The wait is over! This Century is back on tour with The Long & Winding Roadshow and will be performing old favorites and exciting new songs to audiences across the nation. The music of Joel Kanitz (vocals), Sean Silverman (guitar/vocals), and Ryan Gose (drums) reverberates with honest, emotional lyrics set to provocative melodies. Each song is a musical essay outlining experiences that affect all generations.
Sometimes, molehills are mountains. After a successful start to their musical career, This Century was faced with a potentially life-changing event. Kanitz needed medical intervention to correct a throat condition. It would mean a substantial period of time, where the band would not be able to perform or record. There are no guarantees with this type of throat surgery, and the enforced silence afterward would temporarily make Kanitz a singer without a voice. It was a gamble that paid off. Instead of lamenting the fact that they were on mandatory hiatus, This Century used it as an opportunity for introspection. Silverman explains, “To come back on this tour we get to enjoy the little things we forgot that we enjoy. It kind of gave the band a break we needed to gear up to do something new that we love”. Kanitz recovered and the band is back on tour with a newfound sense of purpose to go along with the new music.
It’s the same, but different. Grief is an individual process, yet we all go through similar stages when a loved one is lost. The song “Footsteps in the Dark” says, “And I try to do it all without you/And love the way that you do/And time heal me of this broken heart”. The song was actually blended from the personal experiences of two different people who both lost a loved one. By combining their collective experience with the unique aspects of each person’s struggle, we come to appreciate that loss is something that everyone relates to on some level. We understand grief, because we have felt the pain also.
Music is a family affair. Silverman was introduced to guitar at an early age by his father, who is an accomplished guitarist. He was interested in learning to play, but his youthful inclinations kept him from devoting his full attention to music. Around fourth grade, Silverman picked it up again and has never stopped. By the time he got to middle school, Silverman began writing his own songs, providing the turning point in his future. He says, “I realized that the guitar became more of a tool, than it was that I was a guitar player. I just liked that guitar-facilitated ability to song write. That became the part of me that was like ‘Wow’ I could do this for the rest of my life.” By listening and recording songs from a popular radio station, Silverman taught himself how to write songs. In the beginning, he emulated other musicians, which led to the natural creative process of writing his own, original tunes.
Some things are better left unsaid. Honesty in a relationship does not necessarily mean knowing every detail about someone else. Lyrics from the song, “Tip Toe” aptly describe the process of getting to know another person. The words, “If I tell you/Will it break you/Will you lose your faith in me/Can you take it if I say it all” demonstrate anxiety over exposing the past to a significant other. As much as we trust, there are always bits and pieces of ourselves that are difficult to share.
The live performance left the audience enthralled. Like the night before Christmas, not a creature was stirring as they waited for This Century to take the stage. With the first note, the crowd became the choir as they sang in call and response to each song. Kanitz and Silverman are note-perfect, with vocals that complement each other, making each song better than the last. They have fun, drawing the listeners in to join the party. For most, it was a show that warranted staying out late on a Wednesday night, because no one wanted to miss This Century back in action. Signed to 8123, This Century released Biography of a Heartache in 2013, and will continue to tour for the remainder of this year.