thought it sounded like a more
upbeat DLD, who I like a lot. So I went out and bought this. At first
I was a bit dissapointed with the only 10 tracks on the CD but after
a listen I was quite impressed, enough even to visit their site and
see exactly what this band is was all about.
It was only a little less than a month ago that TP's drummer, Paul
Benson left the band. After I heard, I immediately thought negatively...
"Great I just bought a band's LP that is breaking up as I speak."
This sucks.... (not quite) I'm happy to say that they recently employed
a new drummer: Ryan Tapert. So I'm a happy reviewer knowing that
this great band will not cease to exist, but will continue to grow and
stretch out the talent they cleary possess.
TP is at first glance, a typical indie boy band. You know, that typical
Dime-a-dozen fad induced formula that's really common in this genre.
Turns out the quartet are christians, not a christian band, but Christians
in a band. Which is something I like a lot. It's obvious that the girls will
eat them up being that not only the frontman/guitarist is highly attractive
to the Female population, (and Australian) but the rest of the band's
members follow closely behind with an image that seems to be made for
MTV. These guys are far from that status however, and will definately rise
to indie-fame alongside the likes of their seattle emo/pop brothers.
Like I said before, TP is from Seattle, along with 500 other indie bands
that want to be the next "the early november" I wouldn't blame you for
refusing to listen to them because of it either. Among all those bands
though, there are a few that stick out... I believe TP is one of them.
There's lots of melody on this CD, something that always sucks me
into a band. (and seriously they had me from the start) These guys are
so infectiously catchy that you'll be crying about it. Just listen to the
chorus to "truth and reconciliation". It's a monster melody that will turn
over any doubting fan in mere seconds. That's just one quality that
makes TP a great band.
The production too, is super-slick. I believe this was produced by the
same guy responsible for "Gatsby's american dream", which is definately
not a bad thing. It's very polished, but not overly so like a lot of bands
in this pool.
I read in a review that this CD was catchy and fun, but not life changing.
Quite frankly, I have no idea what that guy is talking about! The lyrics
here are phenomenol. The fact that these guys are christian, has nothing
to do with it. There's the usual love/breakup songs, but much of it deals
with life in itself. In fact, much of this wouldn't be out of place if featured
on the OC. It's that kind of CD that goes great as a summer soundtrack.
(too bad it's winter where I live)
The formula is simple yet complex. Occasional double-time drum patterns
keep things fresh, on top of well laced guitar parts and a sea of vocal
melody; this record makes for an awesome musical experience. The ten
songs may not be much, but every one of them carries a bag of
originality and musical prowess. A lot of bands in this genre use myspace
to get big, and showcase the 4 best songs on the CD and then we all
buy it, only to find the rest sort of suck. Not so on OWD! Every song here
has some type of redeeming quality about it. From the short and melodic
"Well versed in the ways of the world" to the slow and dreamy "our flag is white",
theres not one song that I dislike.
Overall, TP has a sound that's quite refreshing in an overpopulated genre.
I'm giving this an easy 5, but be warned, there will be much more to come
from this band!