So there's this little label called FUELED BY RAMEN, on siad label you'll ind such bans as, The Academy Is..., Cute Is What We Aim For, Panic! At The Disco, and this up and coming band you might have heard of... Fall Out Boy?
And you'll find This Providence, a band comprised of Dan Yound, Gavin Phillips, Phil Cobrea, and Ryan Tapert, four boys rom the suburbs of Seattle. I sat down with dan a few months ago, and talked about a new album, Fueled by Ramen, and i it really does rain that much in Seattle.
At the age of 21, Dan Young is the front man of This Providence. How they got on FBR is through their good fiends in another Washington band, Gatsby's American Dream (Fearless Records). In addition to GAD, This Providence has got some other hometon friends, Forgive Durden, Classic Case and Daphne Loves Derby, to name a few. The Seattle scene, he says was "a little more open." A good healthy environment. It helped them reach the place they are now, and "it kinda drizzles all the time," in case you're wondering.
This Providence is a fairly young band though, Gavin's in high school, Ryan didn't make it to community college, but the band thing kind of got in the way, and with the success they were seeing it was "time to do the band thing."
Dan grew up in Australia, and made his way to the states when he was 16. He's got the accent. Girls love the accent, but Dan has a serious girlfriend. "Regrets suck," Dan says, when asked if he has any regrets about "doing the band thing." His biggegst regret is his girlfriend. They've been together almost 4 years, and he said "we'd at least be engaged by now" if it weren't for the band, but Dan deals with it well.
Thinking back to their first tour which Dan said was "crap." They played in a shed in Fresno once. The same time "The Sunday Best EP" was out.
But that was then. This Providence is a whol new band now. Dan says the sons on "The Sunday Best EP" does not reflect the band now, especially since Gavin wasn't in the band, "It shouldn't have been recorded."
Now with the release of "This Providence" Dan says it's "above & beyond what we expected" and he's very very excited, and hopes for the succes of the bands that came before them, on their label, which he has nothing but praise for. He thinks it's interesting to see thier CD in stores and is so proud of the record.
But most important Dan knows they're all still just "a bunch of kids" that have a lot of learning to do, they just happen to be doing it, all over the country. [CO]