Wednesday, April 7, 2010

This Providence — new rock band, old rock sound

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

When you think of a guy who works for a printing company, the last image you’d get would be of Andy Horst, drummer for the band This Providence. Why you ask? Because most people who work at printing companies don’t rock like this guy and his Seattle-based band.

When This Providence hits the Casbah at Tremont Music Hall this Friday night (April 9), they’ll bring a sound reminiscent to that of the Cure, the Killers, a little Third Eye Blind and some Jimmy Eat World - which makes for one hell of a good rock n’ roll show. This is also the band’s first time headlining a tour (appropriately named The ‘Bout Damn Time Tour), and Andy Horst thinks this is their best effort yet. “With headlining we get the chance to really put on a show for OUR fans. The people who have supported and come to see us.” And with their new album Who Are You Now?, they’ve earned the right to showcase their talents.

“This album was really about figuring out who we were as a band and individually” says Horst, describing the new effort, “with band member changes, trying to understand the business, and just ourselves, we really were going through an identity crisis.” This explains why the band took most of the last year away from the road, working to really master the Who Are You Now? album. “This record, we really let it flow and be as natural as possible. Just write music and see how it turns out.”

It turned out just fine in my humble opinion. With tracks like “Letdown," “Somebody to Talk to," and Andy’s favorite “Waste Myself”, the band has a great sound that captures the energy and emotion of their live show.

And with the new tour and the new album comes some much earned respect and success for the group. “We’ve had some big moments recently” Andy explains, “one of our songs has been a top 5 song on Seattle radio for the last three months, we’ve had our videos shown on MTV, and now we’re headlining our own tour. It’s surreal to see the impact we’re having.”

And to think, for Andy at least, it all almost didn’t happen. “I turned the band down the first two times they asked me to join.” laughs Horst, “I was finishing up school and then working for a commercial printing company. Then when they asked a third time, I decided to give it a try.” This explains why Horst doesn’t mind being the drummer, “I prefer to be the guy in back. Just performing and being hidden. Just want to have fun and make sure our band brings it hard.”

Which they’ll do this Friday night in the Queen City.

This Providence w/Anarbor, The Audition, and The Bigger Lights – this Friday night at The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Show @ 7pm.


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